Dr. Harness explains if women retain their nipples after a mastectomy.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
If you are doing mastectomy without reconstruction, there is no point in leaving the nipple or areolar complex behind. You want to try and maximize the amount of skin you take off so that, again, the skin is down flat against the chest wall so that a prosthesis, either inside the bra or stuck on the chest wall, can fit properly. So no, there is no point in leaving the nipple-areolar area behind.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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