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Skin-sparing mastectomy with teardrop cut

Breast showing incision site for skin-sparing mastectomy with teardrop cut around the areola.

Skin-sparing mastectomy removes the whole breast, areola, and the nipple, but it keeps the skin that covers the breast. With this incision, the cut is made around the areola in a teardrop shape.

Current as of: May 4, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Laura S. Dominici MD - General Surgery, Breast Surgical Oncology

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