Prof Mokbel says; “Skin-sparing mastectomy (SSM) has become a valid option for women who are undergoing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction for early breast cancer. The reason for this is that conventional non skin-sparing mastectomy (NSSM) often results in prominent scars on the new breast and a paddle of skin that is of a different colour and texture to the natural skin. With SSM most of the natural skin envelope is preserved during the immediate breast reconstruction leading to a much better aesthetic outcome. It also reduces the need for surgery on the other breast, which may otherwise be required to give a symmetrical appearance.”
Prof Mokbel goes on to explain the procedures and how they link with other the treatment options (radiotherapy), how the nipple can be saved and the safety of this reduced approach.
Prof Mokbel is Consultant Breast Surgeon at St. George’s Hospital NHS Trust and the London Breast Institute at The Princess Grace Hospital.
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