New surgical techniques now offer women undergoing surgery for breast cancer the option of mastectomy and immediate reconstruction without major scarring.
The most commonly used procedure uses incisions that go from side to side across the breast and leave obvious scars. The new technique places the incision around the edge of the areola. Breast tissue is then removed, and immediate reconstruction uses autologous tissue to rebuild the breast mound and replace the nipple area.
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