Decades ago, a diagnosis of breast cancer almost always meant undergoing a mastectomy. However, advancements in medical science are making it possible to catch the disease earlier and to treat it much more effectively than ever before. This can mean, for some patients, that we may be able to treat breast cancer using more efficient procedures that preserve the natural tissue, like the lumpectomy with radiation-therapy. Oncoplastic surgery is an increasingly popular treatment option where the oncologic surgeon works closely with the reconstructive plastic surgeon to achieve a more aesthetically-pleasing final result. Through careful planning and coordination, the required surgical incisions can be placed so that the scars are less conspicuous and the breast tissue can be rearranged to preserve or even enhance the overall appearance of the breast.
See examples of Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
See examples of Skin Sparing Mastectomy