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International Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume 2011, Article ID 396901, 7 pages
Review Article

Technical Advances in Skin Sparing Mastectomy

1Division of Plastic Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA
2Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, 1365C Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30327, USA

Received 12 November 2010; Accepted 3 March 2011

Academic Editor: C. H. Yip

Copyright © 2011 Grant W. Carlson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Skin sparing mastectomy has resulted in marked improvement in the aesthetic results of immediate breast reconstruction. Mature data has confirmed its oncological safety in the treatment of breast cancer. The procedure has gained wide acceptance and has undergone numerous technical advances since its introduction over twenty years ago. Careful patient selection and choice of skin incisions are necessary to avoid complications.