Skin Sparing Mastectomy

Removal of the entire breast tissue, nipple and areola but saves much of the skin over the breast. This procedure is typically done only if it is in combination with restoration

Modified Radical Mastectomy

Removal of the entire breast which includes the nipple, areola, overlying skin and some lining of the chest muscle. It may also include removal of some lymph nodes.

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Removal of the entire breast tissue but does not include removal of the nipple or areola skin.

Radical Mastectomy

Removal of the entire breast which includes the nipple, areola, overlying skin, lymph nodes under the arm and the chest muscles. Fortunately, today this surgery is infrequent and is only recommended if the cancer has spread to the chest muscle.

Total Mastectomy

Removal of the entire breast which includes the nipple, areola and most of the overlying skin.

There are many types of breast cancer surgeries and restoration. Breast cancer surgery is generally one of two types: breast conserving or mastectomy.

Breast Conservation Surgery


A breast conservation surgery simply means that the goal is to remove the least possible amount of breast tissue possible while still removing the cancer. Often, radiation treatments are used after breast conservation surgery.

Breast Restoration

There are three main types of breast restoration procedures.