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Nipple-sparing mastectomy is another type of skin-sparing procedure that allows a woman to retain her own areola and nipple. Unlike the subcutaneous mastectomy (incision is made at the bottom of the breast), the incision for a nipple-sparing mastectomy is made around the areola. Although both techniques conserve the nipple, a subcutaneous mastectomy leaves more breast tissue behind. In the nipple-sparing procedure, the nipple-areola is completely removed from the breast, scraped clean of tissue and regrafted back onto the breast. During the surgery, a sample of the patient’s tissue beneath the nipple is tested. If cancer cells are found, the entire nipple-areolar complex is removed. Removing and regrafting the nipple usually causes it to lose most, if not all of its normal sensation and can change and flatten its shape.