Simple Mastectomy

A simple mastectomy removes all of the visible breast tissue and as much skin as needed to make the chest as flat as possible. This is what is done for women who want to have a flat chest after surgery (no reconstruction).


A simple mastectomy can be done in conjunction with a sentinel lymph node biopsy or an axillary lymph node dissection (in which case it is called a modified radical mastectomy) if either of these procedures are needed.


Women who are smokers have an increased risk of complications with any form of mastectomy or reconstruction, however a simple mastectomy has the lowest risk compared to the other types.