For the women are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ, (an early form of breast cancer) a new nipple saving surgery is performed by California Pacific Medical Center plastic surgeon Dr.Carolyn Chang. Unlike the existing surgeries, the new procedure saves nipples, from being removed.

Surgery Highlights
a. The procedure is useful in patients who have cancerous cells which are confined to ducts and have not entered blood vessels.
b. In this procedure, cancerous breast is filled with blue dye, to facilitate identification of the tissue. Once the cancerous tissue is identified plastic surgeons save only a thin sheet of surface skin and pigmented layer of nipple and aureola from the entire breast tissue which is removed.
c. Reconstruction is done using silicone and saline breast implants are used in equal proportion, to give natural looking breast appearance.
d. However, this nipple saving surgery can be performed on only select few, in whom cancer is in its earliest form of development.