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A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is the surgical removal of the breast while keeping the breast’s natural nipple. It is a procedure which is being used since the 1970s and has grown more technically advanced in the past decades. Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon Dr. Theunissen and his team of highly qualified professionals use a more patient centric approach to the procedure, ensuring quicker healing and better results for women who are looking to enhance the appearance of their breasts.

This procedure preserves the skin envelope along with the nipple areola, by only removing the underlying tissue from the breasts. When combined with a breast reconstruction procedure, a nipple sparing mastectomy offers superior results without compromising the cancer treatment that is being used by the patient.

Baton Rouge Reconstructive and Cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. Theunissen, together with Oncologists routinely offers nipple-sparing mastectomies to patients who are deemed appropriate for the procedure. The best part about the Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is that the procedure can be performed alongside any other type of breast reconstruction surgery.


Patients who have undergone the procedure have noted a noticeably natural feel to their newly reconstructed breasts. What makes this fact so important cannot be denied, as a patient’s psychological reaction to their breasts immediately after the surgery plays a pivotal role in the overall recovery of the patient. Dr. Theunissen can perform a nipple sparing mastectomy if the cancer is at least two centimeters away from the nipple, and if it measures less than 4 centimeters in total, and is not affecting the skin around that area. That being said, it is possible for patients who have undergone chemotherapy to still be eligible for a Nipple Sparing Mastectomy, but it is usually the Oncologist who will recommend the procedure after a thorough examination has been carried out.


Reportedly more natural feel with Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Radiation Patients may still qualify for this procedure

May be performed in conjunction with all Breast Reconstruction Procedures


The Nipple Sparing Mastectomy procedure is usually performed with the help of a single incision at either side of the lower or lateral area of the breast. Often times, the surgeon will opt for an incision being made in the inframammary fold right under the breast, which leaves scars that aren’t that easily noticeable. While this ensures a more natural looking appearance and minimum scarring after the procedure, whether or not the surgeon will use it is up to their discretion.

Once the procedure has been carried out the patient will need to stay overnight. During that time the hospital staff will take care of any pain or other side effect, and observe the patient’s recovery. Most patients who go for the Nipple Sparing Mastectomy procedure are able to fully recover after two or three weeks.



While the results of the procedure will vary from person to person, all patients note that their breasts look more like their previous breasts. That being said, the procedure could also result in diminished sensation in the breast when touched. It is important to remember that after a Nipple Sparing Mastectomy it may take a year before full sensation is returned to the breast that underwent the procedure. But, in most cases, some sensation is retained after the procedure.

Please also keep in mind that while mastectomy is considered to be the most effective treatment to reduce breast cancer recurrence, there can never be a total guarantee that breast cancer will not recur. Dr. Theunissen will take meticulous care during the procedure to remove all visible breast tissue, reducing the chance of a reoccurrence. After your procedure, you’ll be screened regularly and undergo careful clinical breast examination.

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is just one of the amazing procedures Dr. Theunissen meticulously performs to help women fight and beat breast cancer to go on to living the full, happy lives they deserve. If you would like to learn more. Please contact our office at 225-218-6108.


Breast Reconstruction - A.L., Facebook & Google Review

“I was referred to Dr. Theunissen by my oncologist Dr. Bowie. This was not a surgery I wanted to do but needed to do, and I had a lot of anxiety. He really eased my mind by answering all my questions. I trusted Dr. Theunissen & his staff to take care of everything, and I’m glad I did! I could not be more happy & healthier now!! :-))”

L.C., Facebook Review

“I travel from Alexandria to Baton Rouge to see Dr. T, even for minor treatments such as Botox and/or fillers. In treating me, Dr. T has set the bar so high, I don’t even inquire about local doctors anymore. They just won’t measure up. Oh, I’m sure we have good doctors here, but Dr. T is great! You can trust Dr. T. He listens to your concerns and goes out of his way to see that you are happy. He instantly puts even the shyest person at ease. Let me not neglect to mention Dr. T’s phenomenal staff! He has the best nurse and reception area 🙂 Thank you, Dr T & Staff 🙂 Blessings, Lydia Cortello”

C.O., Facebook Review

“My experience with Dr. Theunissen and his staff was exceptional. I had consulted with other groups for my procedure, but decided to travel outside of Lafayette based on his professionalism and attention. His follow-up made me feel that he truly cared about me and my outcome.”

N.S., Breast Augmentation Revision, Google Review

“Second plastic surgeon I have been to for breast augmentation. Answers any and all questions and makes you very comfortable. He did an amazing job repairing my previous surgery. I couldn’t be more happy with the results! His nursing and surgical staff are top notch!!” – Nicole Skrintney, Breast Augmentation Revision, Google Review

D.M., Google Review

“Dr. Theunissen is a wonderful and devoted doctor. His honesty and kindness are just a few details of the incredible bedside manner he has. He is complimented by the loving and knowledgeable staff that work for him. From the front desk, to his assistants, and the recovery nurses, he has a team that provides the best level of care any patient would hope for. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”

L.J., DIEP Breast Reconstruction, Facebook Review

“Dr. Theunissen is absolutely a brilliant surgeon! After complications with breast implants from previous double mastectomy and reconstruction performed by well-known surgeon in New Orleans, Dr. T spent several visits with me explaining Diep Flap procedure. I really did not want to have this surgery; however, it was my best option. I’m so thankful for Dr. Theunissen and his highly experienced staff! My results are fabulous! I smile every day when I think of what a challenge I was and how happy I am today! Oh, by the way, he discovered a small kidney cancer, which was evident on first CT scan at beginning of my cancer journey! He arranged for partial removal of kidney with a fabulous urologist in Baton Rouge. He absolutely saved my life. Dr. Theunissen did his job, God heals!!!”

D.R., Brachioplasty, Facebook Review

“I had considered having my “wings” removed from my arms for years but after losing weight I knew it was time. Dr. T. was recommended by a former patient. All concerns were addressed during my consultation & I’m extremely pleased with my results. I have no hesitation in recommending Dr. Theunissen.”

L.A., DIEP Breast Reconstruction, Facebook Review

“Dr. Theunissen performed a double breast reconstruction for me, and I have been very pleased with my care and the final results of my surgery. Dr. T knows his field extremely well and is a skilled surgeon and the nicest physician I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.” 

T.M., Facebook Review

“A generous and compassionate Doctor, great bedside manner”

Y.F., Facebook Review

“He’s excellent!! I appreciate Dr. T as well has his team for giving my son the best care possible.”

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