Hidden Scar® Breast Cancer Surgery
No visible reminder of your surgery, cancer or risk of cancer
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer. At Choice Cancer Care, we want you to know all of your breast cancer surgery options so you can feel informed and empowered in your surgical decision. We pride ourselves on providing our patients with the most advanced surgical options in breast cancer surgery. Our surgeons are trained in Hidden Scar surgical techniques, and together, our goal is to give you the best surgical treatment and experience.
Breast cancer can be surgically removed with a mastectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue) or a lumpectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove only part of your breast tissue). With a Hidden Scar procedure, your surgeon will place the incision in a location that is hard to see, so that the scar is not visible when your incision heals. As a result, you have little to no visible reminder of the surgery or your cancer.
The Hidden Scar techniquecan be performed for a nipple sparing mastectomy or a lumpectomy procedure. Patients who undergo the Hidden Scar approach, do not have a higher risk of cancer recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique1,2. You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery based on the size and location of your tumor, your breast shape, and your breast size. Ask us if you are a candidate for a Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery by calling Choice Cancer Care at 214-379-2700 to schedule a consultation.
- Sacchini V., Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy for Breast Cancer and Risk Reduction: Oncologic or Technical Problem? Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2006; 203(5) 5: 704-714.
- Mitchell, Sunny. A step-by-step Oncoplastic breast conservation surgical atlas of reproducible dissection techniques and anatomically ideal incision placement. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017.
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery Procedures
With a Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery procedure, your surgeon will place your incision in a location that is hard to see, so that the scar is not visible when your incision heals. As a result, you have little to no visible reminder of the surgery or your cancer.
At Choice Cancer Care, we provide patients with Hidden Scar Lumpectomy and Hidden Scar Mastectomy procedures. Our surgeons are trained in these less invasive procedures.
Hidden Scar Lumpectomy
During a lumpectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove a breast cancer tumor and a small portion of healthy tissue surrounding the tumor (margin). The majority of the breast is spared including the nipple area.
A lumpectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar procedure. This means that the incision is made in a place that is hard to see. There are three different locations for a lumpectomy incision that make the scar less visible:
- Inframammary Fold: The natural crease beneath the breast.
- Periareolar: Along the edges of the areola.
- Axilla: In the armpit, usually hidden in a natural fold.
You may be considered for a Hidden Scar Lumpectomy if the size of the tumor is small enough relative to the size of your breast, and if the cancer has not spread to other areas of the breast.
Hidden Scar Mastectomy
During a mastectomy procedure, your surgeon removes the breast cancer tumor by removing all of the breast tissue. There are several mastectomy options: a simple (total) mastectomy, a skin sparing mastectomy, or a nipple sparing mastectomy. A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is a type of mastectomy procedure where the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue, but does not remove the skin or nipple.
A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar Procedure. This means that the incision is made in a place that is hard to see. There is one location for a Nipple Sparing Mastectomy that makes the scar less visible:
- Inframammary Fold: The natural crease beneath the breast
You may be considered for a Hidden Scar Mastectomy if:
- Your nipple does not contain cancerous tissue
- You are having a prophylactic (risk-reducing) surgery but do not currently have cancer
- You have non-invasive cancer
- You have small tumors that do not lie directly beneath the nipple
Want more information on Hidden Scar Procedures? Visit breastcancersurgery.com to learn more.
Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
Dr. Amelia Tower has completed extensive training in Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery. Dr. Amelia Tower performs both Hidden Scar Lumpectomy and Hidden Scar Mastectomy procedures.
It is important to have a clear understanding of your surgical options before deciding on the best treatment plan for you. At Choice Cancer Care, we find that many patients do not know what types of questions to ask. We want to make sure you have all of the information you need, so we have put together a list of questions for you!
- What type of cancer do I have and how serious is it?
- What are my surgical options, and why?
- Am I a candidate for Hidden Scar Mastectomy or Hidden Scar Lumpectomy? Are you trained in Hidden Scar procedures?
- Is the cancer recurrence rate the same with skin sparing or nipple sparing mastectomy compared to a simple mastectomy? After reconstruction will both of my breasts look the same?
- What will my scars look like?
Additional Appointment Questions by Topic
Questions about your cancer
- What type of cancer do I have?
- How large is the cancer?
- Has the cancer spread?
Questions about pre-operative treatment
- Do I need a secondopinion?
- What kind of treatment do I need?
- Should I have a breast MRI?
- Is my cancer genetic?
- Do I need to be tested for breast cancer genes?
- How quickly do I need surgery?
Questions about lumpectomy
- If I have a lumpectomy, can the cancer come back in my breast?
- Is lumpectomy as effectiveas mastectomy?
- Am I a candidate for a Hidden Scar lumpectomy?
- Will I need lymph node surgery if I have a lumpectomy?
- What is the risk of lymphedema if you take out my lymph nodes?
- Are you trained in Hidden Scar Lumpectomy techniques?
Questions about mastectomy
- Are there different kinds of mastectomies?
- Can you save my nipple?
- Am I a candidate for skin-sparing or nipple-sparing mastectomy?
- Am I a candidate for Hidden Scar mastectomy?
- Are you trained in Hidden Scar techniques?
- Can the cancer come back after mastectomy?
Questions about post-operative treatment
- Do I need radiation and/or chemotherapy?
- Will I need a second operation? If so, when?
- Will I need plastic surgery?
- What are my breast reconstruction options?
- Who performs breastreconstruction?
- After breastreconstruction, will both of my breasts look the same?
- What will my scars look like?
Questions about life after surgery
- How long will I be in the hospital after my surgery?
- Is my other breast at risk of cancer?
- When can I go back to work?
- How often do I have to come back and have a follow-up?
- How often should I get a mammogram?
- When people look at me will they know I have had a mastectomy?
- What will my scars look like?