Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery
Scars can be a lasting reminder of the challenges faced while battling breast cancer. For many, Hidden Scar breast cancer surgery may help ease the emotional impact.
The Hidden Scar approach enables surgeons to remove cancerous tissue through a single incision hidden in the natural crease beneath the breast, along the border of the areola or under the armpit. Utilizing this advanced approach, surgeons are able to minimize visible scarring and preserve a natural-looking breast by sparing the nipple, areola and surrounding tissue.
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery may be appropriate for a wide range of breast cancer patients undergoing nipple sparing mastectomy or breast conserving (lumpectomy) procedures. Qualification depends on a patient’s tumor size and location, breast shape and breast size. Patients who undergo this approach are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique.
Dr. Rachael Hayes is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who focuses on oncoplastic techniques, a method of removing breast cancer while retaining the breast’s shape and appearance. She is the only surgeon in the area certified in Hidden Scar™ breast cancer surgery techniques.
Lutheran Hospital is a Center of Excellence for Hidden Scar™ breast cancer surgery.
Hidden Scar Lumpectomy
A lumpectomy involves removing a breast cancer tumor and a small portion of healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. The majority of the breast remains, including the nipple area.
A lumpectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar procedure if the size of the tumor is small enough relative to breast size and if the cancer hasn’t spread to other areas of the breast. There are three potential locations for a lumpectomy incision that make the scar less visible:
Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy
A mastectomy involves removing all of the breast tissue using a total mastectomy, a skin sparing mastectomy or a nipple sparing mastectomy procedure.
A nipple sparing mastectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar procedure if no cancerous tissue is found in the nipple. An incision is made in the natural crease beneath the breast, making the scar less visible.
This approach may also be used for patients with a family history or who carry the BRCA gene; in women with DCIS (non-invasive cancer); or for those with small tumors that do not lie directly beneath the nipple.
Ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for a Hidden Scar procedure.
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