Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery at Touro
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced approach in which breast surgeons remove cancerous tissue through a single incision made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring.
By utilizing this approach, surgeons can preserve a natural-looking breast by sparing the nipple, areola and surrounding tissue. The Hidden Scar approach may also ease the emotional impact of breast cancer surgery, in that patients have little to no visible reminder of the surgery, and experience a more natural looking breast reconstruction.
Patients who undergo this approach are also at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique. 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 size, and your surgeon’s training. Ask your surgeon if you are candidate for one of the below surgical options.
Hidden Scar™ nipple sparing mastectomy
Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is an advanced surgical approach that removes the underlying breast tissue while preserving the nipple-areolar complex and breast skin. The inframammary fold incision (the natural crease beneath the breast) is the preferred
incision location for breast and plastic surgeons due to its ability to hide any scar.
This safe approach can be utilized in patients seeking prophylactic mastectomy (prevention because of a strong family history or carriers of the BRCA gene), in women with DCIS
(non-invasive cancer), or small tumors that do not lie directly beneath the nipple. These patients normally have relatively small to medium-sized breasts (A to C cups) without significant excess skin or ptosis (breast sagging).
Hidden Scar™ breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy)
Hidden Scar Breast Conserving Surgery or Lumpectomy is an advanced approach that removes the tumor along with a small portion of the surrounding healthy tissue (margin), while preserving the majority of the breast, through a single incision hidden in one of three places:
- inframammary fold (the natural crease beneath the breast)
- along the areola border
- axilla (armpit)
Hidden Scar Lumpectomy uses oncoplastic techniques to fill the void created at the site of tumor and margin removal, while leaving the patient with a more natural shape and contour of the breast.
You may be considered for a Hidden Scar Lumpectomy if the size of the cancer is small enough relative to the size of the breast, and if the cancer is confined to one specific area in the breast.
The most important criteria for this approach is that the size of the tumor will allow for its complete removal with some margin of normal tissue all the way around the tumor.