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Hidden Scar Procedures

With a Hidden Scar 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 Cape Cod Healthcare, we provide patients with Hidden Scar Lumpectomy and Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy procedures. Our surgeons have been extensively trained in these Hidden Scar procedures to ensure that you have the best surgical outcome.

Hidden Scar Lumpectomy

In a lumpectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove a breast cancer tumor and a small portion of healthy tissue surrounding the tumor (margin), but will save the majority of the breast 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:

  1. Inframammary Fold: The natural crease beneath the breast
  2. Periareolar: Along the edges of the areola
  3. Axilla: In the armpit, usually hidden in a natural fold
There are three different locations for a lumpectomy incision that make the scar less visible

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.

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Traditional Results

Traditional Lumpectomy Results

Hidden Scar Results

Hidden Scar Lumpectomy Results

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Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

In a mastectomy procedure, your surgeon removes breast cancer tumor by removing all of the breast tissue. There are several mastectomy options: a simple (total) mastectomy, a skin sparing mastectomy, and a nipple sparing mastectomy (NSM). A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is a type of mastectomy procedure where the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue, but does not remove the 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 make the scar less visible:

  1. Inframammary Fold: The natural crease beneath the breast
There is one location for a Nipple Sparing Mastectomy that make the scar less visible

You may be considered for a Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy if no cancerous tissue is found in the nipple. Additionally, a Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is a safe approach that can be used in patients seeking a prophylactic mastectomy (a mastectomy that is performed even if cancer does not exist – this may be performed if the patient has a family history or carries the BRCA gene), in women with DCIS (non-invasive cancer), or small tumors that do not lie directly beneath the nipple.

Want more information on Hidden Scar Procedures? Visit breastcancersurgery.com to learn more.

Hidden Scar Results

Hidden Scar Mastectomy Results

Explanatory Video

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

It is important to have a clear understanding of your surgical options before deciding on the best treatment plan for you. At Cape Cod Healthcare, 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!

We encourage you to download these questions in our easy-to-use form and bring this questionnaire to your office visit.

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