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All About a Hidden Scar Mastectomy

Hidden Scar Mastectomy

Each year, more than 266,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. Most of these patients are women who may require a mastectomy as treatment.

A hidden scar mastectomy is an advanced surgical option to remove breast cancer or to prevent breast cancer’s development. The technique is just as effective as traditional surgeries when it comes to treating breast cancer. 

With a hidden scar mastectomy, the team here at Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC places the surgical incision in a location that is difficult to see so no one can see the scar. 

Breast cancer surgery

A mastectomy is a surgery to remove all of your breast tissue. A lumpectomy is a different procedure that removes just the part of your breast tissue that holds a tumor. Together with your oncologist, we determine which type of surgery is best for your case.

But these surgeries can leave scars that remind you of your cancer. A hidden scar mastectomy is different. It leaves you with little to no reminder of your surgery or cancer. 

A hidden scar mastectomy involves placing your incision in a hard-to-see location.

The hidden scar procedures

We perform several types of mastectomies here at Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, including simple mastectomies, skin-sparing mastectomies, and nipple-sparing mastectomies.

Nipple-sparing mastectomies can be performed as a hidden scar surgery. During the procedure, we remove all of the breast tissue but leave the nipple intact. When done as a hidden scar surgery, we make the incision in the inframammary fold — the crease that sits just below the breast. 

A lumpectomy can also be done as a hidden scar surgery. You qualify if the size of your tumor is small in relation to the size of your breast. The cancer should also be localized and not spread to other areas of your chest. 

For a hidden scar lumpectomy, we place the incision in one of three places, depending on the location of your tumor. These include the natural crease beneath the breast, the areola border, and the armpit.  

Benefits of hidden scar mastectomy

A hidden scar mastectomy is effective at removing cancer and also offers a positive cosmetic outcome. You don’t have to experience scars to symbolize “beating” cancer. 

If you’re concerned about the impact scars will have on your self-confidence, body image, and future intimacy, a hidden scar mastectomy is a fantastic option. 

Effectiveness of a hidden scar mastectomy

Our surgeons can perform the hidden scar surgery as a nipple-sparing mastectomy or as a lumpectomy. You will not have a higher risk of cancer recurrence with the hidden scar surgery. 

Not all people qualify for hidden scar surgery. We recommend it based on the location and size of your tumor, your breast size, and your breast shape. Because the hidden scar technique is performed as a nipple-sparing surgery, you must have no signs of cancerous tissue in the nipple or have a non-invasive form of cancer. Nipple-sparing surgery is also an effective preventive measure in women at high risk of developing breast cancer.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, know your surgical options. Reach out to Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, to find out more about traditional mastectomies and lumpectomies, as well as hidden scar options. Call the office or use this website to set up an appointment today

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