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 Benefis, we provide patients with Hidden Scar Lumpectomy and Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy procedures. Surgeons are extensively trained in 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

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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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

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.

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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 Benefis, 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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Top Questions

  1. What type of cancer do I have and how serious is it?
  2. What are my surgical options, and why?
  3. Am I a candidate for Hidden Scar nipple sparing mastectomy or Hidden Scar lumpectomy? Are you trained in Hidden Scar procedures?
  4. 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?
  5. What will my scars look like?

Additional Appointment Questions by Topic

Questions about your cancer

  • What type of cancer do I have?
  • How big is it?
  • Has it spread?

Questions about pre-operative treatment

  • Do I need a 2nd opinion?
  • 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 good as mastectomy?
  • Am I a candidate for a Hidden Scar lumpectomy?
  • Will I need lymph node surgery if I have a lumpectomy?
  • Will I get a big swollen arm 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 nipple-sparing mastectomy?
  • Are you trained in Hidden Scar techniques?
  • Can the cancer come back after mastectomy?

Questions about post-operative treatment

  • Is surgery all I need, or do I also need radiation and/or chemotherapy?
  • I have heard sometimes I need a 2nd operation. When would that happen to me?
  • Will I need plastic surgery?
  • Can I have reconstruction?
  • Who does the reconstruction?
  • What are the different types of reconstructions?
  • After the reconstruction 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?
  • What do I do with my other breast? 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?
  • Will I still need mammography every year?
  • When people look at me will they know I have had a mastectomy?
  • What will my scars look like?