Breast surgery is the most common treatment option for the removal of breast cancer. While surgery can be lifesaving, it can also leave visible scarring on and around the breast. For many women, these surgical scars can be a painful reminder of cancer and treatment, and can cause feelings of self-consciousness about their body.
Midwest Breast Care at Menorah Medical Center understands the emotional impact of surgical scars, and we now offer a new treatment option that can help, called Hidden Scar™.
Breast Cancer Surgery without a Visible Scar
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is a leading-edge approach to removing breast cancer. The Hidden Scar technology allows your surgeon to place the incision in a hard-to-see location, so that it is not visible when the incision heals.
Breast cancer surgeons offering the Hidden Scar procedure have undergone extensive training to ensure the best possible surgical outcome. The Hidden Scar approach has no higher risk of cancer returning than other breast surgery techniques.
How do I know if I qualify for the procedure?
You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery depending on the size and location of your tumor, breast shape and breast size. Midwest Breast Care at Menorah Medical Center can help you determine whether you are a candidate through a simple consultation.
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What is a Hidden Scar Mastectomy?
During a mastectomy procedure, all of the breast tissue is removed. Traditionally, there are a couple mastectomy options:
- A simple total mastectomy (The breast cancer surgeon removes the entire breast)
- A skin sparing mastectomy (The surgeon removes the nipple, but leaves the rest of the breast skin intact)
- A nipple sparing mastectomy (The surgeon does not remove the breast skin or nipple)
The Hidden Scar method can be used for a nipple sparing mastectomy. The scar will be located in the crease under the breast.
You may be a candidate for this procedure if:
- Your nipple does not contain cancerous tissue
- You have a family history of breast cancer or carry the BRCA gene (but don’t currently have cancer)
- Have non-invasive cancer
- Have small tumors that don’t lie directly beneath the nipple
What is a Hidden Scar Lumpectomy?
During a lumpectomy surgery, the breast cancer tumor and a small margin of healthy tissue surrounding the tumor will be removed. The majority of the breast tissue including the nipple area will remain intact.
If you meet the requirements, a Hidden Scar lumpectomy procedure may be an option. Using this method, an incision is made in one of three hard to see places:
- The crease beneath your breast
- Along the edge of the areola
- In the armpit