Cancer Care

Breast cancer treatment with Hidden Scar

At Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, we provide patients with Hidden Scar Lumpectomy and Hidden Scar Mastectomy procedures.

Hidden Scar Treatment Center in Central Texas

With a Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery 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 Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, we provide patients with Hidden Scar Lumpectomy and Hidden Scar Mastectomy procedures. Our surgeons are trained in these less invasive procedures.

Hidden Scar Lumpectomy

During a lumpectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove a breast cancer tumor and a small portion of healthy tissue surrounding the tumor (margin). The majority of the breast is spared 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:

  • Inframammary Fold: The natural crease beneath the breast
  • Periareolar: Along the edges of the areola
  • 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.

Hidden Scar Mastectomy

During a mastectomy procedure, your surgeon removes the breast cancer tumor by removing all of the breast tissue. There are several mastectomy options: a simple (total) mastectomy, a skin-sparing mastectomy, or a nipple-sparing mastectomy. A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is a type of mastectomy procedure where the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue but does not remove the skin or 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 makes the scar less visible: the Inframammary Fold. The Inframammary Fold is the natural crease beneath the breast.

You may be considered for a Hidden Scar Mastectomy if:

  • Your nipple does not contain cancerous tissue
  • You are having a prophylactic (risk-reducing) surgery but do not currently have cancer
  • You have non-invasive cancer
  • You have small tumors that do not lie directly beneath the nipple

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