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What is Hidden Scar Surgery?

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer. We pride ourselves on providing our patients with the most advanced surgical options in breast cancer surgery. Our surgeons are trained in advanced surgical techniques, and together, our goal is to give you the best surgical treatment and experience.

Breast cancer can be surgically removed with a mastectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue) or a lumpectomy procedure (your surgeon will remove only part of your breast tissue). With a Hidden Scar Approach, our surgeons 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.

The Hidden Scar approach can be performed for a nipple sparing mastectomy or a lumpectomy procedure. Patients who undergo the Hidden Scar approach do not have a higher risk of cancer recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique1. You may qualify for Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery based on the size and location of your tumor, your breast shape, and your breast size. Ask us if you are a candidate for a Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery by calling Dr. Margulies at 865-692-1610 to schedule a consultation. Want more information on Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery?

"Not only do I not have to look at scars that make me feel embarrassed, but my husband can look at me and not even notice that I had surgery."

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.

We provide patients with Hidden Scar Lumpectomy and Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy procedures. Dr. Margulies has 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 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:

  • 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

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