Dr. Elizabeth Arguelles is a board certified breast surgeon who specializes in the care of patients with both benign and malignant breast disease. She is the first breast surgeon in Collier County to receive Hidden Scar Certification- a program that focuses on improving cosmetic outcome for patients while preserving outstanding oncologic results. Her Hidden Scar Certification exemplifies her commitment to use the most advanced techniques to offer her patients treatment that is as unique as they are.
As a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a participant in the Mastery of Breast Surgery Program, Dr. Arguelles upholds the highest standard of care for her breast patients. In Connecticut, Dr. Arguelles was a key leader in the creation of the Lawrence + Memorial Breast Health Center where she led the center from concept to full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Dr. Arguelles is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Dr. Blackwell is originally from Panama City, FL. She attended the University of Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1996. Upon graduation she attended Louisiana State University where she received her medical degree in 2002 and completed a surgery residency program in 2007. Dr. Blackwell then traveled to Washington D.C. to complete a surgical breast oncology fellowship at Washington Hospital Center. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Breast Disease. Dr. Blackwell has been with Associates in General and Vascular Surgery since 2008, where she specializes in breast cancer treatment and monitoring high risk patients for evidence of breast disease. Dr. Blackwell has been certified in the Hidden Scar Surgical Technique- a program that focuses on improving cosmetic outcome for patients while preserving outstanding oncologic results.
Dr. Rock has over 10 years of experience performing oncoplastic breast surgery that preserves and can even enhance the appearance of a woman’s natural breast while safely removing cancerous tissue. While in Atlanta, he helped pioneer Nipple Sparing Mastectomy and has helped refine that procedure to benefit more women who require or choose to have a mastectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment. He has personally performed a Nipple Sparing Mastectomy procedure on over 500 women. Dr. Rock has used various techniques to help hundreds of women avoid unsightly, disfiguring scars, and was recently honored by receiving Hidden Scar Surgery Certification recognizing his expertise and contributions to the technique. In addition to minimizing the scarring associated with surgery, he has developed an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program that minimizes or eliminates pain after surgery. Dr. Rock is involved in Breast Cancer clinical research and has presented his research at national breast cancer meetings.
A lumpectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar procedure, meaning that the surgical incision is made in a place that is hard to see. Learn about the three different locations for a lumpectomy incision that make the scar less visible in this video.
A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar Procedure where the surgical incision is made in the natural crease beneath the breast to make the surgical scar less visible.