Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

Learn about your surgical options for Hidden Scar™ Breast Conserving Surgery and Hidden Scar™ Nipple Sparing Mastectomy.

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

Learn about your surgical options for Hidden Scar™ Breast Conserving Surgery and Hidden Scar™ Nipple Sparing Mastectomy.

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. 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. 


Hidden Scar Trained Breast Surgeons

The surgeons shown below have been extensively trained in the Hidden Scar procedures to ensure that you have the best surgical outcome.

Elizabeth Arguelles, MD, FACS

Breast Surgery - Breast Surgical Oncology - Hidden-Scar-Breast-Surgery

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.

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Lea M. Blackwell, MD

General Surgery - Breast Surgery - Surgical Oncology

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.  

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David T. Rock, MD, FACS

Breast Surgery - Breast Surgical Oncology - Surgical Oncology

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.

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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.


Alyssa | Hidden Scar Double Mastectomy, Washington DC

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. 


Hidden Scar Lumpectomy Video

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.

Hidden Scar Lumpectomy Video

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.

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.

Want more information on Hidden Scar Procedures? Visit breastcancersurgery.com to learn more.


Hidden Scar Mastectomy Video Demonstration

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.

Hidden Scar Mastectomy Video Demonstration

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.

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