Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

How It’s Done

In a mastectomy procedure, Dr. Arguelles 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, 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 the inframmammary fold, or the natural crease beneath the breast, to make the surgical scar less visible.

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.

Hidden Scar Approach for Mastectomies

Dr. Arguelles is a Hidden Scar certified physician. Hidden Scar Surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer or your risk of breast cancer. Surgeons can use Hidden Scar Surgery in either a mastectomy or lumpectomy procedure. With a Hidden Scar procedure, your incision is placed in a location that is hard to see, so your scar is not visible when it heals. This technique is effective in treating the breast cancer as effectively as past traditional breast cancer surgery. Learn more about the Hidden Scar approach to mastectomies in this video.