Hidden Scar Surgery

When you have breast cancer surgery or any type of surgery, some scarring is inevitable. We take extra measures to keep it discreet.

At Faith Regional Physicians Services in Norfolk, Nebraska, doctors use hidden scar breast surgery – a sophisticated surgical technique. Using this method, the surgeon can remove all of the cancerous breast tissue through a single incision.

This approach is an option for certain conditions and types of nipple-sparing cancer procedures. Your surgeons make the incision in an inconspicuous area, such as under the arm or in a skin fold underneath your breast. As the incision heals, scarring is minimal. You won’t have a prominent, visible reminder of your cancer surgery.

Smart Breast Surgery

Your surgeon can remove breast cancer with a lumpectomy – which removes part of your breast tissue – or a mastectomy to remove all of your breast tissue. The hidden scar approach safely removes breast cancer while sparing the nipple, areola, and surrounding tissue. By using this technique, your surgeon preserves more of the natural shape and look of your breast.

Innovative technology gives your surgeon enhanced visibility to view the breast cavity. The doctor can clearly see the tumor to remove it with precision.

This advanced approach is both medically and aesthetically smart. Patients who have this type of surgery show no increased risk of recurring cancer compared to those who have more traditional methods.

A Safe and Reassuring Option

Thinking about a mastectomy is a difficult, emotional experience. Breast cancer and rigorous treatment regimes can quickly erode your sense of confidence. At Faith Regional, our breast oncology surgeon and plastic and reconstructive surgeon are partners in your care. Our doctors work as a team to make your surgery is as safe, painless, and as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

Knowing your care is in good hands can ease some of the challenging decisions and effects of cancer.

Is Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery Right for You?

Hidden scar mastectomy isn’t an option for every type or stage of breast cancer. Before recommending surgical approaches, your doctor considers a number of factors, including:

  • Breast size
  • Breast shape
  • Location of tumor
  • Size of tumor

Your doctor will evaluate your condition and whether you meet certain criteria such as:

  • You have no cancerous tissue in the nipple
  • You’ve been diagnosed with non-invasive cancer
  • You’re at risk of cancer and you’re seeking prophylactic (risk-reducing) surgery
  • You have small tumors that aren’t located beneath the nipple

Hidden Scar Breast Surgery Risks 

Hidden scar breast cancer surgery is considered safe for cancer treatment as well as cancer prevention.

Some women who have a family history of breast cancer face a higher risk of developing the disease. Prophylactic, or risk lowering, mastectomy becomes a more manageable option when scarring is minimal.

Your doctor can discuss whether this treatment is advisable. The surgeon will also discuss details such as how much breast tissue and varying amounts of skin might need to be removed.

All surgeries have some risks, such as bleeding, infection, wound healing, and reaction to anesthesia. Your surgeon will talk with you about these and other potential complications.

What to Expect  

Your doctor provides personalized instructions based on your condition, procedure, and treatment plan. In addition to early consultation, your preparation may include:

  • Physical exam and medical review
  • Screening for other conditions and lifestyle habits
  • Lab tests
  • Medication and supplement review and guidance

Faith Regional doctors usually perform breast reconstruction in the hospital under general anesthesia. You’ll have a short hospital stay. Your doctor will discuss your hospital stay, including where to go on the day of surgery and how to prepare.  

On surgery day, your doctor will review procedures, prepare you for surgery and answer last-minute questions. You’re given anesthesia so you won’t feel anything during your procedure.

After surgery, you’ll move to a hospital room to rest and your doctor will inspect your wounds and talk about your condition and expected recovery process.

Your Surgery Team

At Faith Regional, your surgeon, a specialized nurse, and other healthcare professionals such as an advanced care practitioner may be involved in your care.

Dr. Kinzie Norris

Dr. Kinzie Norris

Breast Care


Mark Shashikant, MDDr. Mark Shashikant 

Plastic Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery

Schedule a Consultation

You can reach us at 402-844-8167, frpsclinics@frhs.org, or online to schedule an appointment.