Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

Lourdes is the only hospital in the region with two Hidden Scar Certified surgeons, Dr. Daniel Howard and Dr. Rebecca Gill.

Hidden Scar overview
Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced approach in which breast surgeons remove cancerous tissue through a single incision made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring.

Hidden Scar surgeries benefit breast cancer patients by:

  • Preserving a natural-looking breast by sparing the nipple, areola and surrounding tissue
  • Easing the emotional impact of breast cancer surgery, in that patients have little to no visible reminder of the surgery
  • Providing a more natural looking breast reconstruction
  • Putting them at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other type of technique 

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery may be appropriate for a wide range of breast cancer patients undergoing nipple sparing mastectomy or breast conserving (lumpectomy) procedures.

Qualification for Hidden Scar depends on:

  • Tumor size and location
  • Breast shape and size
  • Your surgeon's training

Team approach
Dr . Daniel Howard and Dr . Rebecca Gill of Mercy General Surgery are the only two Hidden Scar Certified surgeons in the region. They perform both nipple sparing mastectomies and and breast conserving lumpectomies. They perform alongside plastic surgeon Dr . Brian Tierney for nipple sparing mastectomies and breast reconstruction.

Ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for either a nipple sparing mastectomy or a breast conserving lumpectomy. To learn more about this new, minimally-invasive techniquefor breast cancer surgery, call 270 -442-9463.