In a mastectomy procedure, Dr. Santillan 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.
It 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:
- 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 or if you have DCIS (non-invasive cancer). Additionally, a Hidden Scar Nipple Sparing Mastectomy is a safe approach that can be used in women with a family history of breast cancer opting for a risk-reducing surgery.