PRMA Patient Shares Her Experience with Hidden Scar Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction
By: Courtney Floyd
PRMA patient Denise was featured in the most recent issue of Methodist Hospital's Keeping Well. In the article, she shares her experience with Hidden Scar Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction surgery.
After testing positive for a gene mutation that increased her risk of breast cancer, Denise researched her risk reducing surgical options. She consulted with Dr. Steven Pisano and after reviewing all her options, opted for a preventative bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction using the Hidden Scar surgery technique.
“When I was fitted for a bra recently, the sales person commented how natural my breasts looked,” shared Denise. “You really can’t tell that any surgery has been done, and the scarring that is part of the Hidden Scar surgery approach is already beginning to fade.”
A nipple sparing mastectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar Mastectomy for most patients. “Nipple-sparing mastectomy is the latest evolution in mastectomy technique. The procedure preserves the entire skin envelope as well as the nipple-areola. Only the underlying breast tissue is removed,” says Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo. “When combined with immediate breast reconstruction, a nipple-sparing mastectomy provides superior cosmetic results without compromising cancer treatment. Standard mastectomy approaches leave a permanent, visible scar on the breast. A mastectomy that places the final scar in the natural crease beneath the breast, called the inframammary fold, hides the final scar and improves the final cosmetic result. By preserving the nipple-areola and placing the scars in the crease, patients avoid all obvious visible reminders of their surgery.”
Most patients who are good candidates for nipple-sparing mastectomy are also candidates for a Hidden Scar Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction, with the exception of patients who are very large breasted.
To learn more about this procedure, or to see if you are a candidate click HERE.