Breast Surgery Options

During your consultation about breast surgery, your surgeon will recommend either a lumpectomy or mastectomy procedure based on your hereditary risk of cancer, the size and location of your tumor, your breast size, breast shape, or breast density.


In a mastectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue. A mastectomy is typically recommended for:

  • Women who have large tumors or multiple tumors in their breast that must be removed
  • Women with a hereditary risk of cancer

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In a lumpectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove a tumor and a small portion of healthy tissue surrounding the tumor (margin), but will save the majority of your breast. A lumpectomy is typically recommended for women who have a small tumor.

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Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery

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.

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In a mastectomy procedure, your surgeon will remove all of your breast tissue. Depending on your diagnosis and the size and location of your cancer, the surgeon may also remove your nipple or the skin of your breast.

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Lumpectomy (or breast conserving surgery) is a surgical procedure which removes an area of cancerous or concerning tissue, surrounded by healthy or normal breast tissue.

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