Scars matter! Breast surgeons are very skilled at removing the cancer or cancer risk. But finding a surgeon who prioritizes your cosmetic outcome is equally important. While many women see their breast surgery scars as an empowering symbol of beating cancer, many do not. The Hidden Scar approach can be performed for a nipple sparing mastectomy or a lumpectomy procedure.
Nearly every woman who has had breast surgery, whether it was a lumpectomy, mastectomy — sometimes even a biopsy — finds herself dealing with scar tissue or keloids after her wounds have healed. On a very basic level, scars are caused when the dermis, the layer of skin underneath the surface, is damaged. The body produces a fibrous tissue called collagen to close the wound and assist in healing. When collagen is left behind once the damage to the dermis has been repaired, a scar is the result. Just as no two surgeries are identical — neither are the outcomes.
Scars are a natural part of the body's healing process but they can cause irritation and some find them unsightly, as Clinical Nurse Specialist Rachel Rawson pictured explains. She also talks about caring for scars after breast cancer surgery. People often call our Helpline asking how to look after their scars following breast cancer surgery.