Hidden-Scar Breast Surgery

Removing the cancer in your breast is our first priority, but we understand you may not want to look any different after treatment. Hidden-Scar™ surgery leaves no visible scarring after a breast cancer procedure.

Opting for Hidden-Scar surgery doesn’t change the results of your surgery or increase the chance the cancer will return, it simply helps you emerge with breasts that look relatively untouched by the disease. Our specially-trained surgeons use minimally-invasive techniques to remove the cancer with a lumpectomy or mastectomy, hiding the incisions in existing skin folds.


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Eligibility for hidden-scar surgery:

  • The size and location of the tumor
  • Whether the tumor is contained in one part of the breast or throughout the tissue
  • The size and shape of the breast
  • Whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body

How Hidden-Scar Works

Surgeons remove breast cancer two ways – taking out the portion of the breast that contains the cancerous lump in a lumpectomy, or removing all of the breast tissue in a mastectomy. Each, traditionally, leaves scars that are visible after healing.

Using Hidden-Scar techniques in a lumpectomy, a surgeon removes the cancerous tumor through incisions made in your armpit, areola or inframammary fold beneath the breast. When the incision heals, there is little or no evidence of surgery.

A nipple-sparing mastectomy is the only type of mastectomy eligible for Hidden-Scar techniques. In this procedure, in which all breast tissue is removed but the nipple is preserved, your surgeon can make the scar less visible by making the incision in the inframammary fold below the breast.


With improved technology, more and more patients are becoming eligible for this type of procedure.

Dr. Camelia Lawrence, director of Breast Surgery at
The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

We offer the latest treatments through our ongoing membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alliance, which gives you access to the latest standards of care and clinical trials.

The MSK Alliance

Support at the Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute offers whatever you and your family need on your journey, whether it’s access to an oncology social worker, a nurse navigator to coordinate your care or the support of our Patient and Family Resource Center.


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Meet our Hidden Scar Surgery Specialists:

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Name Specialties Location
Bassin, Leah R., MD, FACS
5.0 /5
224 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Breast Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Avon
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Caprio, Kimberly Anne, MD
4.9 /5
91 surveys
860.496.4190
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Torrington
  • Enfield
  • Torrington
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King, Heather Marie, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
246 surveys
860.246.2071
  • Breast Surgery
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
  • Manchester
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Lawrence, Camelia, MD, FACS
4.9 /5
120 surveys
860.224.5416
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plainville
Wilson, Niamey, MD, FACS
5.0 /5
117 surveys
203.694.5200
  • Breast Surgery
  • Meriden
  • Cheshire
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