Hidden Scar

Dr. Andrea Abbott
Surgical oncologist Dr. Andrea Abbott (center) specializes in the Hidden Scar procedure. Photo by Brennan Wesley

Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery allows surgeons to remove the cancerous tissue through a single incision made in an inconspicuous area, preserving the natural shape of the breast while reducing visible scarring. Surgical oncologist Andrea Abbott, M.D., at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center is one of only two Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery trained surgeons in the region. Abbott says patients who undergo this approach – available for both lumpectomy and mastectomy procedures – experience optimal clinical and cosmetic outcomes and are at no higher risk of recurrence than patients who undergo any other surgical procedure.

“It’s really important to me that women know that when they have a surgery, they have options. That there are ways that we can minimize the scarring so that every day when they wake up, they don’t have to have a visible reminder of their breast cancer,” Abbott says.

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