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Can breast-sparing surgery affect the look of my breast? What will the scar look like?
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: Yes
The scar is usually a straight line somewhere on your breast.
It starts as dark pink or red and fades over time. The size depends on the size of your tumor and how much the breast surgeon needs to remove. Everyone heals differently; look at other scars on your body to get an idea of how you heal. There are good pictures at www.Breastcancer.Org.

In brief: Yes
The scar is usually a straight line somewhere on your breast.
It starts as dark pink or red and fades over time. The size depends on the size of your tumor and how much the breast surgeon needs to remove. Everyone heals differently; look at other scars on your body to get an idea of how you heal. There are good pictures at www.Breastcancer.Org.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
In brief: Yes.
Oncoplastic surgery describes applying the same principles of breast surgery that plastic surgeons use without compromising cancer treatment.
Using these techniques, we can often "hide" scars in natural skin folds. Furthermore, select women may be opt for simultaneous breast reduction and/or lift and may actually look better after cancer surgery.

In brief: Yes.
Oncoplastic surgery describes applying the same principles of breast surgery that plastic surgeons use without compromising cancer treatment.
Using these techniques, we can often "hide" scars in natural skin folds. Furthermore, select women may be opt for simultaneous breast reduction and/or lift and may actually look better after cancer surgery.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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