Cosmetic Approach Using Small Incisions
Thyroid and parathyroid operations, performed by trained endocrine surgeons, are made through the smallest, cosmetically placed incisions possible. Care is paid to placing the incision in a natural skin crease if one exists, and reducing the incision to the smallest size possible for safely removing the thyroid. In general, the larger the thyroid gland, nodule or cancer, the larger the incision will be. However, plastic surgery techniques are used to minimize scarring. Although the patient's "wound healing ability" will ultimately determine the final results, the majority of people are pleased with the results six months after surgery.