No concealer needed

Surgeon performs Stanford Medicine’s first scar-free thyroid removal.

When surgeon Dana Lin, MD, told Karina Torres she could be the first Stanford patient to have her thyroid removed without leaving a visible scar, Torres loved the idea.

A hair stylist and makeup artist, Torres knows how to mask flaws. But this was different.

“A scar on the neck — that’s something you can’t really cover up,” said Torres, who had a trans­oral thyroidectomy — thyroid removal through the mouth — April 16.

Besides leaving no scar, Lin said the procedure, which is done in only a handful of U.S. clinics, could reduce nerve injury risk and recovery pain.