In general, minimally invasive surgery refers to a concept of performing the minimal amount of dissection needed to treat the problem through a small or less conspicuous incision.

In terms of parotid surgery, minimally invasive can either refer to the incision or the amount of parotid gland that is removed.

We do our best to make the incision as small as necessary. Additionally, for selected masses near the ear lobe, we may be able to perform a facelift incision which hides the incisions in skin creases and in the hairline. See below.

Additionally, we do our best to limit the amount of parotid tissue that is removed. For most benign tumors a margin of 1cm around the mass appears to be adequate. The entire parotid gland does not need to be removed. Doing more than is necessary can place the facial nerve at risk of injury.