FCN V.P. Emily Hopper's outcome is a beautiful example of an aesthetic flat closure.
is a type of surgery that is done to rebuild the shape of the chest wall
after one or both breasts are removed.
An aesthetic flat closure may also be done after removal of a breast implant that was used to restore breast shape. During an aesthetic flat closure, extra skin, fat, and other tissue in the breast area are removed.
The remaining tissue is then tightened and smoothed out so that the chest wall appears
- National Cancer Institute
What does flat closure look like?
One resource that continues to be vital for mastectomy patients are actual photos of patients who've had an aesthetic flat closure.
Each of our board members went looking for pictures of what going flat would look like & came up virtually empty handed.
So we've made it part of our mission to curate & create beautiful, inclusive going flat photos and photography projects for patients, their loved ones and their medical providers.