What does a flat closure mastectomy look like?

One resource that continues to be vital for patients going flat and their medical team, are actual aesthetic flat closure photos. 

 

Each of our board members went looking for them as we wondered "what does going flat look like?" What we found was cold, operating room photos of incisions or photos of women wearing breast prosthesis. Needless to say, it wasn't exactly what we were picturing.


Again, we wondered...


"What is a flat closure patients' quality of life like after mastectomy?"

 

"When the flat closure is healed, what will the scar look like?"

"How would I dress my body after an aesthetic flat closure?"


So we made it part of Flat Closure Now's mission to create and curate these going flat after mastectomy pictures that were so needed when we were making decisions about our own mastectomies; showcasing the beauty of aesthetic flat closure. And we are so proud of every BAD
ASS breast cancer thriver, previvor and advocate who been inspired to share their own photo ♥ Each flat mastectomy photo is graciously donated for patients to download & use as a surgical resource.

What does flat closure look like?
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Flat Closure Now nonprofit organization for breast cancer and mastectomy patients in need of mastectomy pictures, patient stories, support and education on aesthetic flat closure, explant breast implants, and going flat.
Flat Closure Now nonprofit organization for breast cancer and mastectomy patients in need of mastectomy pictures, patient stories, support and education on aesthetic flat closure, explant breast implants, and going flat.
Flat Closure Now nonprofit organization for breast cancer and mastectomy patients in need of mastectomy pictures, patient stories, support and education on aesthetic flat closure, explant breast implants, and going flat.
Flat Closure Now nonprofit organization for breast cancer and mastectomy patients in need of mastectomy pictures, patient stories, support and education on aesthetic flat closure, explant breast implants, and going flat.

Flat Closure Now vice president Emily Hopper's outcome is a beautiful example of an aesthetic flat closure. 

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
     
   FLAT.


- National Cancer Institute