FCN's Treasurer, Katie P. Fink, after removing her breast implants.
Before we begin, it's important to note that each mastectomy patient's medical history is unique with different variables that may affect the final outcome.
The information provided below is meant to be used as a guide, but is not comprehensive and may not apply to your situation. We are breast cancer patients, not doctors.
** Information provided by Flat Closure NOW shouldn't be taken as a substitute for medical advice from a licensed breast surgeon or oncologist. **
Please speak to your healthcare provider if you are considering explant.
fcn president Sondra price's Implants & Capsules after Total Capsulectomy Explant
Meeting with Explant Surgeons
Consulting with a surgeon about explanting breast implants can seem daunting, but know that you are not alone. Many, many mastectomy patients have traveled this road before you (including us!). We hope that the guidance below helps in communicating your wishes with ease and clarity.
Write down your "why"
Whether it is because your health is suffering, secondary cancer concerns, or other reasons, it's important to articulate your honest, authentic feelings when meeting with the explant surgeon - even if they are raw. Write it down if you need to! The “whys” help medical providers understand the patient’s perspective.
Show your surgeon photos
Be sure to show your surgeon photos of the aesthetic flat closure you'd like. You can find all sorts of gorgeous mastectomy pictures right here in our flat photo gallery. Though your particular result may differ from the photo you show your surgeon (which is why it's important to ask questions - more on that below), it still helps your surgeon visualize your ideal outcome.
We advise patients to always “interview” their medical providers when it comes to their mastectomy surgery or breast implant removal. This is important because not all medical providers are created equal (it’s one of the reasons we created this org!); some providers will listen without judgement, support your choice, and provide an exceptional aesthetic flat closure while others will not. Below are some questions we suggest asking to help you understand how they will achieve an aesthetic flat closure in your specific case and if that surgeon is the right fit for you. You can download the list here - print it and take it with you to your appointment!
Listen to your intuition
Make sure to have your wishes to have an "explant with aesthetic flat closure" notated in your medical record. Evaluate your surgeon’s response. Do they accept and respect your decision? If there’s pushback, it may be time to find a new surgeon. Listen to your intuition! If you feel uncertain about your surgeon’s competence or their commitment to producing an aesthetic flat closure, you should seek a second opinion.
Frequently Asked Questions About Explant
Q. I have an Oregon automobile insurance policy. What coverage do I have if I am hit as a pedestrian?
A. In Oregon, every automobile insurance policy has four areas of coverage: Liability, Personal Injury Protection (PIP), Property Damage, and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM). If you are hit as a pedestrian the coverage lines that will apply to you are PIP and UM/UIM.
Q. What is PIP?
Q. I walk as well as drive, do I need to buy an additional insurance policy that covers me?
A. It depends. In Oregon, your automobile insurance will cover you in some ways when you are walking. If you are injured in a collision with a motor vehicle, your PIP insurance will pay your medical bills. However, if you are injured in an accident that does not involve a motor vehicle, like you trip over a pavement defect, PIP will not cover you, but your health insurance would