We know there are a lot of questions when it comes to "going flat", so we made this list of frequently asked questions to clear the air!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does "going flat" mean?
“Going flat” means choosing an aesthetic flat closure after a single or double mastectomy, a preventative or prophylactic mastectomy, or after an explant.
How many breast cancer patients have flat closure?
Nearly 25 percent of breast cancer patients in the United States who undergo bilateral (double) mastectomy choose not to reconstruct as do roughly 50 percent of those who undergo unilateral (single) mastectomy.
Why would someone choose an aesthetic flat closure instead of breast mound reconstruction?
I hear you about the number of surgeries, but I’m considering implant-based reconstruction and it’s just two surgeries right? One to place the expanders and another to exchange the expanders for implants?
Will my insurance pay for me to go flat after breast cancer?
Will my insurance pay for my explant?
Can my body go flat?
Absolutely. Your body is as unique and beautiful as every other mastectomy patient. What is most important to know and ask your surgeon is:
I want to feel beautiful with the skin I’m in, but I am unsure that I will if I don’t have breasts.
Something that crosses each of our minds when we face mastectomy, or an explant is , "what am I going to look like?"
... each other!