Types of Incisions
We've been there, so we know that when it comes to having a mastectomy the amount of information can be overwhelming and the patient may be under pressure to quickly make a decision about which breast reconstruction option to choose. We hope to make this process a little bit less stressful for our fellow flat closure patients by providing some of our favorite and most trusted resources as a starting point and reference tool to show your mastectomy surgeon.
the national cancer institute defines aesthetic flat closure as:
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.
What does flat closure look like?
One resource that continues to be absolutely vital for mastectomy patients are actual, real photos of patients who've had an aesthetic flat closure.
Each of our board members went looking for pictures of what flat closure would look like & ended up with cold, medical photographs! It's one of the reasons we're here doing what we do.
We curate & create beautiful going flat photos and photography projects for patients, their loved ones and their medical providers.