Surgery Guides & Resources for Patients

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Resources for your specific situation:

Living Flat
Adjusting to life after going flat
Living Flat

Everything you need to know about living flat: how to find community support, fashion, body images, tattoos, and more.
Mastectomy
You’ve decided to go flat at your initial mastectomy surgery
Going Flat at Mastectomy

Everything you need to know about going flat at your initial mastectomy, including finding a surgeon and questions to ask your surgeon.
NPOAS’ Flat Friendly Surgeons Directory

Find a patient-recommended surgeon with a proven track record of flat closure for your mastectomy.
Protect Your Choice Brochure

Print this out to take with you to your surgical consult.
Preparing for Your Surgery - Mastectomy with Aesthetic Flat Closure
Preparing for Surgery
What you need to know to prepare for your mastectomy with aesthetic flat closure
Living Flat

Everything you need to know about living flat: how to find community support, fashion, body images, tattoos, and more.
Revision Surgery
Improving your chest wall contour after your mastectomy
Revision Surgery

Everything you need to know about flat revision surgery, including how to find a surgeon and questions to ask your surgeon.
NPOAS’ Flat Friendly Surgeons Directory

Find a patient-recommended surgeon with a proven track record of flat closure for your revision surgery.
Protect Your Choice Brochure

Print this out to take with you to your surgical consult to ensure your revision surgeon can give you a good flat closure.
Living Flat

Everything you need to know about living flat: how to find community support, fashion, body images, tattoos, and more.
Explant
Removing your breast implants with aesthetic flat closure
Explant
Everything you need to know about going flat after explant, including how to find a surgeon, questions to ask your surgeon, and insurance coverage.
NPOAS’ Flat Friendly Surgeons Directory

Find a patient-recommended surgeon with a proven track record of flat closure for your explant surgery.
Going Flat After Implant Reconstruction: Your Body, Your Choice flat after breast implant removal how to ask for explant questions to ask your surgeon print out
Explant Brochure
Print this out to take with you to your surgical consult to ensure your explant surgeon can give you a good flat closure after explant.
Living Flat

Everything you need to know about living flat: how to find community support, fashion, body images, tattoos, and more.
Healing Breast Implant Illness
Nicole Daruda’s explant advocacy nonprofit dedicated to protecting the interests of patients suffering from BIA-AII

Note: NPOAS is not affiliated with HBII.

Fierce, Flat, Forward

Fierce, Flat, Forward is a Facebook support group for women at different points of their breast cancer journey who are either flat, going flat, or wanting to research/explore “living the FLAT life”- has a strong focus on explant.
National Center for Health Research
Guide to Breast Implants & Your Health


“If you already have an autoimmune disease, breast implants could make your symptoms worse. If autoimmune disease runs in your family, you may be at increased risk of developing an autoimmune reaction to breast implants. “
Flat Denial
Did you wake up to a “mess” instead of an aesthetic flat closure?
Flat Denial

Flat denial is when a surgeon’s unilateral actions deny their patient a flat mastectomy result – either through negligence or intentional disregard. These results are egregiously poor, not minor defects.
Navigating the Aftermath of Flat Denial

Advice and support for victims of flat denial

I Wanted to be FLAT

A private Facebook support group for victims of flat denial

Founded and run by Kim Bowles, NPOAS Founder
Revision Surgery

What is revision?
Risks of revision
Finding a revision surgeon
Insurance coverage for revision
Further reading

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