Resources for Patients

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Mastectomy Resources

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.
ALL ABOUT: Going Flat at Mastectomy

Everything you need to know about going flat at your initial mastectomy:
Your Body, Your Decision
The Expectation Gap
How to Protect Your Choice
Specific Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
Documenting Your Wishes
Finding a Surgeon
Insurance Coverage for Flat Closure

Facebook Support Groups (Private) for Patients Facing Surgery

Note: NPOAS is not affiliated with these groups unless specifically noted.

Breastless & Beautiful FB Support Group
Breastless & Beautiful

We are living life Flat after Mastectomy due to breast cancer. Together, we are a network; supporting and exploring, considering and expressing a new body normal, together.

Founded and run by BethAnne King, NPOAS Board member

Flat & Fabulous

Founded by Sara Bartosiewicz-Hamilton & Barbie Ritzco, this closed group is for women who have undergone a mastectomy & are now living the Flat and FABulous life!
Fierce, Flat, Forward

Fierce, Flat, Forward is a 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”—whether or not they choose to present as such in their daily lives.

Founded and run by Christy Avila, NPOAS Board member
Fabulously Flat (Unreconstructed Breast Cancer Survivors)

Support group for fabulous women who are considering or have elected not to have breast reconstruction following breast cancer.
Flat in Canada: Support and Advocacy

A place where women in Canada can find support in choosing to remain flat (no reconstruction) after mastectomy. Women choosing to explant after reconstruction are also welcome.
Les Platines

Marie-Claude Belzile‘s French-speaking support group for women who have already gone flat or are considering going flat.

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Public Flat Visibility Advocacy Projects

Linkage Beauty Movement

We at Linkage Beauty Movement are here to stand firm in Beauty, Confidence, Acceptance and Strength. Guiding women into positive body ownership and appreciation for what we are chosen to bear.
Tout aussi femme

Marie-Claude Belzile’s extensive flat advocacy and visibility project on social media in Quebec
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The Flat Advocate

Katie Fink’s flat visibility on social media project in the US
Beauty Through the Beast

Chiara D’Agostino’s MBC and flat advocacy
International FLAT Day

Shares flat visibility images throughout the year and celebrates the flat community on October 7th

Flat Fashion Projects


Explant Resources

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

Print this out to take with you to your surgical consult to ensure your explant surgeon can give you both a total capsulectomy AND a good flat closure.
ALL ABOUT: Explant
Why Explant?
Will Explant Heal My Autoimmune Disease?
Risks of Explant Surgery
Flat Closure After Explant
Further Reading on Explant
Healing Breast Implant Illness
Nicole Daruda’s explant advocacy nonprofit dedicated to protecting the interests of patients suffering from BIA-AII
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.

Founded and run by Christy Avila, NPOAS Board member
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 Resources

Navigating the Aftermath of Flat Denial
What just happened to me?
Can this be fixed?
Finding a new surgeon
Dressing your body after flat denial
Confronting your surgeon
Getting justice
I Wanted to be FLAT
A private Facebook support group for victims of flat denial

Founded and run by Kim Bowles, NPOAS Founder
ALL ABOUT: 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.
NPOAS’ Flat Friendly Surgeons Directory

Find a surgeon with a proven track record of flat closure for your surgical aftercare and potential revision surgery to produce a truly flat closure.
ALL ABOUT: Revision Surgery

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

Revision Resources

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.
ALL ABOUT: Revision Surgery

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

Other Breast Cancer and FLAT Resources


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