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)

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.

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.
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.
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Public Flat Visibility 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.
Protect Your Choice 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.
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

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 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
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

Nonprofit Organizations
Flat Friends UK is dedicated to supporting women who have had single or double mastectomy surgery without breast reconstruction
The NCRH conducts, analyzes, and explains the latest research and works with patients, consumers, and opinion leaders to use that information to improve their own health and to develop better programs, policies, and services.
Working for health justice for all women at risk of and living with breast cancer (including the Think Before You Pink project)
Educating and increasing awareness regarding breast implant safety.
Advocating and support for those living post mastectomy without reconstruction
Young Survival Coalition (YSC) strengthens the community, addresses the unique needs, amplifies the voice and improves the quality of life of young adults affected by breast cancer, locally, nationally and internationally.
A volunteer-led, non-profit organization that funds vital research to help improve the longevity and quality of life for MBC patients.
BreastCancer.org is a comprehensive, reliable resource for information about breast cancer.
More Information and Advocacy Resources
Barbara Kriss’ information, advice and support website for women considering going flat as well as those who are living flat
Nancy’s Point
A blog about breast cancer and loss.
Insight and cutting honesty about this terrible disease from author and survivor Nancy Stordahl .
FLAT: Reclaiming my body from breast cancer
Catherine Guthrie’s memoir about her experience going flat
Breast Advocate is an informational app created by a plastic surgeon (covers all reconstruction options, including flat)
Annual event celebrating FLAT – featuring the Flat is Beautiful brochure
FLAT is where it’s at
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