Women are putting the health of their bodies first and opting for an aesthetic flat closure over reconstruction
An aesthetic flat closure (AFC) is a breast cancer surgery option in which the breast tissue is removed, and the chest wall is left without any breast mound reconstruction. It is important for women to be educated about this option, because unfortunately, many doctors do not present it as an option. Even when scientifically doctors know it’s the healthiest choice for a woman’s body, physicians believe (thanks to outdated data) that our quality of life wouldn’t be the same without breasts (which is completely absurd in this modern era).
The AFC technique is becoming increasingly popular among women who have undergone mastectomies. There are several benefits associated with an aesthetic flat closure:
- It’s a less invasive procedure: An aesthetic flat closure is a less invasive surgery than breast reconstruction, as it involves removing the breast tissue and creating a flat chest wall. There is no need for implants or other materials to be inserted, reducing the risk of complications.
- It’s more comfortable: Breast reconstruction can be uncomfortable and can take a long time to heal. An aesthetic flat closure eliminates the need for breast implants, reducing the amount of discomfort associated with surgery and allowing for a faster recovery time.
- It’s cost-effective: Breast reconstruction can be an expensive procedure, as it involves multiple surgeries and the use of implants or other materials. An aesthetic flat closure is a more cost-effective option, as it involves only one surgery and does not require the use of additional materials.
- It’s a personal choice: Some women may choose an aesthetic flat closure because they prefer the look of a flat chest wall, or because they want to avoid the risks and complications associated with breast reconstruction. It’s a personal choice that allows women to feel more comfortable in their own bodies after undergoing a mastectomy.
- It’s a statement of strength: For some women, choosing an aesthetic flat closure is a statement of strength and resilience in the face of breast cancer. It can be a way of reclaiming their bodies and taking control of their own healing process.
In summary, an aesthetic flat closure offers a less invasive, more comfortable, cost-effective, and personal choice for women who have undergone mastectomies. It can also be a statement of strength and empowerment for women who want to reclaim their bodies after breast cancer. Personally, I chose an aesthetic flat closure because I knew it was the quickest way to feel back to my normal self again. Plus, I wasn’t willing to insert foreign objects into my body that could potentially cause auto-immune disorders as well as new cancer. The new research coming out about Breast Implant Illness must not be overlooked when doing your own advocacy research for your body.
If you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, I highly encourage you to be your own patient advocate and educate yourself thoroughly on the process of reconstruction and learn the risks involved with breast implants. Please join the groups Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole and Flat Out Love to educate yourself further and read other people’s stories.
Wishing all of you peace from within, sending love and light.