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What Is A Flat Closure?

Flat closure is a method of doing a mastectomy when breast reconstruction is not being done. The objective of cosmetic flat closure is to provide a smooth chest shape following mastectomy, devoid of skin folds or hollowed-out regions.

Reconstructive surgery is often associated with breast reconstruction using tissue flaps or implants. The gold standard for going flat, however, cosmetic flat closure, is actually a kind of reconstructive surgery.

How Does A Flat Closure Work?

Flat closure, also known as post-mastectomy chest wall reconstruction, may be carried either immediately after a mastectomy or a few months later. A surgeon performs the surgery to achieve a flat chest wall contour by removing any superfluous skin, fat pockets, or tissue, and then tightening and smoothing the remaining tissue. Some individuals may need a second surgery to reduce a scooped-out appearance or to smooth out any divots or indentations following an instant flat closure.

What Is The Flat Closure Technique?

Flat closure is usually done as an outpatient surgery. To guarantee your comfort and lack of discomfort, general anesthetic will be administered to you for the surgery.

The surgical technique used will primarily rely on how your chest feels following a mastectomy. In order to remove extra fat from your chest, our doctors will start the process with liposuction. After stretching and removing the extra skin, our doctors will tighten the region and seal it with surgical sutures. Sutures dissolve into the skin when your body recovers from surgery and are absorbable.

Recovery After A Flat Closure

Your body might take anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks to fully heal. Even though you may go home following surgery, some patients choose to stay in the hospital for one to two days.

The recommendations listed below will help your body recuperate with the fewest problems possible:

  • For the first week after surgery, enlist the help of a friend or relative.
  • Do not forget to take any painkillers that your physicians have given you.
  • For two days, refrain from taking a shower to allow your wounds time to heal.
  • Expected swelling and bruising will go away in one to two weeks.
  • For two to four weeks, be sure you refrain from any vigorous activity and heavy lifting.
  • After one to two weeks, you may start driving and working again.

Who Makes A Good Candidate For An Essential Flat Closure?

Anyone who prefers an attractive flat closure over a formal breast reconstruction with implants and/or flaps can be a candidate. For those with smaller breasts and less drooping, the procedure is often simpler and leaves fewer scars, but there are also viable choices for flat closure for those with bigger, heavier breasts.

Learn More About The Breast Cancer Flat Closure Procedure At Executive Plastic Surgery

If you’d like to learn more about our breast cancer flat closure procedures available at Executive Plastic Surgery, please contact our experts by giving us a call today. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding this procedure option.

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