After breast surgery, your natural nipple may have been compromised. It may have been removed or left misshapen and for many women, this is yet another blow in losing a part of their femininity.
After reconstruction many women may choose to have additional surgery for nipple reconstruction. This is typically done by taking skin from another area and creating a nipple mound on the reconstructed breast. Nipple tattoos are also an option. According to BreastReconstruction.org, most reconstructed nipples lose projection over time and, if the woman chooses, have to be redone.
Although they are not a true replacement for your natural nipple, there are adhesive nipple products available that provide a visual balance when applied to a breast form, reconstructed breast or when covering a misshapen nipple after a lumpectomy. Adhesive nipples can also be helpful after radiation treatment when there is a noticeable change in the natural nipple or to balance a protruding natural nipple. These silicone discs are shaped like a semi-erect nipple and appear very lifelike. They are usually available in several colors and even different sizes.
We like to say that Amoena adhesive nipples “complete the breast form” and many women tell us that they feel more like themselves again with the addition of a realistic-looking nipple…and more confident in that certain kind of clothing (if you know what I mean!).