After Breast Surgery: Adhesive Nipples

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, 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!).

Amoena Adhesive Nipples

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33 Responses to After Breast Surgery: Adhesive Nipples

  1. Peggy says:

    I would like a set of these nipples, after I lost my breast to problems after I had a lumpectomy, I never vent and had my nipple tattoo, has I had a heart attack on a Thursday and my surgery to have the tattoo done was the following Monday, there are times I wished I had a nipple on my breast for some of the tops I wear, when I go bra less. I hope I am one of the 25 to get these. Thank you.

    • Shan says:

      Wow, Peggy! You’re quick and the first to comment! Thanks for sharing your story and I’m sad to hear your surgery wasn’t able to be done as planned. I will send you an email to get your address!

  2. Janice says:

    I had a mastectomy on the right side only. Since my prosthetic has no nipple, I got a nipple hider, called “petal” for my good side. They sell them at Jo-ann Fabrics,

  3. I have had two breast cancer fights in 18 months. I had a lumpectomy and radiation after the first tumor was discovered and then a bilateral mastectomy after the 2nd. My prognosis is good. Both tumors were stage 1 with clear margins. No cancer found anywhere else. I decided to have my nipples removed with the rest of the breasts because I didn’t want to leave any breast tissue behind that could be easily removed. I was planning on the tattoo option. I am experienced in that area already. I would love to try the “stick on” nipples first. Maybe that would be all I need. Thanks.

  4. I had my right breast removed due to cancer. It has been reconstructed without a nipple. The cut runs flat across where nipple was leaving room for a slightly raised silicone stick on with a nipple. I am fair skin with pink raised nipple. Can you help me.

  5. Hi Shan, Thank You for the adhesive nipples, I received them today. I am a lady that is fair with pink nipples. I received Medium/Almond. I would probably get large however, I think they will work if I put one in one. You have been so kind, God Bless

  6. Joan Becker says:

    My story is not the usual or easy to hear. I went from large perfect breasts that of course had a small cancer & benign tumor to a smaller & lifted profile, but there are ugly surface scars. I had radical double mastectomies with immediate reconstruction 15 weeks ago, but just completely healed on the surface this week, at least I hope the incisions & surface wounds do not blister & open again. I followed every medical order & recommendation but within the 1st week from surgery my skin surface blistered & resulted in deep wounds. I was treated with 4 different courses ointments & dressings & 3 periods of oral antibiotics until the healing completed this past week. I had perfect round medium tone areolae & nipples, but now large ugly scars remain that hopefully will fade with time, I can only wish. Perhaps your substitutes could help me look more normal. I advance let me thank you for your assistance.

    • Lee says:

      Joan, I’m sorry it took so long for us to respond! I guess the Thanksgiving holidays threw us off our game! Look for an email from me and we’ll see about getting you a set to try. Thanks for your comment. I hope for your continued healing and peace. :)

  7. Thea Archer says:

    How wonderful, I would love to have a Nipple to attach to my Prosthetic Breast. I am waiting for reconstruction, I had my Breast removed in Nov. 2006 along with 17 Lymph nodes under my left arm. It has been quite a journey, but I have now have been offically discharged fron the Cross Cancer Clinic, as Cancer Free.
    Thanking you in advance, I am fair skin, with a medium sized nipple, light brown in colour.
    Yours truly, Thea Archer

  8. Lee says:

    Thea, congrats on your news! We’d love for you to try our nipples. Watch your email; we’ll connect that way and get the samples out to you!

  9. Joan Lyerly says:

    I had a skin preserving mastectomy of the right breast a little over a year ago. The tissue left after the surgery became necrotic and was replaced a month later by fat, muscle and tissue from a tram flap. I lost 1/3 of that as well. The last year has been a series of operations to repair the abdomen. This last week I had my 7th and hopefully last surgery! I had an implant to the right breast and a reduction in my left to make me even at last. I would love a sample! I am finally getting my life back.

    Thank you

    • Shan says:

      Thanks, Joan for sharing your experience with us. We would love to send you a sample – look for an email from me in your inbox (and check the Spam or Junk folder just in case in goes in there!).

  10. Gigi says:

    What a great surprise to stumble upon your offer. Thank you!

    I lost both nipples in Oct. ’11 during a bilateral mas. Four nodes were removed, but luckily no involvement. Still, the ensuing chemotherapy will prevent nipple reconstruction for at least a year. I underwent direct-to-implant, so I’m hoping to use these on the skin, and that they may help me decide placement when it’s safe to reconstruct. I would need a very light color.

    Thank you so much!!!

    • Shan says:

      Thanks, Gigi, for sharing your story with us. I think you’ll be happy with the adhesive nipples as you await your nipple reconstruction and, yes, I think they will be helpful for you for placement options. I sent you an email for your mailing address (and check your Spam or Junk folder in case it goes in there!).

  11. Janice says:

    Cancer was discovered in my right breast and I decided on a bilateral to be safe. I am glad I did as the pathologist also found cancer in my left breast. I am lucky. I am now in the process of reconstructive surgery (I had my last fill and am waiting for final silicon
    Breast). I will not be having nipple reconstruction. I would love to try your light adhesive nipple. Thanks.

    • Shan says:

      Thanks for your note, Janice. Look for an email from me to I can send you a sample! Be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder in case my email goes in there.

  12. Karin says:

    I too was diagnosed with BC on one side, chose a skin-preserving bilateral mastectomy and was glad i did as several areas of cancer in situ were found on the other side. Now after couses of chemo and radiation I am resuming breast expansion in preparation for reconstructive surgery in spring. Tired of the extreme “medicalization” of my life and schedule I was thinking of deferring the nipple reconstruction phase for a long while and am happy to know there is a different kind of option for achieving a natural, symmetrical look.

    • Shan Willoughby says:

      Karin, thanks for sharing your story with us. I know multiple surgeries can be a drain on your body, mind and spirit. The adhesive nipples can be such a great alternative to additional surgery. I just sent you an email for your mailing address so I can send you a free sample. Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folder in case it went there! :)

  13. Levitra says:

    Thank you for your information! I really enjoyed it.

  14. Sue Campbell says:

    I had a double mastectomy with reconstruction in 2007 and LOVE my new boobs — well, except for the fact that they have no nipples. The tattooed nipples that my plastic surgeon showed me in his “Big Book of Nipples” had NO personality — they are just flat colored circles. Now the Amoena ones: real-looking, perky, appropriately sized and colored to match my former ones, and so comfortable I am always forgetting I have them on. I can wear something slinky and have just that right shadow of a nipple to make me feel attractive and whole. Yay Amoena!

    • Shan says:

      Yay, Sue! :) I’m so glad that we can provide a product that makes you feel good about yourself! Thank you for the kind comment.

  15. Mary Morris says:

    I’m a one-sided mastectomy woman, so I have 2 different animals on my chest. Since I’ve never been satisfied with my implant, I didn’t bother to have the nipple reconstructed. Light weight summer tops make me look a little strange with a slight nipple bulge on one side and a completely smooth look on the opposite side. Please, please, may I try an adhesive nipple ?!

    • Shan says:

      Mary, thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’m think you’ll really like the adhesvie nipples. I sent you an email for your mailing address (check your Junk Folder in case it goes in there!)

  16. Anita Temple says:

    In May of 2010, I had a clean and clear mammogram. In December of 201o, I went to the doctor because my left breast was swollen and red. Needless to say, I was informed on Valentine’s day of 2011 that I had stage 3B infiltrating ductal carsinoma. I went through 17 weeks of chemo and all the side effects as well as an allergic reaction to the drug Taxol. After 4 weeks, I had a double mastectomy with removal of lymph nodes under the left arm. Two weeks later, I was back into surgery to remove more lymph nodes. After 6 weeks and 6 drain tubes, I began radiation treatments every day for 8 weeks. In the meantime, my mother, who was a breast cancer survivor, passed away. While going through radiation, I had to go back to work to keep my insurance. After all of this, I will continue to try to keep a strong will and a confident smile that I will beat the “Big C”. But, sometimes it is difficult to pretend that everything is ok. Losing my hair was bad enough, but not having nipples on my breasts makes me feel less of a woman. I know I should not feel this way, but I do. I’m not sure that I could go through another surgery for nipples to be formed and I know I could not get tattoos due to my fear of needles. I think your nipples would be just what I need at this point. Would you, please, send me a catalog. Thank you for making women feel more like ladies. Sincerely, Anita

    • Shan says:

      Anita, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. So many women have such similar stories and you are all my heroes. Hang in there! I know your journey will be successful and ultimately fulfilling. Thank you also, for your kind words. We have such a passion for what we do at Amoena because of women like you. I would love to send you a sample set of the Adhesive Nipples. I hope that will help you to feel like yourself again. I sent you an email for your mailing address (check your Junk Folder in case it goes in there!).

  17. Mary Ann Laux says:

    I was on line looking for Amoena form care soft cleaner when I tumbled onto this site. I had a mastectomy in February 1996. I feel very fortunate that I remain cancer free. I am the mother of four daughters, several of whom had breast lump scares over recent years. Two of their closest friends are cuurrently in battles for their lives due to breast cancer. One 30 yrs old and the other 36. So the shadow of BC never seems too far away……..more research and wonderful Amoena contact protesis bring hope….. I have had my contact lite breast since my first sugery. I absolutely love it. I have rather large breasts and if I wore a regular prothesis my bra would weigh heavily on my shoulders. With my contact form I do not have that issue to deal with….however, the only thing is when wearing knot tops, which is almost daily, only one nipple is noticeable. On occassion I think of it but then I realize how great life is and chuckle inside a little wondering what others might be thinking?! ;)
    If you still have any samples available that would be super….I feel quite certain that my daughters will be the first to notice.
    PS I hope all women who have an Amoena contact bra have a husband as wonderful as mine, who washes my prothesis every night for me while I get ready for bed.
    Thank you for a wonderful product that helps to make me feel like a woman! My best to all of you imvolved with the Amoena Company!!! Thank you…..

    • Mary Ann Laux says:

      sorry KNIT tops not KNOT tops

    • Lee says:

      Oh, wow, Mary Ann, thank you for that hearty endorsement! We’ll keep your daughters’ friends in our thoughts… and yes, we do still have some adhesive nipples available. I will email you shortly. Do check your spam/junk folders in case it gets stuck in there.

      Heaps of blessings on you… and your husband! What a guy! ;)

  18. Tamre Winger says:

    I have finally had my reconstruction done, and I am COMPLETE again!! I had the most wonderful surgeon and his team do these amazing wonderful boobs, he is truely a miracle worker as I had a complete radical mast with 9 nodes also 9 yrs ago. Now I have no nipple and I need to match up the other side to be really matchy matchy…
    I wore your bras for yrs and also the breast forms.
    I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of these just need the nipple now for summer tops…..
    Thank you for your time …
    A joyous complete Tamre

    • Shan says:

      Tamre, thanks so much for sharing your success story! I’m so glad you are now “joyously complete”! Look for an email from me and be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder in case my email goes there. Best wishes to you!