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Dermal Implant Gives New Nipple Option

Dermal Implant Gives New Nipple Option

Although there are several breast reconstruction options for women who have undergone a mastectomy, many of which are covered by insurance, reconstructing the nipple has not undergone the same developments as breast reconstruction generally. There are a few options, including custom-made adhesive nipples and skin grafts, but the procedures are often expensive and may require regular replacements.


Fortunately, a new option has come onto the market: a reconstructed nipple in the form of a dermal implant. The idea for the nipple came from Eric Catalano, a tattoo shop owner who has a history of supporting breast cancer awareness and tattooing areolas for women’s reconstruction. He designed the implant to look and feel like a real nipple and hopes to provide the prosthetic nipples to women for free with the help of crowdfunding.


You can read more about this new nipple option and Catalano’s story and vision here. You can also watch the video below.



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Jessica Henslee
Jessica is a powerful breast cancer fact-finder. When our team puts a question before her, she can turn up the answer. As such, she has been the engine behind many of our most informative articles—providing women with the answers they need to the questions they’re asking.If you were to meet Jessica in her day-to-day life, you’d probably notice her wearing black and listening to music. She says if you want to get her something special, she’ll take a fancy cheese platter over flowers any day! She also has a special love for corn flakes and oatmeal raisin cookies.