Nipple Reconstruction Decisions & Waiting

While you wait…

Written as a Guest Blog for DiepCJourney.
Terri Coutee is Founder of DiepC Foundation. She was awarded the 2018 Patients of Courage Award.

It's SO hard to wait!
-for pathology report or test results
-to be done with chemo / radiation
-to be done with breast reconstruction
That moment when you’re finally done with treatment and breast reconstruction is so exciting! The next thought is to get nipples and you’ll be completely done with it all and able to feel “normal” again. Sounds so simple, but a good nipple solution can be frustratingly elusive.

If you are planning to have a permanent option like nipple tattoos or surgical nipple reconstruction, you might get the news that you need to wait at least 3 to 6 months for tissue to settle. That can feel like forever to have to look in the mirror and see a “blank slate” or lopsided chest. We never knew how important our nipples were before we lost them, did we?

But wait…you CAN have nipples much sooner!

Naturally Impressive silicone nipple prosthetics are affordable, look incredibly real and stay on securely. Some nipple prosthetics can't be worn in the shower and you need to take them off every night. Even nipple prosthetics that cost a couple hundred dollars may only stay on a couple days at a time and then might fall off unpredictably. So embarrassing! Naturally Impressive nipples become your new body image through showering, intimacy and even swimming for an average of 2 weeks per application (individual variations).

In addition to providing an experience of feeling whole again, the affordable pricing & wide selection of colors & features of our nipple prosthetic provides a tangible example of your reconstruction goal to show your MD or 3D tattoo artist. You might have clear expectations of what you want, but how do you communicate that? They aren’t mind readers, but “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Because it’s really hard to tell color on a computer monitor, Naturally Impressive offers you one free exchange, to adjust model and/or color, within two weeks of receiving your new prosthetic nipples. It’s fun to see how often that one exchange can help you fine tune and give you confidence about nipples that feel just right for you.

If you already have tattoos, Naturally Impressive nipples can be worn over tattoos when you want some extra “perk” / dimension. Please check with your tattoo artist first as skin dyes and process varies.

Like this client, you may find you like your Naturally Impressive nipples so much they become your long term solution. “I decided against the nipple reconstruction. I’m afraid I won’t like them and then I’ll be stuck! I’m so happy with my Naturally Impressive nipples that I figure why bother?”

Free Naturally Impressive nipple demo and brochures are available to MDs / Nurse Navigators upon request.

This blog article was written by Randi. She is a nurse, breast cancer survivor and co-founder of Naturally Impressive, LLC. Her innovative husband developed Naturally Impressive nipples for her after her unilateral mastectomy in 2007.

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