Restoration of Nipples (PRN)
Rosie Young, R.N., originated the idea of prosthetic nipples through her
own loss. Dr. Craig Dufresne, M.D., and Robert R. Barron, Anaplastologist, further expounded the idea. Areola/nipple replacement
quells the traumatic physical loss that women feel in addition to the
innumerable psychological difficulties they may encounter.
First, careful measurements and impressions of the original areolas and
nipples are taken prior to the mastectomy - or - mirror imaging of the other
breast after a unilateral mastectomy is utilized. By either method,
women retain the appearance of natural, real nipples. The prosthetics
are adhered to the breast by an adhesive.
This unique service has a tremendous benefit. The seemingly real
nipple draws ones eyes away from the defect or scar and restores symmetry to
this area of the body. Rosie illustrates this by saying, "Without
enduring the trauma of multiple surgical procedures to recreate a
nipple/areola, this technique compliments the initial reconstruction without
the added pain and distress of further surgery."
The prosthetic nipple restores realism where
tattooing and reconstructive surgery fall short of one's expectations.