Finding the humour during a tough and difficult time can be a positive way to deal with the trauma of breast cancer.
For Emma Conyngham, this tactic helped her to not only come to terms with her newly reconstructed breasts after her double mastectomy earlier this year, but has led to the development of a fun and innovative temporary nipple tattoo product for post-mastectomy patients called Nice Nips.
Nice Nips provide realistic, pre-made as well as custom-made, temporary nipple tattoos for women seeking to bridge the gap after their mastectomy through to their final nipple reconstruction surgery -- often a journey of many years.
This unique product, each piece affectionately named after various baked treats, was launched just a few months ago but is already proving popular with many women who are experimenting with the different looks the product can provide before deciding on a more permanent solution.
Reclaim Your Curves spoke to Emma about her product and the response she’s received.
For many women the final stage of their reconstruction involves the tattooing of new nipples. Two small coloured circles may seem insignificant, but for many women they represent the end-point in a long and often arduous journey to recover from the trauma of breast cancer.
Reclaim Your Curves recently spoke to Para-Medical and Cosmetic Micro-Pigmentation practitioner Letitia Henderson, founder of In My Skin in Bendigo, Victoria, to find out more about the process of nipple tattooing and their restorative impact.
Australia’s rate of breast reconstruction is one of the lowest in the Western world. One of the main reasons is that many women are not informed about their options by their surgeons in a timely way. Thankfully this is starting to change as a new wave of surgeons seeks to shift the focus of breast surgery away from simply removing the cancer, to recognising that offering breast reconstruction should be an integral part of the treatment pathway, and has a vital part to play in many women’s quality of life post-mastectomy.
Reclaim Your Curves recently spoke to President of BreastSurgANZ, and oncology surgeon at Sydney’s Mater Hospital, A/Prof Andrew Spillane and his research colleague, Kathy Flitcroft PhD, about the reasons for their hospital’s unusually high reconstruction rate and their efforts to break down the barriers to reconstruction.
Reclaim Your Curves recently spoke to Western Australia’s Dr Tony Connell, the world’s most experienced surgeon using the new AeroForm tissue expansion technology to understand his role in making this new reconstruction option available for women.
Jane Goodwin-Moore is a writer and consumer. She interviews Australian health professionals about their role and thoughts on breast reconstruction in Australia