Three years ago, Plastic Surgeon Luis A. Vinas, MD, FACS, stood in his plastic surgery center and listened to an anxious breast reconstruction patient ask him the same question that other patients had asked when they viewed what had been their nipple area:
Doctor, isnt there something that can make my breast whole again?
All that was available was the option of nipple reconstruction. But the results of nipple reconstruction, no matter how skilled the surgeon, were often poor.
Dr. Vinas put together a focus group of breast cancer survivors. Their goal: to help create a beautiful and practical prosthetic nipple that they would want to wear. The prosthetic nipple had to be as lifelike as possible. It had to be thin, resilient, hypo allergenic, and self-adhering. It had to be translucent so a womans skin tone would blend in with the nipples coloration for a perfect match. It had to mold perfectly to the contours of a womans breast for a natural look. And it had to be reusable so women could afford it.
A whole new manufacturing process was developed to give the nipple the natural look and feel that the patients desired. One of the very first women to try ReForma thanked us for our long task with words that will always stay with our company: for the first time in ten years, I feel whole again.