The Finishing Touch in Breast Reconstruction

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Jill Chadwick

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            Every woman who goes through breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction is looking for that moment when she feels “whole” again.

            For many women that comes after visit Roxanne Edwards, a nurse and breast tattoo artist in the plastic surgery department at The University of Kansas Hospital.

            A few women are able to either keep their nipple area or have one surgically created during surgery or reconstructive surgery.

            But for most, their reconstructed breast is missing something, even though many women deny it is a problem.

            Edwards says the women who go through her procedure are often so grateful they are moved to tears.  Among her techniques is using a 3-D effect that looks like a nipple is present, even though it is not.

            Patient Patricia Frommer went through the procedure for our cameras and we blurred areas to make the video suitable for broadcast.  Check out the emotional finish at the end of the procedure.

            That kind of reaction is no surprise to Edwards, nor is it to patient Robyn Burton who had the procedure three years ago.