Israeli Breast Cancer Survivor Launches Prosthetic CompanyThe Breast Cancer Site
Some women who are diagnosed with breast cancer must undergo a single or double mastectomy procedure. Health care providers recommend this treatment option because it completely removes the infected breast tissue and limits the chance of the cancer returning. Breast reconstruction surgery is available to help women feel complete once again, but sometimes it isn't enough. Breast cancer survivor Michelle Kolath-Arbel was diagnosed in 2010 and became upset once she learned her mastectomy procedure would require the removal of her nipple as well, according to the Jewish Journal.
Reconstructive surgery would create a new breast, however, Kolath-Arbel felt the shape was unrealistic and wasn't happy with the prosthetic nipples that were on the market. So she set out to create her own.
"For the first pair I made, I found friends who had also been sick," Kolath-Arbel told the source. "One put it on and started crying. All the doctors said, 'We were waiting for someone to do this.'"
Kolath-Arbel founded the company Pink Perfect, based in Kfar Saba, Israel, to sell her custom and ready-made prosthetic nipples. She worked with a silicone artist to create the realistic looking prosthetics. Each one can be attached to the skin with a medical adhesive. The prosthetics are available for purchase online and come in a variety of colors to ensure a natural match.