Anyone who has had their breast (or breasts) removed as a result of cancer is entitled to have their nipples and areola reconstructed. Most people feel an emotional boost after having it done, because the appearance of a real breast is now combined with the appearance of an actual nipple. For many this is the time when they can truly start to move forward.
Breast cancer affects just under 50,000 women per year in the UK. Its incidence is increasing, but advances in treatment means we are now living with the disease rather than dying from it. As a result the number of breast reconstructions has greatly increased. Here Elaine Sassoon looks at the various options of reconstructive surgery currently available.