In 2021, an estimated 323,840 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men and women in the U.S. alone.
Approximately 43% of those cases will choose surgical breast reconstruction. Although nipple-sparing surgeries (leaving the nipple and areola) give the reconstructed breast a more natural look and can help hide some of the mastectomy scars, not everyone is eligible for such reconstruction due to issues with their skin or radiation. Thus a majority of those patients are left without their natural nipples.
In the past, those patients had to turn to the only other options available – skin grafts (which flatten over time), 3D nipple tattoos, or prosthetic nipples.
Meet Yagil Netta, Founder and Inventor of fixNip™. Yagil brings his design background to help women achieve more natural-looking reconstruction after mastectomies. The fixNip nipple is made from soft silicone and nitinol metal (the material used for medical stents) to more accurately recreate the shape and feel of a nipple.
This innovative product goes under the skin and creates the shape of a nipple and can be tattooed to give the appearance of a real nipple.
While this may not be a life-saving product, Yagil refers to fixNip as a SOUL-saving product.
The fixNip procedure is done in 15 minutes, with local anesthesia. That’s easier than getting a cavity filled at the dentist!
Currently, fixNip has only been placed in patients 6 months after their initial reconstructive surgery, but this procedure will eventually occur during the same operation.
fixNip gives patients a CHOICE for how they reconstruct after a mastectomy.
Watch our interview with Yagil Netta below.