Nipple Reconstruction

Photos: Peter Hapak

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Melissa McAllister
"I look like me. I don’t like the way reconstruction feels—the numbness, the pain—but I’m happy for the most part with what I see in the mirror."

Melissa McAllister,41, diagnosed in 2013 with stage I invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Had bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction and 3-D nipple tattoos by Amy Black in Richmond. Cofounded The Underbelly, an online magazine for women with breast cancer.