You created a technique that allows breast cancer survivors to skip implants and keep their nipples. What inspired you to create this technique?
The vast majority of women who have breast reconstruction have implants. To do that, you take that flat mastectomy scar, where the nipples have been removed, and put a tissue expander under there to expand the skin so you can get an implant in there. When I was working on these, there were some fantastic studies coming out showing that there was no benefit in removing the nipple or areola unless there was cancer in those areas. That meant all of a sudden you could have a small incision under your breast and have a total mastectomy.