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Message from the Inventor

My name is Elizabeth Vivenzio, and I want to share with you the development of my product, Rub-On Nipples®. They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, for me it was bare mounds during breast reconstruction that inspired me to create temporary areola tattoos.

Elizabeth Vivenzio, Inventor of Rub-On Nipples™

Elizabeth Vivenzio, Inventor of Rub-On Nipples®

My discovery process began after my 2009 risk-reducing mastectomy, when I published two self-help educational web sites: and
Having been a medical writer for 30 years, I wanted to share the healing lessons that I had learned along the way. So, I created online handbooks of mastectomy self-care and breast reconstruction topics.

My research about areola pigmentation for the Tattooed Nipples web site led me to realize that temporary areola tattoos (most commonly called nipple tattoos) would be a solution for those, like me, who had long periods of reconstruction that delayed permanent areola pigmentation. Rub-On Nipples™ look amazingly similar to permanent areola pigmentation.

Difficult situations inspire ingenious solutions, so I surmised that if kids can have rub-on tattoos, why can’t we?

I thank God everyday for my journey and am so fortunate to be helping other women along theirs!


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Comment from Elizabeth N.
Time January 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Just got my rub-on nipples! I am a twice cancer survivor, 1st time in 1995 with a partial mastectomy and again in 2009 with a double mastectomy. I am finishing my reconstruction and ran across you site while trying to find pictures for nipple tattoos. What a GREAT way to try out colors and sizes! We can cut the temporary ones to the size we want!
I ordered the “Dark Rose Tone” and the “Light Barely There”. Elizabeth kindly sent me two new colors ~ the “Light Toasty Brown” and the “Medium Chestnut Brown”.
Really did not like the “Dark Rose Tone” ~ way too dark ~ very red! Think they would look better on someone with a darker skin tone. I like the other three colors ~ especially the “Medium Chestnut Brown”.
I have only been wearing them for a couple of days – so I cannot say how long they will last, but when I put the color on I did not like, it came off very easily with the alcohol.
Thanks for making something every woman who has gone through a mastectomy can use!

Comment from Cindy
Time February 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I just celebrated 11 years of glorious life since my diagnosis :-) I was 38 then and had reconstruction done 2 years later. I was not able to get nipple reconstruction done or the tattooing due to very thin skin after the stretching process of tissue expansion.
I have wanted something like this many many times ! I am thrilled to have found this site and will be ordering some right now!!! why didnt I think of this :-)
thanks so much