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Kerry Irvine, 36, has had several photos of her work tattooing the nipples of breast cancer survivors banned from Facebook for violating community rules for sexual content and pornography

A makeup artist who offers nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors says Facebook's photos are forbidden by Facebook – because they are pornographic.

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Kerry Irvine, 36, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, helps women who have had breast amputations with the 3D inks for the past five years.

But she is now at odds with the social media giant who continues to delete her photos because they violate their community guidelines for sexual content and pornography.

Kerry Irvine, 36, has had several photos of her work tattooing the nipples of breast cancer survivors banned from Facebook for violating community rules for sexual content and pornography

Kerry Irvine, 36, has had several photos of her work tattooing the nipples of breast cancer survivors banned from Facebook for violating community rules for sexual content and pornography

Kerry says that her work has changed the lives of her customers and that they felt more feminine after surgery, allowing them to recover both emotionally and physically.

She has posted photos of tattooed nipples on social media in an effort to promote her services, but the images are always being deleted.

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Her business page has also been suspended several times and she has been blocked from her personal account for displaying & # 39; sexual content & # 39 ;.

Kerry, who works at Modern Electric Tattoo Company, explained how when Facebook detects a photo of a breast, it is removed because hitting it violates their guidelines and I fully understand that.

& # 39; But what they have to do is look at the context and in this case it's not pornographic.

& # 39; We don't do this in a sexual way, it is purely to help people who have experienced this terrible thing in breast cancer.

The artist does the nipple tattoos, pictured on the right with the nipple courtyards before he inks on the left, the last five years and charges £ 100 per nipple

The artist does the nipple tattoos, pictured on the right with the nipple courtyards before he inks on the left, the last five years and charges £ 100 per nipple

The artist does the nipple tattoos, pictured on the right with the nipple courtyards before he inks on the left, the last five years and charges £ 100 per nipple

& # 39; The really strange thing is that some of the things I've posted in recent years have ceased, and then there are others that have recently been deleted.

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& # 39; I'm just curious why they allow one photo and the next, and suddenly I'm banned for 24 hours and can't even use my personal Facebook.

Kerry, in the photo, said she would like Facebook to view her photos with the context of her artist as a mastectomy work

Kerry, in the photo, said she would like Facebook to view her photos with the context of her artist as a mastectomy work

Kerry, in the photo, said she would like Facebook to view her photos with the context of her artist as a mastectomy work

& # 39; It's just a little crazy. They need to look at pages like mine and say, "Well, this is actually an artist doing breast amputation" and validating myself and others doing this.

& # 39; Some people may find them offensive due to the background or religion of seeing a breast, but it is really just promoting what we can do to help people. It is really something positive. & # 39;

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A Facebook spokesperson said: & # 39; Images of post-mastectomy reconstruction are allowed on Facebook and Instagram and this has been erroneously deleted. After reviewing the Kerry case, we restored the content. & # 39;

The artist, who lives with her husband Matthew Taylor, 39, an emergency worker and their son Max, two, started tattooing 15 years ago.

However, Kerry, originally from Barrow-in-Furness, has only been doing a areola tattoo since 2014 and charges £ 100 per nipple.

She said: & # 39; When I was first approached by a customer named Kelly, I had never done one of these tattoos.

& # 39; She just said: & # 39; Well, can you try it? & # 39 ;, So I did and the traction it got was just amazing. I didn't expect it at all.

When her work, pictured in action, was demolished, Kerry said it was difficult to inform potential customers because they wanted to view her tattoos but couldn't see many photos.
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When her work, pictured in action, was demolished, Kerry said it was difficult to inform potential customers because they wanted to view her tattoos but couldn't see many photos.

When her work, pictured in action, was demolished, Kerry said it was difficult to inform potential customers because they wanted to view her tattoos but couldn't see many photos.

What is a breast amputation and what is breast reconstruction?

A breast amputation is an operation to remove a breast.

It may take four to six weeks to recover after surgery.

Breast reconstruction can be performed months or years after a breast amputation.

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Some people decide to have breast reconstruction during the same operation, while others wait until later.

Those who have it usually have fewer scars and a small area of ​​skin where the nipple was, with a scar around it.

During the reconstruction, a plastic surgeon creates a breast shape using an artificial implant, a piece of tissue from another location or both.

Nipple reconstruction is usually done 4-6 months after the breast.

After the shape is built, the area can be tattooed to give a more natural color.

Silicone nipples are also available that will stay in place for three months.

Sources: Cancer Research UK, NHS England, Macmillan, Breastcancer.org

& # 39; But after about two days, Facebook took a photo I uploaded of the artwork for violating community guidelines.

& # 39; Since then it has been very difficult to get my work there.

& # 39; People try to see photos of my work, but because it is getting less, they can't.

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& # 39; Just trying to get women to have this permanent procedure from a real artist is very difficult. & # 39;

Kerry says she has lost count of the number of tattoos she has done for women undergoing breast reconstruction, but thinks it could be hundreds.

She said: & # 39; It's great to do this for them. There are huge smiles, tears and it is pretty overwhelming.

& # 39; You've been with these women for a while doing the tattoo, so you get the background story.

& # 39; You form such a bond and talk about things they probably wouldn't talk about, other people and even their partners.

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& # 39; It only gives them back confidence. They often say: "Oh my god, I can't wait to show my husband or my partner". To see the look on their face, it's incredible and really humiliating. & # 39;

Kerry said that tattoo nipples for women who have had a breast amputation & # 39; amazing & # 39; to be. Depicted is a woman before, above and after, below, with nipples tattooed by Kerry

Kerry said that tattoo nipples for women who have had a breast amputation & # 39; amazing & # 39; to be. Depicted is a woman before, above and after, below, with nipples tattooed by Kerry

Kerry said that tattoo nipples for women who have had a breast amputation & # 39; amazing & # 39; to be. Depicted is a woman before, above and after, below, with nipples tattooed by Kerry

Currently, the NHS offers a semi-permanent nipple tattoo as part of reconstructive breast surgery.

This version, which can often fade after three months, is done by nurses and not by professional tattooists.

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Kerry added, "I would be so shocked if the NHS approached me and said," Kerry, we want you to work with us. "

& # 39; It would be nice to say that it is part of your reconstruction and that you do not have to pay for it. I really believe that it costs the NHS much more than what I charge per patient.

Kerry said doing the tattoos & incredible and really humiliating & # 39; is

Kerry said doing the tattoos & incredible and really humiliating & # 39; is

While Kerry is tattooing, she says she hears about the background story of the woman

While Kerry is tattooing, she says she hears about the background story of the woman

Mother-of-one Kerry, pictured left and right while tattooing, said & # 39; it's incredible and really humiliating & # 39; to see the look on a woman's face after her nipples are made again

Kerry has lost count of the number of tattoos she has done, but thinks there are hundreds of them

Kerry has lost count of the number of tattoos she has done, but thinks there are hundreds of them

Kerry has lost count of the number of tattoos she has done, but thinks there are hundreds of them

& # 39; Imagine that you can also save money for the NHS so that they can place it in a different area or better equipment.

& # 39; Many women don't even know it's an option, but this is something very, very close to my heart.

& # 39; I lost a good friend to breast cancer five years ago and my grandfather also had breast cancer.

& # 39; This is not about me, but about men and women who have fought cancer and just let them know what can be done. & # 39;

Nipple tattooing is close to Kerry & # 39; s heart, because she lost a close friend to cancer five years ago and her grandfather also had breast cancer. Shown is a photo before, left and after, right of a Kerry customer

Nipple tattooing is close to Kerry & # 39; s heart, because she lost a close friend to cancer five years ago and her grandfather also had breast cancer. Shown is a photo before, left and after, right of a Kerry customer

Nipple tattooing is close to Kerry & # 39; s heart, because she lost a close friend to cancer five years ago and her grandfather also had breast cancer. Shown is a photo before, left and after, right of a Kerry customer

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