Facebook bans ‘sexual’ photos of nipple tattoos for women who had mastectomies

Facebook bans ‘sexual’ photos of nipple tattoos for women who had mastectomies
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A beauty therapist who tattoos nipples on breast cancer patients has been banned from posting ads of her work on Facebook – as they are deemed too sexual.

Vicky Morgan, 38, works with both men and women who have lost their breasts to help them try and restore body confidence.

She said survivors often view the tattoos as “the last step in their cancer journey” and that they are vital to the recovery process.

But Vicky, from Wadebridge, Cornwall, has been banned from advertising her work on Facebook as the images contained “sexual content and nudity”.

Vicky said: “It is incredibly frustrating. These women and men deserve to feel confident again.



Vicky Morgan, 38, works with both men and women who have lost their breasts to help them try and restore body confidence

“I understand the need for them to be strict when it comes to adverts which may cause offence but feel there should be provisions in place when it comes to posts made to help people by offering services that are in the paramedical field, like mine.

“This is for breast cancer survivors who may need my services to help them claim back their confidence and make them feel like themselves again post-mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery.”

Vicky has been working as a beauty therapist for 20 years and has been offering nipple tattoos for the past two years.

She also works on eyebrows and eyeliner, but retrained to do 3D areola tattoos and honed her craft by practising on moulds.



One of the banned posts

But despite her proficiency, she has struggled to advertise her services on social media.

She added: “I have been trained by one of the best Areola tattooing artists in the country to provide this amazing treatment for women and men who have had breast surgery or reconstruction following mastectomies to enable them to feel whole again.

“I can also treat old and faded tattoos to make them look more realistic.



The nipple tattoos have been deemed too ‘sexual’

“Unfortunately Facebook won’t allow me to post photos.

“For many who have been through breast cancer this can signify the final step in their journey.

“They have gone through the cancer, the mastectomy, the chemotherapy, and the reconstruction.

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“This is the final touch and is a service we provide for free.”

A Facebook spokesperson said: “We do not allow people to run ads which include adult content, including nudity or implied nudity, because ads are governed by a stricter set of policies.

“We recognise the important work Vicky is doing and hope she continues to use the platform to promote this.”

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