A beautician who offers women 3D nipple tattoos post-breast cancer surgery has slammed Facebook and Instagram after her accounts were blocked for sexual imagery.
Helen Frost, from Melling in Merseyside, was first introduced to the process by one of her beauty salon clients.
The 45-year-old initially offered half-price brow tattooing to those who lost their eyebrows through chemotherapy, before giving support to women suffering from breast cancer.
However, she was unable to post images of her work on Facebook or Instagram.
Helen told the Liverpool Echo her accounts had previously been blocked for weeks or even months.
She said: “Women who’ve had surgery can get a semi-permanent service on the NHS but they’ve got to go back regularly to get it done, and it can be a painful reminder.
“What I offer is a permanent procedure and I personally think my work looks better.”
Helen offers the service for free but is now struggling to promote her work.
She added: “The women I tattoo are putting up images of their scars to help other people and they are getting banned.
“It was a girl in a wet t-shirt and these don't get banned but these medical tattoos get banned.”
Helen added: “It’s dead emotional, the only way I can explain you know at the end of the tattoo is it’s like a kid on Christmas morning.
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“‘It makes women feel normal again, that’s what every woman says who I've worked on.
“I've done some fabulous work and I can't even post it.
“It’s such a massive thing for someone who has had cancer, I feel privileged to be working with them but I can't show them my work.”
Joanne Schofield, 43, from Aigburth, said it took her years to find Helen after her double mastectomy because she wasn’t able to find any examples on social media.
She explained: “After I had my mastectomy, it really knocked me, I suffered depression and anxiety and I struggled with what I saw in the mirror.
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“It took me about 2 years to find Helen because they ban everything on Facebook and I couldn’t find her work.
“I just cried when I found her and now I've got them, it was instant. Confidence was restored, I’m thrilled I feel normal again and feel like I got my womanhood back.”
Joanne believes thousands of more women would be helped by Helen if she was able to show off her work.
A Facebook spokesperson told the Liverpool Echo: "Some of the posts brought to our attention were removed in error and we apologise for the mistake.
"We allow people to post images of post-mastectomy areola tattoos on Facebook and Instagram and have restored this content.”
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