A make-up artist who offers life-like nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors says photos of her work have been banned by Facebook - for being PORNOGRAPHIC.
Kerry Irvine, 36, has been helping women who have undergone mastectomies overcome their ordeal with the 3D inkings for the past five years.
But she is now at loggerheads with the social media giant which keep removing her photos for violating their community guidelines on sexual content and pornography.
Kerry says her work has changed the life of her customers and made them feel more feminine following surgery, helping them recover both emotionally and physically.
She has posted photographs of tattooed nipples on social media in a bid to promote her services but the images keep being removed.
Her business page has also been suspended several times and she has been blocked out of her personal account for displaying "sexual content".
Kerry, of Bromsgrove, Worcs., said: "When I was first approached by a customer called Kelly, I had never done one of these tattoos before.
"She just said, 'well, can you try?', so I did and the traction it got was just amazing.
I didn't expect it at all.
"However, after about two days, Facebook took down a photo I had uploaded of the artwork for violating community guidelines.
"It's been really hard to get my work out there ever since.
People are trying to see photos of my work, but because it keeps getting pulled down, they're not able to see it.
"Friends of mine have been telling family members I do this work and when they try to show them, there are no pictures because they've been pulled down.
"Just trying to get it out there to women that they can have this permanent procedure by an actual artist is proving really tough." Kerry has called for a more hands-on approach from Facebook rather than the algorithm it relies on for removing offensive content.
She added: "They detect a photo of a breast, they take it down because hit it violates their guidelines and I totally understand that.
"But what they need to do is look at the context and, in this case, it isn't pornographic.
"We're not doing this in a sexual way, It's purely to help people who have gone through this awful thing in breast cancer.
"The really strange thing is some that I have posted over the last couple of years have stayed up and then there are others that have been recently taken down.
"I'm just curious as to why they allow one picture and the next picture and then all of a sudden, I'm banned for 24 hours and I can't even use my personal Facebook.
"It's just a bit silly.They need to look at pages like mine and say 'well, actually this is an artist who does mastectomy work' and validate myself and others who do this.
"Some people could find them offensive due to the background or religion at seeing a breast, but it's actually just promoting what we can do to help people.
"It's a really positive thing." Kerry lives with her husband Matthew Taylor, 39 an emergency care practitioner and their two-year-old son Max.
She has been a tattoo artist for 15 years and works at Modern Electric Tattoo Company in the town.
However Kerry, originally from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria has only been doing areola tattooing, since 2014 and charges £100 per nipple.
She says she has lost count of the number of tattoos she has done for women who are going through breast reconstruction but thinks it could be in the hundreds.
She said: "It's amazing doing this for them.
There are massive smiles, tears and it's quite overwhelming.
"You are with these women for a good period of time, doing the tattoo, so you get the backstory.
"You form this sort of bond and talk about things that they probably wouldn't talk about with, other people and even their partners.
"It's just giving them confidence back.
They often say, 'Oh my god, I can't wait to show my husband or show my partner'.
"To see the look on their face, it's incredible and really humbling." Currently, the NHS offers a semi-permanent nipple tattoo as part of the reconstructive breast surgery.
This version, which can often fade away as quickly as three months, is done by nurses and not professional tattooists.
Kerry added: "I would be so chuffed if the NHS approached me and said, 'Kerry, we would love you to work alongside us' "It would be lovely to say it's part of your reconstruction and you don't have to pay for it.
I do believe that it costs the NHS a lot more than what I'm charging per patient.
"Imagine if you could actually save money for the NHS as well so they can put that into a different area or better equipment.
"A lot of women don't even know it's an option but this is something really, really close to my heart.
"I lost a good friend to breast cancer five years ago and my granddad also had breast cancer.
"This isn't about me but it is about the men and women who have battled cancer and just letting them know what can be done." A Facebook spokesperson said: "Images of post-mastectomy reconstruction are allowed on Facebook and Instagram and this was removed in error.
"After reviewing Kerry's case, we have restored content."
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