Breast Cancer Survivor’s Tattoo Is a Beautiful Way to Hide Her Scars

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breast cancer tattooI love creative, meaningful tattoos -- and this particular tattoo is, hands down, one of the most creative and meaningful tattoos I've ever seen. Featured on the Facebook page of Freshly Inked magazine, the text beneath the photo reads: "This tattoo was collaboratively designed by Inga Duncan Thornell and Tina Bafaro, her tattooist, to cover the scars from Inga’s bilateral mastectomy."

Not only is that one of the coolest ideas for a tattoo ever (not to mention a beautiful piece of artwork), it's ultimately a less-invasive alternative to traditional reconstructive surgery.

Not all reconstructive surgery involves the use of implants (saline is advised over silicone following a mastectomy), but it often does -- and there are plenty of potential complications to consider. These are just a few listed on

1. Implants often do not last a lifetime. You may need more surgery to remove and/or replace your implant later. In fact, up to half of implants used for breast reconstruction have to be removed, modified, or replaced in the first 10 years.

2. You can have problems with breast implants. They can break (rupture) or cause infection or pain. Scar tissue may form around the implant (capsular contracture), which can make the breast harden or change shape, so that it no longer looks or feels like it did just after surgery.

3. Routine mammograms to screen for breast cancer on the remaining breast will be more difficult if you have a breast implant there -- you'll need more X-ray shots of the breast, and the compression may be more uncomfortable.

Of course every woman should absolutely make the choice that's right for her -- whether that means a tattoo or implants or a tissue flap procedure or nothing at all. I'm just impressed and inspired by this particular woman's choice and the people who supported it.

Have you ever seen a tattoo like this one?


Image via Facebook

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Mamab... MamabearC

I haven't seen one like this before but it is a lovely alternative. I love tats but I love boobs more so I would end up getting implants but that's just me. I support whatever individual choice each woman makes for herself.

bills... billsfan1104

I love this tattoo, but I would say that would be easy to sit through and easier than reconstruction. I had reconstruction and I would think that tattoo would hurt.

the4m... the4mutts

Wow... how lovely. Good for her!

Billsfan- after a surgery like that, a lot of times the patient loses feeling in the area due to nerve damage. So she may not have felt as much as one,typically would. I had a tummy tuck and got a pretty cute tatto from hip to hip to cover the scar. I only felt aout 1/3 of it.

Blues... Blueshark77

That really is beautiful. Love it! I think I would rather have the tattoo than reconstructive surgery.


bills... billsfan1104

4mutts, I think I am just scared to have any needle near my breasts scares me. I think I need to be put under.

Madam... MadameGarlic

This strikes me as a brave, life affirming move on her part. And so gorgeous- what artistry.

belly... bellygirl

WOW!  That is gorgeous!  It is a really cool tatoo.  What a wonderful way to deal with such pain and suffering.  

Mommy... MommySally

Oh wow, that's amazingly beautiful.

litgr... litgrif97



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