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Tattoos Helping Breast Cancer Survivors

Tattoo artists are creating "nats" for breast cancer survivors to help them repair their self-image.

Breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies are turning to tattoo artists to recreate 3-D nipples to create the appearance that they're really there.

Artists all over the country are offering the cosmetic touch-ups that help women "feel whole again" after procedures such as mastectomies  that can sometimes leave them feeling like less of a woman.

Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate WFAA reported that Dixie Medford, a former aesthetician, is providing female tattoo artists lessons on how to tattoo what's being called "nats" onto breast cancer survivors. Medford is helping cancer survivors deal with the emotional and physical pain that accompanies losing breasts to cancer. She first learned about nipple reconstruction when she worked as an aesthetician in a surgeon's office 20 years ago.

"It was like a blind door for me," Medford told the source. "He [the doctor Medford worked for] opened it, and I walked through it to find all these beautiful, suffering people."

Vinnie Myers in New Orleans is doing the same thing after teaming up with Dr. Scott Sullivan at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, Medical Daily reported.

Myers told the source that he hopes to help renew womens' sense of empowerment and femininity post-mastectomy.

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