Cancer services campaigner Vicky Phelan has praised the work of a Newbridge tattoo artist who is helping women to conceal mastectomy scars.
Aisling Mahon (above) carries out 3D areola restorative tattoos which she says helps to restore some femininity and body confidence to women following surgery.
Aisling's work was reported by KildareNow and Kildare Post in the past and is now the subject of a RTE short documentary featuring breast cancer survivor Aisling Coffey, by video journalist Eleanor Mannion.
Courageous activist Vicky Phelan viewed the footage and said on Twitter: "Fantastic sensitively handled piece by Eleanor Mannion."
She added: "Fair play to Aisling for exposing her vulnerability around this issue.
"It will, no doubt, help others. So glad that this helped her."
Featured in the short movie is Aisling Coffey who was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago.
In October 2013, Ms Coffey had a mastectomy and breast reconstruction. She received a tattoo of a nipple as part of her breast reconstruction but wasn't happy with the result. She then decided to get an areola restorative tattoo from Aisling Mahon.
Tattoo artist Aisling Mahon (left) and breast cancer survivor Aisling Coffey
Tattoo artist Aisling (26) said: "You have to be empathetic and compassionate. It's a vulnerable stage for these women.
"They want to feel safe so you have to be respectful of the process.
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