Make-up artist is SUSPENDED from Facebook after images of the free mastectomy reconstruction she offers to breast cancer patients were deemed too ‘sexual’ for the site
- Gemma Winstanley, from Hull, advertises the free service on her Facebook page
- After posting examples she was accused of sharing images of a ‘sexual nature’
- Mother-of-one was banned after she was reported three times in one week
A make-up artist who provides a free mastectomy reconstruction treatment to breast cancer patients was banned from Facebook after she was accused of posting images of a ‘sexual nature’.
Gemma Winstanley, 36, from Hull, ‘changes women’s lives’ by providing the ’empowering’ treatment, and advertises her services for free on the social media platform to reach out to women she could help.
But, after posting pictures of her work, the mother-of-one was banned by the social media giant, who told her she had been suspended for ‘displaying sexual content’.
It came after Gemma posted images of her tattooed nipple work in a private breast cancer survival group.
Gemma Winstanley, 36, from Hull (centre in a grey dress), ‘changes women’s lives’ by providing the ’empowering’ treatment. But she was horrified to learn she had been accused of posting images on Facebook of a ‘sexual nature’
Gemma regularly post images of her tattooed nipple work in a private breast cancer survival group offering the free service for those who have had a mastectomy and would like a nipply reconstruction
The 36-year-old mum of two is one of the best known semi-permanent makeup artists in the city after carving out a name for herself as a specialist in microblading, lip blushing and other aesthetic enhancements.
She said she was ‘disgusted’ that she had been banned while Facebook allowed videos of abuse and violence on the site.
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She said: ‘I’ve now been banned three times in a week, and each time you are banned you are banned from using Facebook for longer.
‘I would like to think it’s not someone reporting me, I can’t see why anyone would do that. If it is a case of Facebook picking up the image then it needs reviewing, I am not breaching their terms and conditions.
‘The images do not show nipples, they show a tattoo drawing of a nipple and it is not shown in a sexual way.
‘I need Facebook to run my business, being suspended meant I couldn’t interact with clients or show my work to other breast cancer patients who might like to have this treatment.
The permanent make-up artist explained that she relies on Facebook to run her business and advertise the work that she can do for potential clients
Nipple tattooing, also called micropigmentation or nipple-areola reconstruction is a treatment many women choose to have after breast reconstructive surgery. It re-pigments the area to make it look more realistic
‘I was shocked to see I was banned, it’s annoying, and what annoys me most is that on a regular basis people share animal abuse, child abuse, yet these images that are tattooed nipples are getting banned for sexual content.’
Facebook has since apologised to Gemma and reinstated her on the site so she can continue with her work.
As Hull Live recently reported, Gemma has launched the city’s only semi-permanent makeup training academy – Microbeau in Hedon, so she can share her skills with others who want to excel in the beauty field.
Nipple tattooing, also called micropigmentation or nipple-areola reconstruction is a treatment many women choose to have after breast reconstructive surgery.
It re-pigments the area to make it look more realistic, and Gemma says her patients feel it helps them regain their sense of femininity on the path to recovery.
It is a service which is offered on the NHS who describe it as the ‘finishing touch’ to the reconstruction to ensure that the eye is drawn to the nipple area rather than scars.
Gemma has launched the city’s only semi-permanent makeup training academy – Microbeau in Hedon, so she can share her skills with others who want to excel in the beauty field
Facebook has since apologised to Gemma and reinstated her on the site so she can continue with her work, in a statement saying that they ‘make exceptions where posts are clearly intended for medical or educational purposes’
Gemma trained in this treatment two years ago and provides it from her salon, Illusions in Bilton, free of charge.
She said: ‘The main difference between myself and the NHS is that the NHS use permanent make-up pigments so that fades over time.
‘I use tattoo inks that don’t fade, so it doesn’t need to constantly be re-done, by using tattooing ink, they wont have to think about that for the rest of their lives.
‘I have tears from the ladies nearly every time I do the work. They tell me it’s changed their life and finished off their treatment.
‘I love empowering women to be the best version of themselves and that often starts with learning to love their body.’
In a statement, Facebook said: ‘Adult nudity isn’t allowed on Facebook, but we do make exceptions where posts are clearly intended for medical or educational purposes.
‘In this case, the content was reported to us and incorrectly removed.
‘We have apologised to Gemma and reinstated the content immediately.’
MailOnline has contacted Facebook for an additional comment.
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