After a mastectomy or to hide alopecia or scoliosis, “therapeutic” tattoos are on the rise.
“I was tired of being blind on one breast!” The four cancers she contracted over a period of fifteen years have in no way damaged the humor of Elisa Fernandez. At the beginning of the year, after a third breast reconstruction carried out in 2021, this Gardoise chose to call on a dermographer to perform a 3D tattoo, in fact a trompe-l’oeil, of her areola mutilated by the mastectomy; a surgery undergone by approximately 20,000 women each year in France. “I had 17 breast surgeries and wanted to be able to look at my breasts in a mirror again”explains Elisa Fernandez who, a year after the replacement of her last damaged prosthesis by radiotherapy, went to the tattoo artist in her village in the south of France. “He explained to me that this work was special and directed me to a specialist”she continues.
It was there that Elisa Fernandez met Ysabel Marignan, a professional who has specialized for five years in tattooing aimed at masking…