A mastectomy is a life-altering surgery for many women. It’s a double-edged sword, really, because the surgical removal of breast tissue saves lives, but it can also cause women to question their bodies and their femininity as the wounds heal.
While every woman has the right to handle her recovery in the way she deems best, we love how these 11 women chose to embrace their new femininity with these stunning tattoo masterpieces.
Vines curl delicately across the torso and chest of this woman, whose scars are barely noticeable with the tattoo.
Angel wings and a symbol of hope
This young cancer survivor will forever remember her struggle and hope with this gorgeous piece.
Photo credit: P-ink.org
Flowered bra cup
Photo credit: Bleuvous.com
The simple design of a flower mimics the appearance of an intricate bra cup.
A tribal design
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We love how the curve of this tribal design mimics the curve of this survivor’s body, scars or not.
Colors and detailed design
Photo credit: Needles and Sins
Rather than opting for reconstruction, this survivor emblazoned a colorful design across her scars and collarbone.
A beautiful star
Photo credit: Tattoodo
There’s so much to love about this tattoo, which is both feminine and strong in its design and execution.
A vine for a sleeve
Photo credit: Tattoo Road Trip
We love when survivors appreciate their tattoos so much that they opt to continue the design onto the rest of their bodies.
Delicate and beautiful
Photo credit: Inked Mag
This cancer survivor’s scars are so small that she could cover them with simple flower tats.
A fairy scene
Photo credit: Daily Mail
After undergoing a double mastectomy, this young survivor chose to let her body tell the story.
Photo credit: Rattatattoo
Spiritual and substantive, these tattoos wind with beauty across this survivor’s double mastectomy scars.
Photo credit: Mastectomy Tattoos
Frankly, courage has never looked so lovely.
To support women who want a similar work of art, send a few charitable dollars over to non-profit P-ink.org, which exists to help women transform their scars into something beautiful.