The Very Big Role Permanent Makeup Plays Post-Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Between microblading mania and faking the look of fuller lips, permanent makeup is having a very big moment. Sure, it looks good and makes life easier, but the trending tattoo treatment also has a very important role when it comes to women’s needs after different types of cancer and chemotherapy. 

Rose Marie Beauchemin, founder of Beau Institute in Mt. Laurel, NJ, works on a number of cancer patients, along with individuals who suffer from trichotillomania, vitiligo and regenerative eye diseases, and devotes a lot of time working with breast cancer survivors on areola nipple tattooing post-reconstruction surgery.

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“When I am teaching an areola course, I tell my trainees that the saying in our profession is: Breasts and brows! They go together. I mention this in the event the trainees are only interested in learning 3-D areola tattooing. Their patients/clients will undoubtedly ask them if they can fill in their brows with tattooing. I encourage them to return to learn permanent makeup so they can continue this wonderfully fulfilling aesthetic relationship with their client/patient.”

As Beauchemin explains, when it comes to the face, once a woman has had chemotherapy, her eyebrows will not regrow as they were and the lashes typically thin out.

“This is another component to the dramatic changes ravaging through her body that make her feel unfamiliar. These changes are emotional, physical and hormonal. Once she heals from her reconstructed breasts, she will then be concerned about her outward appearance and the focus goes to her brows that have disappeared or regrown partially, at best. Tattooing or microblading her eyebrows puts back a feature she once loved and didn't have to be concerned about. This procedure greatly assists in concealing the outward.

“Lashes also thin out dramatically following chemotherapy. Performing a lash-tattoo or a lash enhancement, or even a full eyeliner, is life-changing. The color seems to return to their eyes with this beautiful frame around them. Generally, I recommend a cool color to this area because warmer browns will make one's eyes appear tired and red. Cooler tones of charcoal, even with a hint of green, black-brown or black eyeliner will look best.”

Permanent eyeliner also has its place after skin cancer. “It is a great way to give the illusion of a thicker lash line and to open the eyes,” says Short Hills, NJ, oculoplastic surgeon Baljeet K. Purewal, MD. “I have seen many patients whi have had this done and I myself have not seen any complications from it. I will often recommend it to patients who have significant eyelash loss in segments of their lid from reconstruction after excision of a skin cancer. It is a great way to camouflage the missing lashes.”

Beauchemin points out that not all women even know this is an option. “Some are still traumatized from this arduous journey of survival and simply not focused until the artist shows them how they will look with their brows filled in and with some eyeliner."

"Then, they are wowed with their appearance and generally schedule to have it done.”


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