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In our latest blog we focus on a subject which can be emotionally overwhelming for many breast cancer survivors. The number of women undergoing immediate surgical breast reconstruction after mastectomies has risen sharply in recent years, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Areola and nipple restorative cosmetic process for breast cancer survivors

Areola and Nipple Restorative Cosmetic Process for

Breast Cancer Survivors

In our latest blog we focus on a subject which can be emotionally

overwhelming for many breast cancer survivors. The number of women

undergoing immediate surgical breast reconstruction after mastectomies

has risen sharply in recent years, according to the American Society of

Plastic Surgeons. Nipple and areola replacement, whether surgical or

cosmetic, is the final step in breast reconstruction. More and more women,

exhausted by the thought of additional surgery, are choosing restorative

cosmetic makeup. We recently interviewed Mahnaz Bahealou, an inspiring

woman who owns Elite Permanent Makeup and Training Center in Los

Angeles. She specializes in restoring breasts to their pre-cancer

appearance.

Elite Permanent Makeup is all about giving women more confidence.

Tell us how you got into this profession.

Almost two decades ago, when I was in my early 20s, I was going through a

difficult divorce and needed something to keep me engaged. I really loved

makeup, so I decided to learn how to do it professionally; I got training

specifically in permanent makeup. After working as a MUA for over 12

years, I discovered my passion for teaching, got my instructor certification

and opened my school the Elite Permanent Makeup and Training Center in

Los Angeles in 2012.

Elite Permanent Makeup offers reconstructive cosmetic makeup for

cancer survivors as well. How did this come about?

I find great satisfaction in bringing joy to my clients. Early in my career I

learned and became an expert at drawing the areola. Other examples of

reconstructive makeup could include, if a client has a scar on their face or

the body, I try to match their skin tone and try to camouflage it. We also do

scalp pigmentation for people who are losing their hair.

How long after reconstructive surgery can they get the service?

The safest minimum time after surgery is one year.

What process does Elite Permanent Makeup take before the service?


Areola and nipple restorative cosmetic process for breast cancer survivors

I have a lengthy consultation with prospective clients, to understand their

needs. It is as much an emotional journey as it is a physical service.

How would you describe the emotional journey for your clients before

and after reconstructive cosmetic makeup?

A lot of people are scared by the procedure and how it's done, but in the

end they're very overwhelmed at how real the results look. Some clients

start crying with. It's life changing. I try to do my best and teach and pass

on my experience to my students.

So you believe that reconstructive cosmetic makeup and tattoos in

general can have a positive impact on self-confidence?

Personally, I had cosmetic surgery around 8 or 9 years ago and it was a

really bad mistake. I went through surgery twice to try to fix the scarring

and they couldn't. I tried to remove it, but I couldn't so I drew a really nice

tattoo on it and it made me comfortable and accepting of it. So, I feel for any

clients that have anxiety about their scars because I've experienced that

insecurity firsthand.

What do you consider to be the best part of your job?

I love to teach so that I can impart the knowledge and skills that I have

acquired to my students. The Elite Permanent Makeup team is a supportive

community of like-minded individuals, who are committed to bring joy to

their clients inside and out.

We always recommend natural products for skin care and our Laserine

Botanical Salve is no exception – perfect for any tattoo aftercare. It is a

100% natural all-purpose balm and non-toxic alternative to products

containing Petrolatum. It is perfect for anti-inflammation, soothing and

moisturizing.


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