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
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
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?
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
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.
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