Oncology Esthetics. How cosmetic and holistic therapies may benefit Suncoast residents recovering from cancer

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 5:27 pm | Updated: 6:00 pm, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

No matter how forewarned or how ready you think you are, it's always a terrible shock when your hair falls out following cancer treatment.

Owner of Lasting Looks of Sarasota, Mary McAndrews said, "When women are losing their hair, or men losing their hair or eyebrows or eyelashes, there is such a need for knowledge about how to get the hair to grow back as well as what skin conditions occur, what nail conditions occur, and in massage how to self soothe while your feeling so nauseous from chemo and radiation."

A Focus of Lasting Looks is oncology esthetics helping those effected by cancer treatments build back their self esteem.

"I also do nipple tattooing to bring them back to normalcy and see what the nipple/areola used to look like"

Eyebrows, lashes and nipples are all created with the art of tattoo. McAndrews said that the nipple tattooing takes about an hour and a half and can be performed in three to four sessions. She explained what can be done if a nipple has been surgically created.

"And I can go ahead and tattoo the areola portion around it then actually tattoo over the nipple that's been attached, but if they have none then I can create a three dimensional effect so that you can see more depth."

 This is the reaction does she get when her clients first look in the mirror after having the restoration treatments."It makes all the pain that they've been through the radiation that they've been through the first time that they were told that they have cancer, all of those hard memories get faded into the background."

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  • Jamie posted at 4:55 am on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Jamie Posts: 2

    Yes, therapies to regain the hairs lost due to chemotherapy and other cancer treatments give a healing touch to looks and mind of the patient. In case of men baldness won't bother them too much but lost eyelashes and eyebrows always remind them that what extreme pain chemotherapy was. To take them out of this trauma, look changing procedures like Cosmetic tattoo , Medical tattooing are essential. Those suffered from breast cancer areola reconstruction is the only way to get the wounds healed.

  • CosmeticTattoo posted at 10:34 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    CosmeticTattoo Posts: 2

    Tip: When searching for a Cosmetic or Medical Tattooist it is advisable to ensure that the technician in in complinace with the International Industry Code of Ethics and Conduct.

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