Breast Cancer Now Detected by Advanced Genetic Testing

New Way to Detect Breast Cancer
New Way to Detect Breast Cancer

A new test may increase the need for areola restoration. A recently developed saliva-based genetic test is showing a great deal of promise for early breast and ovarian cancer detection. Purported to be so inexpensive women could pay for it out-of-pocket, sans insurance, the test could upend companies previously at the forefront of current screening methods.

How will it work?
Women will send their saliva to the startup, Color Genomics, for testing of the presence of BRCA1, BRCA2, and 17 other cancer-risk genes. A doctor hired by the company is involved from the onset of the process, with genetic counseling available for those with whom the cancer-risk gene is detected.

Sidestepping insurance
Due to cost, current screenings have been limited by insurers to those who already have or with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer. Offering the test for $249, one-tenth the cost of current screening methods, Color Genomics hopes to offer freer access to testing, and has even developed a program for providing free testing for women who cannot afford it.

Rival companies scrambling to maintain relevance
Former bitter rivals, Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp are pooling data with French researchers to better interpret mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 in order to identify “variants of uncertain significance” – that 2 percent of results which cannot determine if a variant in a gene increases cancer risk or is benign, thus making the decision as to whether to remove breasts, ovaries, or fallopian tubes to reduce cancer risk exceedingly difficult.

Are you currently considering a mastectomy based on screening results? You have options. Contact the The Whitney Center to learn more about areola restoration after cancer surgery today.

Permanent Eyebrow Tattoos Offer Help With Hair Loss

Permanent Eyebrows
Permanent Eyebrows

Conditions such as alopecia and trichotillomania can cause severe hair loss, resulting in the loss of eyebrows, hair and eyelashes. For those who have lost all or most of their eyebrow hair, medical tattooing offers a convenient and permanent solution.

The Permanent Eyebrow Process

If you suffer from alopecia or trichotillomania, you can undergo a process called permanent paramedical repigmentation in order to regain the appearance of eyebrows. This procedure involves medical tattooing that gives the illusion of real eyebrow hair.

Our permanent makeup specialists will carefully shape and feather the eyebrows to make them look as natural as possible. Your new eyebrows will also be done in a shade that complements your skin tone and hair color. Keep in mind that your permanent eyebrows will look darker and more sharply defined at first. When the top layer of skin is shed, your new eyebrows will look lighter and softer.

Benefits of Permanent Eyebrows

Losing your eyebrows due to alopecia or trichotillomania can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. You might end up spending a considerable amount of time painstakingly drawing in eyebrows with a brow pencil day after day in order to hide your condition.

When you have medical tattooing done to replace your natural eyebrows, you no longer have to worry about having a steady eyebrow drawing hand. You’ll have realistic looking eyebrows that won’t fade, fall out or come off, which can give your self-esteem a significant boost. Having eyebrows again can also enhance your natural facial features, leaving you feeling beautiful once again.

If you’d like more information about medical tattooing, please contact The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics. 

NYC Permanent Makup Tips: The History of Eyeshadow

Permanent Eyebrows and Hair Camouflage
History Behind Eye Shadow

For years, eye shadow has made its appearance as an eye enhancing makeup. Going back in time, ancient Egyptians used kohl. Just look at drawings and sculptures of some of the prominent Egyptians of that time, both men and women, to see their detailed eye makeup.

The Egyptians used kohl to beautify their eyes and to make them look more like their gods. It was also used in religious ceremonies and for medicinal purposes.

Another ancient society that used eyeshadow was the residents of Mesopotamia. Thousands of years ago semi-precious stones were ground into a fine dust that sparkled. Women applied the sparkling dust on their eyes and lips.

Greece and Rome had eyeshadow products brought in from India and Babylon. They were expensive and used only by the upper-class who could afford such a luxury. The Romans eventually created eyeshadow using a variety of crushed minerals, herbs, crystallized dyes and dried flowers.

The emergence of eyeshadow in the US started in the 20th century. From fashion models to movie stars, full face makeup, including eyeshadow, became a favorite part of creating a theme or character.

Today, eyeshadow is used by millions from bold colors to make a statement to subtle pastels to enhance a natural look. Many have chosen permanent makeup as an option whether due to a medical issue or a personal choice.

For patients dealing with medical issues such as trichotillomania, medical tattooing is an option. At The Whitney Center, staff can provide the type of NYC makeup tips to suit your individual needs.

Contact our office for more information about permanent makeup options and see our blog for more NYC makeup tips.

NYC Permanent Makup Tips: The History of Eyeliner

Summer Makeup
The History of Eyeliner

Even the smallest of changes can dramatically enhance the appearance of your eyes, making eyeliner among the top NYC makeup tips and tricks for looking great. Let’s pay homage to this beauty bastion by taking a little trip through time…

Go Cleopatra!
The earliest examples of eyeliner can be found over 12 thousand years ago in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, where eyeliner use by men and women prevented wrinkles from constant exposure to desert conditions.

Hail Caesar!
The use of eyeliner in the Roman Empire in the early 1st millennia A.D. represented not only fashion, but an association with religion and the gods.

A dark age indeed!
Though it remained in use in Asia, eyeliner fell out of fashion in Europe after the fall of Egypt.

Gettin’ jazzy!
The roaring 1920s brought eyeliner back into fashion following the 1922 discovery of King Tut’s tomb in Egypt, re-introducing eyeliner to the West. Women soon abandoned Victorian fashion in favor of those influenced by Hollywood.

Run with it!
After cosmetics companies got a gander at the income eyeliner could generate, it became a happy enabler, cranking out new eyeliner inventions monthly for a population willing to purchase anything to make them look like their favorite starlets.

The 1970s gave rise to new fashions and uses for eyeliner, including Punk and Gothic, later to encompass even men in the Emo subculture of the late 20th century.

Making things permanent
Today eyeliner is among the top NYC makeup tips, and lovers of eyeliner everywhere are becoming a part of makeup history by getting permanently attached.

Ready to be a part of the story? Contact The Whitney Center today.

NYC Permanent Makup Tips: Five Things to Know About Trichotillomania


The compulsive hair pulling of trichotillomania can really take over your life. Self-esteem issues resulting from the hair pulling disorder can really put a hamper on your beauty routine, making you feel that even the best NYC makeup tips won’t be enough. What’s a girl who wants to look and feel better about herself to do?

Love yourself, and get to know your disorder:

1. You are not alone.
Trichotillomania effects both men and women, starting at any age, from infancy to adolescence, with the pulling of hair from the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, beard, or pubic area.

2. Trichotillomania is an impulse control disorder.
Effected individuals cannot resist the temptation to pull, growing increasingly tense and experiencing feelings of pleasure on completion, followed commonly by guilt or embarrassment at the act.

3. Anxiety can worsen symptoms.
This includes both good and bad stressors – financial issues, relationship problems, buying a home, or planning a vacation can all result in increased pulling which is often worse during downtimes such as watching TV, sitting at the computer, or reading a book.

4. There is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment.
Each individual’s circumstances and medical history determine the most effective forms of treatment, which may involve education, medication, and behavioral therapy. Underlying skin conditions must also be ruled out.

5. There are ways to regain your confidence.
The best NYC makeup tips for those suffering from trichotillomania often include hats, hair pieces, and wigs, however camouflaging with permanent makeup can offer a more comfortable, permanent solution.

Looking for the latest in NYC makeup tips to keep you looking your best? If you’re suffering from trichotillomania, The Whitney Center has you covered. Contact us today.

NYC Permanent Makup Tips: Five Things to Know About Scar Camouflage

Scar Camouflage
Scar Camouflage

If you’ve got it, flaunt it? Not when it comes to scars. Take them off display with the help of scar camouflage. Are you ready? Know before you go with the help of these NYC makeup tips …

Scar camouflage facts:

1. It’s not the same as a tattoo.
Tattoos are made to stand out. Scar camouflage should disappear. Advanced training and skills are necessary for effective treatment.

2. It can change your life.
Scarring, particularly on the face, can lead to stress, isolation, and depression. Scar camouflage can help burn victims, cancer patients, those with military injuries, and men and women alike, gain back confidence and again enjoy an active social life.

3. It can help hide a variety of scars.
What types of scars  can scar camouflage cover? Fully healed scars from plastic surgery, injuries, burns, cancer surgery, vein surgery, and hair transplants are ideal candidates. Scars that are lighter in color than surrounding skin obtain the best results.

4. It’s a simple process.
Pigments, applied just below the surface of skin, will be slightly darker for 6-10 days, softening and lightening with healing. Additional applications may be necessary to achieve the desired results, and touchups may be necessary with time and sun exposure. Side effects are mild, only temporary swelling and tenderness.

5. It’s not for everyone.
If your scar is dark or you are looking to camouflage vitiligo or stretch marks, schedule a consultation with a Whitney expert to determine if you are a good candidate for scar camouflage.

Looking for more NYC Makeup Tips to keep you looking runway ready? Get the 4-1-1 from The Whitney Center today.

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