The Illusion of Protrusion

by Elyn Jacobs, discount viagra Executive Director and the Director of Grants for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, cialis a certified cancer coach and a breast cancer survivor\n\nFor many women, ambulance feeling better about themselves involves cosmetics, hair color, a new dress.  For others, it involves a bit more.  For cancer patients, it takes on a whole different meaning. The last thing a breast cancer survivor wants is to be reminded of the tragic ordeal they’ve been through.  Those who have had to endure a mastectomy, whose nipples are either removed or left asymmetrical or changed, are often saddened by looking down or in the mirror. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder; but when cancer survivors look at themselves in the mirror, they focus on the scarred tissue from cancer surgery, the doughy flesh of reconstructed breasts and the baldness left by chemotherapy. The person they see in the mirror is unfamiliar, ugly, and unfeminine. Yes, cancer survivors will agree, they’re lucky to be alive, but it’s not enough. They long to look attractive and feminine again, to feel whole. Physicians may be able to restore the body, but artistically-applied paramedical tattoos and permanent cosmetics can help to revive the soul, restoring the natural beauty and self-assurance that cancer stripped away.\n\nQuality of life is important to me, and is a critical part of my blog content, so I spoke to an incredible permanent make-up artist about this issue.\n

I spoke with artist Melany Whitney at the Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics.  In working with breast cancer survivors who had undergone mastectomy, Melany was struck by the importance women placed on having a normal-looking breast. Blank breast mounds were a daily reminder of their struggle with cancer, preventing them from moving forward with their lives. The absence of a natural-looking areola and nipple intensified their loss, making women feel unfeminine and incomplete. Doctors’ offices, spas and tattoo shops have begun offering cosmetic tattooing. A nurse or ink tech may be able to tattoo a bull’s eye on a breast mound, but that won’t make it look like a real breast.

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Melany explained how she uses her three-dimensional cosmetic tattooing technique to create what she calls “the illusion of protrusion” that makes breasts look completely normal and natural. The signature Whitney technique combines a decade of microdermal training and experience with her unique understanding of scale, proportion, shading and color theory…that truly only a fine artist has, and is her company’s logo. \”Only an artist makes science so beautiful, ever since I saw that first woman without a ‘face’ on her breast, I knew I had to do this. The completion of the areola complex through tattooing provides an opportunity for women to move forward with their lives.” Melany’s artistry is also exhibited in her technique of single hair line stroke brows, expertly positioned to take advantage of the strength of a woman’s facial morphology and to create symmetry and balance that often women are not born with but can now have if they have lost the brows to Chemo. Many thanks to Melany for the use of her beautiful paintings, they really pay tribute to her work!

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Many people who could benefit from paramedical tattooing do not realize that, in many cases, it is covered under their medical insurance plan. Paramedical tattooing is often performed to complete breast restoration after mastectomy or hide scar damage from accidents or surgery. In 1998 Congress passed the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act that forced traditional health insurance companies to cover reconstructive surgery and related services associated with breast cancer reconstruction when those services are recommended by the patient’s attending physician. Elected medical ancillary services, including paramedical tattooing to complete breast restoration after mastectomy, provided by qualified providers are covered by most insurance plans. This gives breast cancer survivors the freedom to select a paramedical tattoo professional based not on cost but on the quality of the services provided. Too often recovering breast cancer patients are unaware of their legal rights and believe their only option is to return to the hospital to have the final step in the reconstruction of their breast performed by a physician or nurse without the practiced experience and artistic eye of a permanent make-up artist.

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Melany Whitney, CPCP, DAAM, CMI is President of the Whitney Center. She has been named \”the voice of permanent cosmetics\” by the largest professional industry society, the Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, due to her expertise and her prominence in the NYC media arena. Melany practices in medical offices in New York City, New Jersey and So. Florida where she sees clients from all over the world, and is the preferred artist for referrals from the top reconstructive physicians in the New York metropolitan area. For more information about Melany and the Whitney Center, please visit:www.permanentmkup.com

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For more information on permanent makeup for cancer patients, please visit: http://plasticsurgery.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id\=91

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Elyn Jacobs

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Elyn Jacobs is Executive Director and the Director of Grants for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation, a certified cancer coach and a breast cancer survivor.  Elyn helps women diagnosed with cancer to navigate the process of treatment and care, and she educates about how to prevent recurrence and new cancers.  She is passionate about helping others get past their cancer and into a cancer-free life.

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One thought on “The Illusion of Protrusion”

  1. Hello Elyn –

    Thank you for your insightful article and website and video on the topic of paramedical tattooing. I am a practicing photo realist artist currently (as we speak) training to be a paramedical tattooist. Unable to locate an actual college or school who teaches the procedure, I am training myself the same way I learned to paint photo-realism. My goal: help as many women as I can to reclaim their aesthetic feminine selves. I am a former corporate exec who has chosen to immerse myself in a career change and this is where I am focusing my talent and skills. However, since I am so new to this area, I am seeking the advice and tutelage of your professional guidance – hoping you are willing to speak with me. I am 100% committed to this effort and would enjoy more information about certifications, licenses, etc.

    Are there any grants or financial aid available for students?

    I have already completed my first aid class, blood born pathogens class and CPR with the NY state tattoo license and infectious disease class next. Will you help me, help more women?

    I look forward to making your aquaintance and learning as much as I can. I am also currently producing Custom Made Fine Artwork for Hudson Valley Hospital and very much want to work with the doctors, nurses and oncology departments, plastic surgeons who can refer women for paramedical tattooing.

    I am happy to provide my professional resume and my artistic website is available for viewing: http://www.cathilocati.com, as well as my illustrations: facebook.com/cathilocati

    Please call me at your earliest convenience at: 914-659-7777. I live in Tarrytown, Westchester County.

    Thank you for leading the way in this honorable field!
    Cathi Locati
    914.659.7777

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