Alopecia Awareness Month and Semi Permanent Eyebrows by Geraldine Flynn

Semi Permanent Make Up also known as Micropigmentation has been one of the largest growth areas in the beauty industry recently but it is an established treatment which is both safe and medically approved, when carried out by an experienced and competent technician.

It involves implanting hypo allergenic coloured pigments into the upper reticular part of the dermal layer of the skin. The procedure is completed in 2 steps, 4-8 weeks apart after an initial patch test. The colour remains visible for several years, however in order to keep the look fresh and natural, a colour retouch is advisable every 12– 18 months.
I have been tattooing eyebrows, eyeliner and lips for nearly 10 years now and approximately 40% of my clients have alopecia, cancer or other hair loss conditions.  

Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder. The cause is not known. It has been estimated that approximately 2 million people have some form of alopecia.

The disease attacks the hair follicles. The cause is not known. Scientists believe that a person’s genes may play a role. For people whose genes put them at risk for the disease, some type of trigger starts the attack on the hair follicles.

The triggers may be a virus or something in the person’s environment.   In some cases, hair loss may be due to a vitamin A overdose, iron deficiency anaemia, a malfunctioning thyroid gland, fever, or pregnancy.  It seems to be more common after the first pregnancy as opposed to during pregnancy or in later pregnancies.
There is a slightly increased risk of having the disease if you have a close family member with the disease therefore it can be considered hereditary.

Other factors that cause hair loss can include allergies, irritants, toxins, burns, injuries, and infections. In addition, certain medications (especially anabolic steroids), chronic kidney failure, radiation, and chemotherapy can cause hair to fall out. 

I have been lucky enough to work in conjunction with the NHS appointed Hair Boutiques and the Macmillan cancer support unit.  From the beginning I realised a lot of ladies are dealing with the stress of alopecia, many in silence telling not even their friends or work colleagues.  Living with hair loss can be hard especially if you lose your brows and or lashes.  The difference semi permanent make up can make to a client in easing the loss of their hair is invaluable.

I was delighted to receive FHT Excellence in Practice Award 2013 for my Remedial Micropigmentation work on my clients with Alopecia and hair loss conditions for which I specialise and enjoy immensely.

Before proceeding with a treatment, I explain everything in detail and do a thorough consultation explaining clients can leave their hair piece on or not. It is important they feel comfortable and assured their experience will be a pleasurable one. 

The face is measured and eyebrow position and shape adapted to face shape for correct position of brows. A penciled on example is shown prior to proceeding; pictures close up and from a distance are taken and discussed with client.
Most hair loss clients are still shocked to discover such an amazing treatment exists and are more than delighted that it has been suggested to them.

I like to join associations that deal with hair loss and keep up to date with alopecia in the news and medical articles so I know as much as my clients and can show them I am genuinely interested.  I take part in refresher and master classes regularly to network with technicians from all over the world and keep abreast of anything new on the market.
To sum up God only made so many perfect heads; all the others are covered with hair !

Treating my clients who have alopecia has been so very rewarding and I look forward to continuing to highlight this superb treatment.

C. Philips
I have suffered from full alopecia for the last 7-8 years and as anyone with this will know it is a very hard thing to deal with. When it happened to me I completely lost all confidence in myself but through great wigs I managed to scrape a small piece of this back but I was always very aware of how strange I looked without eyebrows!. I had considered semi-permanent make up for many years but was always afraid and put off by the many horror stories that your hear about. It was only this year that I plucked up the courage to ring Geraldine and my only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner, she was amazing from start to finish and after meeting her for the first time within a few minutes I had complete confidence that she was going to make me look and feel wonderful again. I have now had both sessions done and I am completely overwhelmed with how well they look and how it has gave me all my confidence back in such a short space of time. I cannot thank Geraldine enough for how much she has helped me and I would very highly recommend her to anyone.

H . Wright
Having just had my eyebrows done by Geraldine I now want to encourage anyone thinking about this procedure to go for it.  I cannot stress enough the difference it has made to my life. I am much more confident and no longer shy away from eye contact with others. The difference eyebrows make to your face really is amazing!!  Geraldine did a fantastic job, she knew exactly what shape and colour would suit my face and I trusted her completely. From start to finish I felt totally at ease.  Geraldine's professional, caring approach was much appreciated and at no time did I feel embarrassed or self-conscious.  My only regret is that I didn’t do it years ago...the painless, procedure was worth every penny.  Thanks Geraldine.

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