Beauty

Chemotherapy—Coping with changes

By sudha.hariharan

January 14, 2017

Alopecia in which people lose some or all of the hair on their head and sometimes on their body as well is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the hair follicles. Though not life-threatening or painful, it can cause irritation and physical problems resulting from loss of eyelashes or eyebrows. This, in turn leads to  psychological consequences, specially for  those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer leaving  patients distressed,causing intense emotional suffering, and leading to personal, social, and work related problems.

The most obvious change caused by chemo will likely be hair loss. You may expect to lose the hair on your head, but other body hair, such as eyebrows, eyelashes, and pubic hair, are often affected, too.

Everyone wants to look and feel beautiful. Especially when it comes to women, looking beautiful is an integral part of their being. This boosts their morale, giving them confidence. A woman who is confident sheds her insecurities, she becomes more daring, self-assured, courageous.

Cancer is one disease that shatters the life of a person completely. Apart from the highest degree of trauma and pain,it takes away the desire to live from an individual. The treatment and the medicines to cure cancer causes major physical problems including hair loss. Even the eyebrows, that provide a frame to a person’s face, are burnt because of the side effects of chemotherapy.

To help those who have fought back cancer bravely, expert beautician,Gunjan Gaur has taken an initiative of  introducing the concept of “permanent makeup for female cancer survivors”. Women who have lost their eyebrows during the treatment, can get them back with the help of permanent makeup.

Eyebrows provide a framework and complete the face. They also play a vital role in adding to the beauty of the face and the overall appearance of an individual. And when such a part is affected, it is quite natural for a woman to feel insecure about her looks. Women, who have faced so much suffering and pain during the cancer treatment, are already low on confidence since it is extremely difficult for them to get back to their normal life. It is difficult for them to even recognize themselves. And for a person to lose their identity is a traumatic feeling.

Gunjan’s aim is to support these women by giving them back their identities, their confidence, boosting their morale and provding some mental peace and joy. She recently conducted a workshop on giving permanent makeup to female cancer survivors at her clinic. “As we all know, cancer kills an individual’s desire to live a happy and normal life and even those who survive struggle with the after-affects of the treatments.”

Permanent makeup beautifies and rectifies the eyebrows permanently. It is a highly effective technique that takes care of all the special beauty requirements, that too in a highly economical manner. With Permanent Beauty Solutions, one can look more attractive and get rid of everyday usage of makeup with no side effects. This process will highlight the looks and one feels confident as it appears natural and appealing to others eyes.

Permanent eyebrows– permanent eyebrows are the only solution for cancer survivors who have lost their eyebrows during chemotherapy.  If the normal eyebrow pencil is used to create the look, it would rub off within half an hour whereas permanent eyebrows will last for more than 10 years.

People feel fear that they will have to undergo extreme pain to get permanent eyebrows which is not true.o have permanent make up as they think they will go through extreme pain, which actually is not true.This process is a combination of art and science. German needles and colors are used and there are no side effects of permanent make up. A slight redness appears after the completion of the process, which fades after 15 to 20 minutes. The eyebrows are shaped as per the requirement so that they appear bushier and thicker. Touch ups with eyebrow pencil aren’t required after this process.

People who have light colored eyebrows or have less hair in their brows are more inclined towards getting this done.

The whole process is completed with 15 minutes. This make up stays on for 12-15 years and is not affected by water or sweat.This is not at all painful as it is done after a mild dose of anesthesia, a special cream is applied on the surface that has to be worked upon to make sure the process goes smooth. The approximate cost for the same is Rs. 9000.

After the process survivors were quite delighted with the results. “I can’t believe my eyes. Due to chemotherapy, my hair got burned and I was way too embarrassed to go out. I used a pencil which usually got rubbed within a hour.” said Nidhi one of the cancer survivors.