Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Post-mastectomy survivors take heart!

Local esthetician and salon/spa owner Sharon LeFore is a leader who is passionate in the field of areola reconstruction. For the past 11 years, Sharon has been active in her education in the field of micro-pigmentation, she is a member of American Academy of Micropigmention. The Academy was the first in permanent makeup organizations (ASOMSI-1985), certification, studies, publications and so much more. The leaders and members of the Academy are highly respected for their contributions to Permanent makeup starting in 1979. The members of the Academy strive to achieve an extra measure of protection to the public, the profession, and other professionals. Formed in 1992 by Dr. Charles S. Zwerling, MD, the Academy has grown from a handful of members to hundreds of professionals over the past decade. Active Board Certified Members have passed a rigorous Board Certification examination process, and a three-part objective measure of their knowledge base. From eyeliner to brows, from lipcolor to breast restoration after cancer surgery, from cleft lips to scars and vitiligo to alopecia, permanent makeup professionals handle many challenging and rewarding cases. For women who have undergone mastectomies, or who may have irregular or fading areolas, breast restoration procedures are nothing short of a miracle. Sharon's areola repigmentation and nipple restoration techniques employs cosmetically tattooed micropigmentation as a way to restore the natural beauty of your breasts so you can regain confidence in your own femininity. After the trauma of breast cancer, to be able to help another women gain confidence through this procedure is the reason Sharon is so passionate about wanting to help. The tattooing procedure, called micropigmentation, is usually performed as the final stage of a complete breast reconstruction, only after the nipple itself has been reconstructed. This procedure is performed with equipment that is very similar to what one might find in use at a tattoo shop. Its main advantage is that it is a relatively quick and simple. Micropigmentation is used to camouflage the color and even soften the texture of existing scars left behind after the initial breast reconstruction procedure. Primarily, this technique is used to simulate the color, shape and texture of the area surrounding the nipple (called the areola). However, for those patients who do not wish to undergo further surgery after their primary breast reconstruction, the appearance of the nipple itself may be re-created using only tattooing. The obvious disadvantage of this method is that it can only create the optical illusion of texture and dimension, offering no nipple projection. Sharon will mix various pigments to come up with just the right color to complement your skin tones to match your remaining nipple, or create both nipples. Achieving the perfect shades may require more than one visit, and as with any tattoo, the pigment will fade in time, necessitating a return visit for a color touch-up. As the owner of LeFore's Skin Care & Health Spa Sharon wants every women to know that cost is not an issue when considering areola repigmentation. Sharon is willing to help every breast cancer survivor with no out of pocket cost. In most cases, reconstruction of the nipple and areola are considered to be the final step in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Therefore, by law, the costs would be covered by the patient’s insurance. LeFore's Spa will bill your insurance company.