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I want to give women their confidence back; Paula offers free reconstructive tattoos for breast cancer survivors.

Byline: CARLA TALBOT

A Paisley beautician is helping breast cancer survivors regain their confidence by offering free nipple reconstruction tattoos.

Paula McDonald is striving to help women mark the end of their breast cancer journey by providing a service which helps them feel like themselves again.

The 41-year-old is hoping to spread awareness of the services she offers free-of-charge as she has seen first hand the difference it can make for women who have been through treatment and reconstruction.

"It is a very emotional thing to be a part of, it is just lovely," said Paula, who owns Dermica Beauty in Fulton Farm.

"It makes such a huge difference for women and it really does give them that confidence and helps them feel like their old selves.

"I've had women say to me, "I feel like me again" because of this tattoo.

"It's amazing to see the response from women and I just want to do it more and let people know that I can do this for them.

"I am happy to be able to give something back to people."

Paula herself knows the difference a treatment like this can have on a person.

She was left with no confidence after a thyroid disease resulted in her losing her eyebrows.

The mum decided to undergo a permanent makeup treatment to have them tattooed back on - a decision she said changed her life.

From there, she gave up her decadelong career as an IT consultant and trained in the art of permanent makeup - which she has now been doing for more than three years.

Her hobby as a graphite artist meant she had a talent for the process, which involves an implant of pigment in the skin giving the illusion of a nipple.

Paula added: "When I lost my eyebrows I had no confidence and I couldn't believe the difference it made to me once I had them tattooed on.

"It's something I became really passionate about and I wanted to make people feel the way it had made me feel so I trained to do it and completely changed my career.

"After doing all the other treatments and helping give people confidence I started looking into areola reconstruction.

"It's 3D reconstruction I do so it is very realistic, which is why it's different to what is available on the NHS."

The NHS currently offer a similar tattoo, but it is a basic example of areola construction and women can also end up on long waiting lists for the procedure.

Paula's salon is now thriving having opened up a year ago - and she is even training her younger sister and business partner Lorraine McDonald, 38, to be able to carry out the procedure.

And they are hoping to appeal to anyone who may want to have the reconstruction done but were not sure where to turn.

Paula continued: "I want women to know that they have options available to them.

"I have found it hard to spread the word so I just want to do my bit and help any women that need it."

For more information on the areola reconstruction, contact Paula on 01505 322955.

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Jul 12, 2019
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