Beautiful Woman Tattoos Her Face To Cover Scars And Sets Up A Business To Help Others
Basma Hameed had a terrible accident in the kitchen when she was just 2 years old and was severely burned by hot oil. She underwent over 100 painful procedures to try to cover up her third-degree burns but despite all that parts of her face remained scarred and discoloured. It was when she had her eyebrows permanently tattooed on that Hameed had a wonderful idea.
"I saw the result immediately," she told Mic.com of the procedure, which she underwent following failed eyebrow transplants. "I was so happy that I thought to myself -- why not do the same procedure using skin tone pigments on my scar tissue, to camouflage the discoloration."
Hameed then underwent training and cosmetically tattooed her own face by carefully matching her exact natural skin pigment. Now Hameed has clinics in Chicago and Toronto where she helps other burn victims. At the moment she is treating 17 year old Samira Omar who had boiling water poured on her by bullies. Omar is being treated free of charge by Hameed's foundation and says the paramedical tattoo specialist has renewed her sense of hope.
"When she told me she could actually get my pigments back and find a skin color that could match my actual skin color, it's just a big sigh of relief," Omar told the outlet.
This is the kind of relief and inspiration Hameed had wanted to achieve all along.
"When I first meet my clients they can be so shy and insecure about their respective skin conditions, but once we do few treatments they are like brand new people," she told Mic.com. "They smile, they laugh, and most importantly they feel like they can live again."