Last week I had my eyebrow tattoos topped up by Laura Kay. I decided to get my eyebrows tattooed last May after they completely fell out whilst I was taking Vemurafenib, an oral chemotherapy drug. Not only did my hair fall out and turn into an afro but my eyebrows disappeared too!
I’ve never really been a fan of tattoos and wouldn’t have considered any ordinary tattoo, but my facial baldness meant something had to be done.
Having my eyebrows done has made me feel so much more human and confident in my ‘new’ skin. Prior to the procedure I was drawing them in every day, which took me about 20 minutes and became more and more depressing as time went on. During my appointment I looked back at some photographs which were taken just before Laura performed the first procedure. It made me feel really sad to look back at these, I don’t think hair loss is anything a person can be truly prepared for. I’d recommend it to anyone going through something similar.
My eyebrows are semi-permanent so need to be topped up every 12 months or so to keep the colour and definition. Since changing drugs my own eyebrow hairs have also started growing back on top of the tattoos. They probably look better than they ever did before!
Laura did and wonderful job and my brows have now been restored to their former glory. My hair is also growing back thicker than before which is an amazing feeling. So far, the side effects for Pembrolizumab seem to be manageable. Of course, it helps that I know the drug is currently working.
The procedure was also filmed for a documentary I am participating in for the BBC about people living with cancer. More to follow in my next post…