Trichotillomania Sufferers Regain Confidence with Permanent Cosmetics

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The staff members at a permanent and corrective cosmetic business are helping bring back some confidence for those suffering from an impulse control disorder.

For over two decades the team at the Beau Institute of Permanent & Corrective Cosmetics have been leaders in their field, but it was one patient who opened the founder’s eyes. Rose Marie Beauchemin, who is the president of the practice, remembers the first time a patient cried during a consultation and opened up about her struggle with Trichotillomania. According to Mental Health America, the disorder, categorized as an impulsive control disorder, causes those who suffer from it to pull their hair out, and in this one patient's case - caused her to pull out her eyebrows and eyelashes.

After that meeting, she wasted no time educating herself on this disorder. Soon she began treating more and more cases of women who suffered from Trichotillomania with up to four new cases each week.

“I realized how alone they had to feel so I developed a method of handling, never attempt to diagnose, never ask them if they didn’t know it had a name, there was material sitting there,” said Beauchemin.

Now Beauchemin and the Beau Institute help those afflicted with the disorder by offering customizable procedures to hopefully restore some of their lost confidence.

Fixing eyelash loss is usually solved by permanent eyeliner, while eyebrows can be fixed by a hair by hair movement. 

First the practitioner figures out what the client wants by drawing everything on first so the client can see what shape options are available and what they are most comfortable with. The permanent and corrective cosmetic procedure is the carried out after a color test, and is followed by witnessing the client's reaction to their new look.

“I can’t even describe it. It’s so exhilarating to think that you were a part of that confidence,” said Beauchemin.

Beauchemin encourages everyone to check out the TLC Foundation at which helps educate and raise awareness on Trichotillomania. She has even created a support group which will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. on February 28th at the institute.

Beauchemin hopes to see more professionals like herself join her in bringing back confidence to anyone suffering from Trichotillomania

“A professional needs to recognize what is happening and be able to support these people who are suffering silently,” said Beauchemin.

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