She was severely burned by hot oil in a kitchen accident when she was 2 years old. Although she underwent more than 100 procedures in an attempt to conceal her third-degree burns, parts of her face were still scarred and discolored.
After getting her eyebrows permanently tattooed on, Hameed had an epiphany.
“I saw the result immediately,” she told. “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.”
Today, Hameed has clinics in Toronto and Chicago and lends her skills to a variety of patients.
One of her clients is Samira Omar – a 17-year-old who was beaten and had boiling water poured on her by bullies. Omar is being treated free of charge by Hameed’s foundation. She 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.
“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. “They smile, they laugh, and most importantly they feel like they can live again.”