Patients from around the world are seeking out Basma Hameed's unique skill set. Basma is a para-medical tattoo specialist who helps restore burn victims natural skin color.
Basma found herself in the field of micro-pigment implantation after a tragic childhood accident. When Hameed was just two years old, she was badly burned by hot oil in a kitchen accident. She endured more than 100 painful procedures - from plastic surgery to laser treatments. But half her face remained scarred with red discoloration. She was advised nothing more could be done but refused to give up.
Hameed discovered cosmetic tattooing while getting an eyebrow tattooed to replace the one she had lost from the burn. She decided if tattooing could replace eyebrows, then why not her original skin color?
Basma not only transformed her own face, but also started a booming business - the Basma Hameed Clinic.
She is pushing to have these micro pigment implantation treatments covered as medical expenses, but for those who can't afford them, she does them free of charge.
"I've gone through a lot and I've suffered enough," Basma told CBC News. "And I know I'm not alone. There's a lot of people who are going through similar situations, and I wanted to give back and help as many people as possible."
Basma's success has established an excellent working relationship with reputable plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and others in the medical community who regularly refer clients for permanent makeup and scar camouflage.
In addition to burn victims, Basma also treats people with skin conditions like vitiligo and cancer survivors who need redrawing of eyebrows that disappeared during chemotherapy.
Watch the video below. *Warning: images of burn victims may be disturbing for some.