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Life-changing cosmetics business goes from strength to strength


Life-changing cosmetics business, which boosts the self-esteem of those suffering from illnesses, has expanded due to its flourishing reputation.

Redcar-based Medicare Cosmetics offers a wide range of life-altering and aesthetic treatments for those who have suffered from illnesses that cause scarring and hair loss, such as cancer and alopecia.Medicare Redcar 2

Medicare, which also offers cosmetic treatments, was set up by Emma Holmes who suffered from alopecia. It has recently moved to a clinic four times bigger than the previous, in order to work with and help more people.

One reason for needing to relocate is a recent contract win with the NHS which will see Medicare offering areola micro pigmentation nipple tattooing to patients who have had breast reconstructions.

Emma, who was sought out by the NHS whilst working as a volunteer for Look Good Feel Better at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough explained: “This is such an important service as it is the finishing touches to a gruelling treatment.

“I’m so passionate about what I do. I love helping people, and it really makes a difference to people’s lives.”

Having grown by 70 per cent over the past two years, the unique cosmetic company is also supporting local, young people in the region by adding two new members to its passionate five-strong team.

Hope Laing, 19, is now responsible for Medicare’s marketing and Laura Dyball, 22, has been appointed as business co-ordinator.

Emma added: “I’m so excited about our new clinic and the team. Hope and Laura are amazing and so professional. They have really helped me free up some time so I can grow the business.”

Emma, who founded the company almost six years ago, explained that her passion for combining healthcare with beauty treatments came after she experienced an ectopic pregnancy in 2008, which resulted in her fallopian tube being removed causing all of her hair to fall out.

The ordeal motivated Emma in moving to London to start working at a hair replacement centre in 2009, and her hair fully grew back in 2012 thanks to scalp injections and learning how to relax more.

Emma, who is going from strength to strength, is now looking to adopt her first child, she explained: “Even though it was traumatic at the time, I wouldn’t change a thing. If I hadn’t lost my hair I would never have set up this business and I wouldn’t have gained this independence, which is now allowing me to adopt a child.”

The clinic uses A-class medical devices and medical grade pigments in order to provide their clients, who have suffered from cancer, burns, scars and alopecia, with the best possible treatment.

Emma, who not only runs her own business, is also treasurer for Autoimmune Alopecia Research, deputy coordinator for Look Good Feel Better, has her own hair loss support group, and is a member of Finishing Touches where she offers training and speaks at conferences throughout the UK.

She said: “We’ve had such wonderful support from people, including Michael and the team from E-Strands who developed our brand new website. Federation of Small Businesses has also been very encouraging and welcomed us as a member.”

Medicare has a range of clients from those who are suffering illnesses and benefit from its life-altering treatments, to those who are interested in cosmetic treatments such as eyebrow, lip and eyeliner tattooing.

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