Scarred cancer survivor left looking like ‘monster’ because she couldn’t afford plastic surgery ‘fixes’ own face for £150
A scarred cancer survivor left looking like a MONSTER because she couldn’t afford £5,000 plastic surgery spent four years studying to fix her own face – for just £150.
Charlie Battisson, from Walsall, West Mids, was left with a massive scar across her forehead, and another above her eyebrow which caused her eyebrows to be permanently raised after battling aggressive skin cancer in 2014.
The 38-year-old’s confidence plummeted and she was desperate to undergo plastic surgery to correct the disfigurement but was left devastated when she realised she couldn’t afford the £5,000 fees.
So thrifty Charlie – who was training to be a hairdresser at the time – decided to learn how to fix her own face and spent months studying and passing six exams to qualify in Botox and eyebrow microblading.
She performed corrective Botox and micro-blading procedures on herself at a cost of just £150 and is now able to face the world again.
Charlie said: “My facial scars had left my face deformed and I was so self-conscious that I wouldn’t leave the house.
“I knew that I couldn’t keep going with my face being wonky it was making me very depressed.
“My face looked very disfigured and out of place – I looked like a monster!
“But when I found out how much surgery would cost, I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford it.
“So I decided to go to classes, get the materials, and fix my face on my own – because it was that or living with the scar!
“I passed my Botox, cosmetic filler, micro-blading and chemical peel courses, I started to feel great again, and that’s why I decided to do set it up so I could help others feel good again too.”
Charlie was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma in January 2014, after initially dismissing her cancerous lump as a stubborn blackhead.
And within one month, the beautician had her face cut apart in multiple places, to remove all of the cancer, leaving her covered in scars.
Alongside regularly giving herself chemical peels, Charlie performed both Botox on her own face and micro-blading on her eyebrows after qualifying to carry out the procedures in December 2017.
Charlie, who now runs her own cosmetics company, said: “At first I was a bit nervous performing it on myself, but I knew it was the only way I could fix my face.
“I went for courses and learnt how to do all of the procedures, and I bought materials to sort myself out.
“Overall it cost me roughly £150 to correct my face, and I just have to keep topping up my Botox and micro-blading on my eyebrows when my face starts to slip.
“I have also rubbed bio-oil into my skin to hopefully smooth out the scar – I’ve truly become my own project.
“Now that I finally have my confidence back, I’m trying to help as many people as possible.
“I want to give back to people by providing those who need it with the necessary procedures to help their scarring.
“I’m trying to teach people that scars don’t have to define you and don’t have to mean the end of self-confidence.”
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