Open for Business: New permanent makeup studio in Peoria opening to help cancer survivors heal

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – A tattoo needle in Jessica Mohn’s hands is a powerful gift in the eyes of others. 

“It gave them a sense of they’re in control in an uncontrolled situation,” she said.

Mohn is a senior artist educator at Smith+Co Studios, which recently relocated to Peoria’s Keller Station. She’s using her talents with cosmetic tattooing to give cancer survivors who have lost their hair or breasts a sense of normalcy. 

“It’s an emotional service to be offering someone,” said Mohn. “So, I want them to be comfortable whenever they’re here.”

It’s all possible thanks to a process called microblading. The tattooing technique recreates hair-like strokes to enhance a person’s eyebrows. Mohn is also now venturing into new territory offering 3-D areola reconstruction tattooing. It’s an intimate and sometimes emotionally vulnerable service for survivors. 

“I think that being a woman offering this…

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