It’s true. Beauty professionals and cosmetic medicine makes people look beautiful on the outside. While some may scorn the industry for being frivolous and shallow, we give credit to four non-profit organizations that are giving back and making a difference. These organizations use the influence and tools provided by the aesthetics and beauty to make life better for others, a beauty that comes from the heart.
Angel Faces was founded by Lesia Cartelli, who was caught in a gas explosion at the age of 9 in her grandparents’ basement. Thankfully she survived, but not without burn injuries covering more than half of her face and body. Her own struggles with the emotional trauma and her self-confidence led her to create Angel Faces. Founded in 2003, this organization helps adolescent girls cope with the aftermath of burn traumas on a personal, social, and cosmetic level. Through open communication, art, exercises, and clinical corrective cosmetic opportunities through laser treatments, the young ladies of Angel Faces are able to cultivate skills and obtain the tools they will need to meet any day-to-day challenges they may face living with their burn injury. The ultimate goal of this program is to help their program’s participants live full, complete lives.
The Enhance Foundation was started by Dr. Steven Dayan, a cosmetic surgeon and professor who saw the importance of the educational opportunities he had been afforded, and in turn gave back to his community. The educational foundation provides scholarships, mentorships, internship opportunities, and educational rewards programs. For example, this year Enhance Foundation is sponsoring The Prom Pledge Party. They are rewarding Chicago Public School students who have received at 3.0 or higher G.P.A. with prom dresses, jewelry and shoes. Enhance Foundation has awarded over $130,000 in college scholarships to Chicago Public School students. To learn more about Enhance Educational Foundation visit www.enhancefoundation.org or www.drdayan.com .
FACE TO FACE
After one experiences domestic violence she may be left with physical scars in addition to the emotional ones. While the memories may never fade, the FACE TO FACE foundation helps domestic violence survivors fade the scars and physical reminders of their experience with abuse. FACE TO FACE is the National Domestic Violence Project of American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the board that certifies cosmetic surgeons who specialize in facial plastic surgery. Learn more about FACE TO FACE at www.facetofacesurgery.org.
Hello Gorgeous is a traveling non-profit organization dedicated to providing cancer survivors with professional makeovers and cosmetic education. After family and friends nominate a candidate, she is surprised with flowers, chocolate and an ambush makeover including nails, hair, and facial. Currently Hello Gorgeous serves the Indiana area. The program is actively seeking salon affiliates to help expand their mission. Their goal? They are striving to place two salon affiliates in each US city, each dedicated to performing 12 makeovers through the program every year. Ultimately, Hello Gorgeous seeks to help 500,000 women annually. Learn more about Hello Gorgeous at www.hello-gorgeous-of-indiana.org