I was contacted by Dr J Kok from the Driehoek Veterinary Hospital regarding Albinism (congenital absence of normal pigmentation in the body) on two white Maltese Poodles named Rosy and Lilly and he requested that I apply permanent makeup to each.  Rosy was partially affected around the eyelids and nose and Lilly was affected around the eyelids only.

Please read the report by Dr Kok why it was deemed necessary to do the procedures. Hope you find it interesting and awarding as I did.

“Rosy a white Maltese Poodle of 4 months of age was seen by me for routine vaccinations, on clinical examination it was noted that she suffers from partial Albinism (congenital absence of normal pigmentation in the body) here it was specifically the eyelids and the nose. Knowing that the lack of pigmentation of the eyelids leads to hypersensitivity to sunlight and consequently chronic conjunctivitis I suggested to tattoo the eyelids without pigmentation.

Also knowing that chronic exposure to UV-rays can lead to sunburn and eventually Squamous Cell Carcinoma (skin cancer)I also suggested to tattoo the nose, to act as barrier against the UV-rays, this reason also apply for the eyelids but the eyelids is more protected by hair growing over the eyes. Lilly was also seen by me and only suffered from Albinism around the eyes, the same suggestion was made to tattoo the eyelids.

With the consent of the owners, I contacted Sulé Loggenberg who is a Master Qualified Permanent Makeup Specialist and Trainer. I told her what I intend to do and ask if she could assist with the procedure.

Sulé was very eager to help and we decided on a day that would suit all the parties involved. We did the procedure at Driehoek Veterinary Hospital, me and my staff was responsible for the general anaesthesia and general well being of the patients while Sule did the tattoo’s on the eyelids and the nose. The results far exceeded my expectations and also those of the clients!

The intention of the procedure is to improve the quality of life of the patients by preventing having chronic conjunctivitis and also to prevent skin cancer which is a given for patients suffering from Albinism especially on the nose where sunblock prevention is often licked off. White cats suffering from Albinism suffers a lot with skin cancer on the nose and also the tip of the ears, leading to amputation of the ears to prevent spreading of the cancer. For obvious reasons can we not amputate the nose, so we have to rely on radiotherapy to try and control the cancer with various results.

We will follow these two cases, Rosy and Lilly, first to see if touch up procedures will be necessary and secondly if it does indeed improve their quality of life’s and help in the prevention of skin cancer on the tattoo’ed areas.

Hopefully we can render these services to other patients suffering from Albinism!

Sulé thank you very much for the calm professional way you did the procedures with us, I know it was a first for you on animals. We were impressed especially when you were impressed with the outcome of the procedures!

Dr. J. Kok.BVSc”