Scar and its management


>> COSMETIC CAMOUFLAGE

 

WHAT IS COSMETIC CAMOUFLAGE?

Camouflage products are specially made creams and powders which can help to mask or conceal blemishes and scars. They are more effective than ordinary make-up because they come in a variety of shades, tones and colours. The products are lightweight, making them less visible.


WHO IS SUITABLE FOR?


Camouflage products can be used for men, women and children of all ages. Following burn injuries, they can be used when there is alteration in pigmentation (darker or lighter than normal skin) or to mask redness in scarring. It may, however, not be very successful if the scars are raised it is often better to wait until active scar treatment has stopped and the scarring is flat.

 

HOW CAN IT HELP?

Cosmetic camouflage can be used to lessen the usual impact of scarring, therefore helping patients cope better with changes in body image. It can help to increase self confidence and self esteem, and by doing so, patients are likely to return more quickly to normal life roles. Camouflage products can be used everyday or just for special occasions.

 

ARE THERE ANY RISKS INVOLVED?



Camouflage products should not be used on open wounds, or when skin is sore and tender. Providing the skin is kept in good condition, camouflage cream should not cause any allergies or reactions. As they contain a sun screen they can help protect against the harmful rays of sun.

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HOW CAN I BE ASSESSED FOR COSMETIC CAMOUFLAGE ?

Appointments for assessment can be arranged through the Occupational Therapy (OT) Department (you may already be receiving other scar treatments and can therefore speak directly to the OT) or through the scar review clinics.
If you have already been discharged from the scar clinic, you can be referred back to the Occupational Therapist via, your GP.

You will be given a one hour appointment by the occupational therapist. You will be assessed and advised on the most suitable products for your skin type and colour, and on method of application / removal of these products. You will be given opportunity to practice yourself, and whenever possible, you will be provided with samples to take home to practice with whilst awaiting your own products. These are ordered on prescription from the hospital pharmacy department.

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