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Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2011 Aug;19(3):481-9. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2011.06.004.

Use of makeup, hairstyles, glasses, and prosthetics as adjuncts to scar camouflage.

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Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL 60611, USA.


Scars after facial trauma or surgery can be a source of distress for patients, and facial plastic surgeons are frequently called upon to help manage them. Although no technique can remove a scar, numerous treatment modalities have been developed to improve facial scar appearance with varying levels of invasiveness. This article reviews techniques that camouflage scars without surgical intervention. Topical scar treatments, camouflage cosmetics, use of hairstyling and glasses, and facial prosthetics are discussed. In addition, professional counseling is provided on selection and application of topical cosmetics for use as part of an office practice.

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