Nonsurgical Scar Management and Camouflage Techniques



Scarring is an inevitable consequence of the natural healing process that occurs when the skin repairs itself following wounding. The scar initially appears red and raised but will usually fade over time. In many patients it will flatten, as it matures over a 12- to 24-month period. Patients therefore need to be advised of this long process and must maintain a high degree of patience and motivation. Unfortunately, in some patients, as the scar matures, it can become highly visible, especially if it is not managed appropriately. However, timely and appropriate care can minimise its appearance and the stigma that comes with scarring (especially when they occur on the face). The use of cosmetics has long been a useful adjunct to scar treatment. In recent years, technical advancements in the chemistry and composition of cosmetic products have provided patients with a broader range of products for concealing scars. It is our responsibility to help and advise patients, so they can cope with their concerns.


Massage Moisturiser Sunscreen Camouflage 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plastic SurgeryNHS Trust, Royal London HospitalLondonUK

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