Facial Plast Surg 2012; 28(05): 536-540
DOI: 10.1055/s-0032-1325647
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Medical Makeup for Concealing Facial Scars

Donna Mee
1   Donna Mee Inc.—Donna Mee Agency, Corona Del Mar, California
Brian J. F. Wong
2   Division of Facial Plastic Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of California Irvine, Orange, California
3   Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Surgery, The Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, Irvine, California
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Publication Date:
01 October 2012 (online)


Surgical, laser, and pharmacological therapies are all used to correct scars and surgical incisions, though have limits with respect to how well facial skin can be restored or enhanced. The use of cosmetics has long been a relevant adjunct to all scar treatment modalities. In recent years, technical advancements in the chemistry and composition of cosmetic products have provided the patient with a broader range of products to employ for concealing scars. This review will provide an overview of contemporary methods for concealing facial scars, birthmarks, and pigmentary changes without the use of traditional/dated, heavy appearing camouflage products. Additionally, general guidelines and information will be provided with respect to identifying competent makeup artists for care of the medical patient. The article by no means is meant to be a tutorial, but rather serves as a starting point in this allied field of medicine.