Use of Makeup, Hairstyles, Glasses, and Prosthetics as Adjuncts to Scar Camouflage

Douglas M. Sidle*, Jennifer R. Decker

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-489
Number of pages9
JournalFacial plastic surgery clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Camouflage cosmetics
  • Facial prosthetics
  • Nonoperative
  • Scar camouflage
  • Scars
  • Surgery adjuncts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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