Skin camouflage clinic to help patients cover up wounds and scars
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Patients are to be given life-changing help to cover up wounds, scars, facial disfigurements and other skin conditions thanks to a groundbreaking new hospital pilot.
Ipswich Hospital’s new skin camouflage clinic is thought to be the first of its kind offered in East Anglia by a member of hospital staff.
People will get the chance to spend an hour with Allison Weston, maxillofacial and plastic surgery nurse specialist, who will talk to them about their goals before teaching them how to apply special make-up to cover their scar or condition.
Some include recreating stubble on a man’s chin, which can help to cover up facial scars.
Ms Weston said the clinic could “make a huge difference to people” and “give them a huge confidence boost”.
“I am so pleased that we are now able to offer this potentially life-changing service to Ipswich Hospital patients,” said Ms Weston, who has recently completed a diploma course run by the British Association of Skin Camouflage.
“Skin camouflage can make a huge difference to people and give them a real confidence boost, and is also a quick fix and something they can learn to do themselves.
“It can benefit a massive range of people, including those with skin conditions, birth marks surgical wounds, acne marks, self-harm scars or who have had a skin graft they would like to camouflage.
“People may be going on holiday so want to cover a scar on their leg, for example, or they could have had facial surgery and want people to stop staring when they go to the shops or out for dinner.
“The products are very clever. Some are thicker than normal make-up and are more difficult to rub off, so people can continue to enjoy activities such as swimming with the camouflage in place.
“We can also recreate stubble on someone’s chin, for example, which men with facial scars can find really useful.
“I’m really looking forward to putting the skills I learned while completing the diploma to good use and helping to boost people’s confidence and make a difference to their lives.”
Initially the clinic, which starts on September 13, will only be available to patients referred by colleagues at Ipswich Hospital.
However it may be opened up to patients from other hospitals if there is sufficient demand.
Ms Weston will initially run clinics for half a day a month, with the pilot running for six months before its success is evaluated.