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Changing Faces and Healing Souls

By: Christine Heathman
Posted: April 28, 2009, from the May 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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The second-degree burn on the left side of the face is no longer visible after an application of camouflage makeup.

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Each year, the number of individuals who undergo cosmetic and reconstructive surgery increases at an incredible rate. The social and economic influence that places emphasis on appearance is quite evident at both ends of the age spectrum. Younger people seek peer acceptance; older people are challenged with maintaining positive attitudes for an extended period of time; and the facially challenged strive for normalcy.

Facial reconstructive and rejuvenating surgery can truly satisfy many needs and often will provide an extra measure of confidence that may otherwise be difficult to achieve. Facial correction requires no apologies and is understandably well-accepted in all circles throughout many regions of the civilized world, but it is not necessarily the answer. There can be many medical considerations to contemplate, and not all individuals are eligible for facial surgical modifications. Surgery also isn’t guaranteed to successfully correct all traumatized skin conditions. Metamorphic makeup therapy takes up where the surgeon’s skills leave off, acting as a prosthetic by minimizing defects and providing an almost flawless skin texture.

The impact

The purpose of any cosmetic use is always to improve a person’s appearance. A patient usually becomes frightened and sometimes disappointed after cosmetic or reconstructive surgery when the swelling and discoloration begin. The assistance of the camouflage makeup is then greatly needed to help the patient overcome feelings of post-op frustration.

The philosophy of cosmetic rehabilitation is simple when it comes to camouflage makeup therapy and goes beyond surgical boundaries. Makeup professionals—making the physical changes with the slight of a hand and the swipe of a brush—are also able to offer psychological support, encouragement, factual information, physical therapy approaches to improving appearance and experience, and emotional support.

Sometimes the idea about what must be done requires great patience from the camouflage artist, who might be instructed to minimize the swelling, bruising and discolorations that effect a client’s self-image. The client’s physiological well-being, in turn, begins to reduce stress and thus elevates the immune system to combat possible complications. It is always important that the camouflage makeup artist not only apply, but also teach the correct use of cosmetics to hide the trauma and enhance the appearance.