Camouflaging Techniques and Dermatologic Surgery

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backgroundSkin appearance alterations as a result of dermatologic surgical procedures may produce temporary or permanent cosmetic defects. Basic camouflaging cosmetics and techniques can restore self-confidence and allow the surgical patient to resume social contact.objectiveThis paper presents the dermatologic surgeon with a basic understanding of the principles and techniques employed in cosmetic camouflaging.methodsEvaluation of surgical scars and healing tissue in terms of contour and pigmentation defects accompanied by an understanding of complementary colors provides the basis for cosmetic camouflaging. A variety of commercial products are available to meet specific patient needs.resultsCosmetic camouflaging can merely hide postsurgical erythema following laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, and face Peeling or provide a cover for permanent scarring.conclusionAn Understanding of cosmetic camouflaging is essential to the dermatologic surgeon.

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