Life-changing skin camouflage service relaunches at ESNEFT

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) are relaunching their “life-changing” specialist service which helps camouflage facial disfigurements, acne marks, scars, and surgical wounds.

The skin camouflage clinic also gives patients the opportunity to learn how to apply specific make-up techniques and colour variations in order to cover up their car or condition.

The service was initially launched in 2018 at Ipswich Hospital but had to be temporarily suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless though, the initiative is relaunching and is now available to any patient currently receiving care at ESNEFT, as well as those at Colchester Hospital who can ask their clinician for a referral.

Allison Weston, a maxillofacial and plastic surgery nurse specialist, said: “I am so pleased that we are now able to relaunch this potentially life-changing service. Skin camouflage can make a huge difference to people and give them a real confidence boost and is something they can learn to do themselves after just one appointment.

“It can benefit a huge range of people, including those with skin conditions, birth marks, surgical wounds, acne marks or self-harm scars, as well as those who have had a skin graft or skin surgery that they would like to camouflage. We can also recreate stubble on someone’s chin or hide radiotherapy tattoos and scars to allow patients to move on from previous medical treatments.

“All of the products I use are specially made and some are a little thicker than usual make-up and slightly more difficult to rub off, so people can continue to enjoy some activities and events with the skin camouflage in place.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming back our patients and helping to make a positive difference to their lives.”

For more information about the clinic and skin camouflage in general, click here.

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