Camouflage cosmetics are creams, powders and liquids used to cover up irregularities or imperfections in skin color, texture or contour. They were originally developed during World War II to help fighter pilots who had suffered disfiguring burns. In addition to scars and burns, modern cosmetic camouflage can be used by people with rosacea, vitiligo, birthmarks and other skin problems. Unlike conventional make-up, camouflage cosmetics are usually designed to be water-resistant; the patient will be able to go swimming while wearing them. At Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, we offer camouflage cosmetics to help patients conceal any temporary cosmetic side effects after their surgeries.
Types of Cosmetics
Concealers are denser and more opaque than typical foundation make-up. They are generally creams designed to match the color of the patient’s skin, but there are some liquid varieties. Some concealers can be mixed with color correctors to ensure they match the patient’s normal skin exactly. Concealers can be used to cover scars and bruises after plastic surgery.
Color correctors are used to disguise discolored skin. They come in tints and work by covering the discoloration with its opposite shade. For example, the patient would use a greenish tint to hide a red scar from their surgery.
Contouring cosmetics are powders that resemble blush and are used to hide irregularities in facial contours. They do so by manipulating light and shadow. Light colors make depressions seem shallower, and dark colors make swellings seem less prominent.
The patient will actually need two products for contouring: a highlighter that is two shades lighter than their foundation or normal skin, and a contour shadow that is two shades darker. The patient will want to blend the two to get the desired look without leaving stripes of make-up.
How Do People Choose What Type to Use?
During a consultation at our office, you can learn about the different cosmetics we offer. Under our medical professional’s guidance, the patient will see which ones provide the best match and look the most natural. After the patient has made their choice, our expert can give the patient instructions on how to apply and remove the cosmetic. They will also be told how they may replenish it.
Removing the Make-Up
The patient should remove their make-up every night before going to bed. Camouflage cosmetics are thicker than regular cosmetics and are not as easy to remove. The patient will want to a use a cleansing cream to remove the make-up, followed by a mild, alcohol-free toner to remove any residue. They should then use a moisturizer tailored for their skin type.
Who are the Best Candidates for Camouflage Cosmetics?
Camouflage cosmetics can be used on men and women of any age and of any ethnic group or skin color. They can even be safely used on children. However, most cosmetic procedures are performed on adults.
During a consultation at Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, you can learn more about how camouflage cosmetics can benefit you after your plastic surgery. These products will help you to look and feel your best while you are on your road to recovery. Contact us today to schedule your appointment to learn more.