OBJECTIVES In this paper we describe how we integrated camouflage techniques into burn scar rehabilitation in our burn centre. METHODS Camouflage techniques are part of the multidisciplinary burn scar rehabilitation in our burn centre. Plastic surgeons and physiotherapists evaluated and selected patients to be involved into the camouflage sessions during the follow up. Patients are considered suitable for camouflage at least 6 months after the wound closure. After having been selected and informed, the patients followed a specific camouflage training consisting of 2 different sessions. In the first session patients have the make up done by camouflage cosmeticians, while in the second session the patients do their own make up under the supervision of the professionals. RESULTS From April 2012 to June 2016, 37 patients were involved in the camouflage project. All patients reported at the end of the make-up sessions a positive impression which translates into a social impact of feeling "normal" again. Women with face and neck scars, even not alterating physiognomics, were the most compliant. While, men seemed to be interested in learning camouflage only if having scars massively altering their appearance. DISCUSSION / CONCLUSION Aesthetic damage limits the patients social reintegration due to considerable psychological problems with self-esteem and self-confidence. Moreover, an altered appearance may lead to social stigmatisation. Camouflage techniques may have a positive impact on quality of life, particularly socialisation of burn patients. Abstract internet id 507
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