We at Skin Camouflage Services are delighted to announce that we now offer some innovative options for camouflaging larger areas of visible skin difference.
We have been receiving enquiries about a product fairly new to the UK called Microskin™ and you may be curious to know whether this could be the cover solution for your skin difference, whether that be altered pigmentation or scarring. Developed in Australia, Microskin™ is a durable, ‘second skin’ technology which stays on the skin for several days while allowing your skin to breath and move as normal. It can be applied using a sponge or air brush technique which is particularly good where a larger area needs to be camouflaged. It does not rub off and is waterproof. If not actively removed using a serum, it will simply shed over a few days just like skin cells until you reapply it. We are proud to share with you that Vanessa Jane Davies is currently the only expert medical skin camouflage practitioner in the UK certified to provide Microskin™ consultations.
However, being an independent practice means we are not bound to any one product and so have the freedom to ensure that we can select the right product for your needs. None of the products in our repertoire is a ‘one size fits all’ solution for every skin camouflage requirement.
"I was apprehensive at first about how the new camouflage technique would work over my large area of scaring. Vanessa was so lovely and supportive from the moment we met. She explained the various camouflage options in detail and answered any questions I had. She made sure I was happy with the products and the results I was getting. Very happy with my appointment, I chose the airbrush technique. Thank you!" (Helena).
We now have Microskin™ and a number of other effective camouflage pigments particularly suited to covering larger areas, one other new product can also be applied using an airbrush and does not require ‘fixing’, another option is an easily applied body cover cream which is applied much like you would a moisturiser or with a body brush. Each product type has different merits for different applications, whether it’s the range of colour options available to achieve an accurate colour match or getting the coverage needed whilst still achieving a natural look. Getting the right colour match, the right coverage and the right application technique for you is key to the success of your skin camouflage. Realistically, this can only be achieved by consulting an experienced, independent expert. When you come for your appointment, Vanessa will take into account your individual skin camouflage requirements; your colour match and your lifestyle to find the right solution for you. We want you to be happy with your skin camouflage and confident about your appearance so you can forget your skin differences and get on with your life.
This is why we are offering a consultation especially for larger area skin camouflage needs. We will have the range of products described above available on the day to ensure we can select the best colour match, coverage and lifestyle choice for you. We cannot guarantee that any one particular product will be the correct choice for you, this will be assessed on the day. When we have agreed the best choice together, we are happy to arrange delivery of the products and any equipment you may need directly to you or, you can order them directly yourself.
If you would like to book an appointment, please contact us here: UK Resident Appointment or International Patient Appointment.
"Very friendly and professional consultation. My partner was informed of numerous products to best suit her needs in which she could sample until she found the perfect match. I was included in all the choices for my partner as Vanessa understood the importance of a second opinion and working together". (Ross).
Last updated 31st July 2020
All Our Clinics Are Now Open!
Our Patient Guide Video below tells you about changes at out clinics. It includes key information ahead of your appointment and a few simple precautions to keep us all safe.
Last updated 24th March 2020
All Our Clinics Are Currently Suspended
It is with a heavy heart that following government guidance our clinics are currently suspended for face-to-face consultations but continue to accept referrals and instructions. Assessments for rehabilitation and expert witness reports will be conducted via video link.
Last updated 17th March 2020
In January this year we published a blog about the importance of proper hand washing and hygiene procedures during your skin camouflage practical and scar therapy session. You can read our blog below.
Little did we know then just how important this is… effective hand washing is key to minimising the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus.
We want you to know that we practice the highest standards of hand hygiene and equipment decontamination. Whether you are attending 10 Harley Street, The Broad Street Practice in Stamford or one of our clinics based at BMI The Duchy Hospital Harrogate, BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington or BMI Sandringham Hospital Kings Lynn, you can be assured that all necessary precautions are being taken for patients and staff to minimise the risk of contracting coronavirus.
What to do before your appointment
Please consider the latest guidance regarding signs and symptoms to look out for ahead of your appointment.
If you have recently returned from any of the counties most affected by conoravirus or if you, or a member of your immediate household are unwell and are experiencing a new and persistent cough and have a high temperature, you should not attend your appointment and must follow the latest guidance on isolation at home.
If you need to postpone please try to give us as much notice as you can. We will be happy to reschedule your session for a time when things are better. You will find details of how best to contact us on your appointment letter.
When you arrive for your appointment
When you arrive at any of our clinics you will be asked a few simple questions about recent travel and any current health concerns. You will also be asked to either wash and dry your hands thoroughly or will be offered hand sanitizer which you should spread over your hands back and front and between your fingers just as if you were washing your hands.
We look forward to a time when coronavirus is behind us all, but in the meantime, with a few simple precautions, we can continue to offer skin camouflage and scar therapy to those who need us.
Take care and best wishes,
Since 2015 we have been using silicone therapy products for scarring alongside our skin camouflage applications to try and understand how this product partnership could practically work.
Over time these products have improved, and we have evolved our own expert techniques for incorporating their use into our skin camouflage practice. Our aim was to ensure that our patients can still reap the benefits of silicone therapy for their scars without compromising the quality of their skin camouflage effect.
We are now ready to offer advice and practical guidance on the choices available within our scar management programme in conjunction with our prescribed skin camouflage regime. This is part of our clinical practice for all our patients: Military, Rehabilitation, Expert Witness Referrals, International and Clinician or Self-referring patients.
Silicone Gel Therapy - Where a scar has healed but is still in the process of maturing, silicone gel therapy is something you may wish to consider.
Silicone gel therapy has been shown to help soften and flatten raised scars, and reduce redness and discolouration associated with them. Easy to apply and suitable for use by all age groups, silicone gel therapy can be used under the skin camouflage products prescribed for you.
Topical Silicone Dermal Filler - If you have indented or recessed scars or even ‘pock marks’ on your skin (e.g. old acne or chicken pox scars) a topical silicone dermal filler may be suitable for you, whatever your gender or skin tone. This easy to apply non-invasive skin camouflage technique evens out indented scars or recessed areas creating a natural, more even skin texture.
Topical dermal filler can be used on the face or body and once applied is durable and waterproof, withstanding the rigours of a normal day or sporting activity and will stay in place until you wish to remove it (up to 36 hours). Topical dermal fillers are compatible with your prescribed skin camouflage products and cosmetic make-up.
Specialist Scar Massage - You may have been advised by your medical/healthcare practitioner to moisturise and massage your scars after your injury or surgery as it is now well accepted that this helps repair the skin and reduce scarring.
The specific scar massage technique that we advocate is a very gentle but an effective approach to scar management. The technique can be used on scars large or small, anywhere on the face and body and is equally suitable for children. Scar massage also aims to soften and flatten raised areas of scarring which not only improves comfort but can also improve the overall effect of your prescribed skin camouflage creams.
Depending on your particular needs and with guidance from us, you may be able to continue the recommended scar massage techniques yourself.
Vanessa Jane Davies: Skin Camouflage Consultant MEWI, MFHT, LCGI
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