Vanessa Jane Davies shares her five top tips for combining scar management and skin camouflaging techniques at home.
Scarring allows the body to rapidly repair following an injury. Given that scar tissue achieves a maximum of 80% of the strength of unwounded skin and scar tissue does not have the texture of healthy skin… It is especially important to practice good wound management to allow the scars to become flattened, less red, and more closely matched to the surrounding tissue. This is when the application of skin camouflage can be optimised.
Crave magazine has featured Vanessa’s top tips of how to manage scar management and skin camouflage at the same time. Read Skin Camouflage for skin confidence.
Vanessa explains that for areas of scarring that are exposed to the sun, e.g. face and hands, that Kelo-Cote UV Gel which contains an SPF30 sunscreen is particularly useful and for hard-to-reach areas, joints, hairy areas, skin creases and larger wounds such as those caused by burns and trauma silicone sprays are very worthwhile.
The recommendation to keep your scars out of the sun, which can cause pigmentation issues, including melanoma cannot be stressed enough
For the last 5 years Vanessa has been in the fortunate position to work with silicone gels alongside skin camouflage and has developed a technique to further reduce scar height with the camouflage pigments and silicone to create a flattened appearance. This development of this application is unique to Skin Camouflage Services and has taken the traditional base layer of silicone application with skin camouflage to the next aesthetic level.
Vanessa was delighted to have been asked by the Vitiligo Association of Australia to speak at this year’s Skin Camouflage Workshop on Saturday 1 August 2020.
The VAA which began in 2010 operates across 5 Australian states and has over 500 members and is an important voice for those living with vitiligo. Having initiated a research project on camouflage products the VAA aims to develop international collaboration in areas of Vitiligo education, research and services. Members have the added advantage of benefiting from international links, information resources through the World Alliance of Vitiligo Support (WAVS) as well as charity events from fun runs to charity dinners.
Vanessa talked about the importance of having access to Skin Camouflage guidance and support for each and every individual and how her clinical practices in the UK have become her platform of expertise. Kryolan, Veil and Vitiglow show cased their product ranges with great enthusiasm and helpful information, fellow practitioners contributed their skin camouflage experiences and VAA members joined the informal Q & A session.
Skin Camouflage Workshop 2:
Here are a few highlights from Skin Camouflage Workshop 2:
A wonderful event packed with information and support… sprinkled with plenty of discussion along the way, it was great to see everyone, Thank you.
The beauty industry is unregulated in the UK. This means that whilst there are very many well trained and conscientious beauty therapists out there, technically anyone can work in the beauty industry, open their own salon with little or no qualifications and without proper insurance.
As the variety and complexity of products, equipment, and beauty treatment increases, so does the potential for things to go wrong, especially if the therapist is inexperienced or under qualified. When things go wrong clients can be left with distressing allergic reactions, burns, altered skin pigmentation or scarring. Not surprisingly many are calling for beauty industry to be regulated. When things do go wrong, it can often be difficult for those effected to seek compensation.
Ever the campaigner for good training, accountability and CPD, and as an experienced Expert Witness in her field, Vanessa recently came across a book called ‘An Introduction to Beauty Negligence Claims’ via the Association of Personal Injury APIL. Before devoting herself wholly to para-medical skin camouflage some twenty plus years ago, Vanessa was as a qualified Beauty Therapist with two well-respected, successful salons. In her role as Expert Witness she has been called upon to give her opinion to the Court when a beauty treatment has gone wrong and advise how skin camouflage can help. With this in mind, she found the book to be of particular interest.
Written by Greg Almond, Senior Associate at Rotheras Solicitors, the book provides a practical guide for personal injury solicitors to help navigate their clients through potential beauty and cosmetic negligence claims.
The first part of the guide describes the most and least common beauty treatments offered and how they should be performed, i.e. by a qualified and competent practitioner. It goes on to provide guidance on how the particulars of a case should be presented to ensure a justified claim and successful claim.
The second part discusses practicalities including the measures the practitioners should be taking to safeguard their clients: pre-treatment questionnaires, patch testing, risk assessments, the provision of proper information to clients and insurance.
In addition, there is a helpful resources section which provides guidance to the solicitor in ensuring they have access to the appropriate professionals to provide an experienced, impartial Expert Opinion.
We are delighted to say, without bias that Vanessa is included by way of reference in this book. This is truly a testament to her decades of experience both as a Skin Camouflage Consultant and as an Expert Witness.
Reference: An Introduction to Beauty Negligence Claims. A Practical Guide For The Personal Injury Practitioner. Law Brief Publishing. Paperback: 978-1-911035-89-3
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