Shingles scarring on face

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johnagha
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by johnagha on Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:16 am

Shingles scarring on face

Please could you kindly advise me on what I can do about the scarring on my face after a bout of shingles

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Vanessa Jane Davies
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by Vanessa Jane Davies on Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:07 pm

Re: Shingles scarring on face

Dear John,

I am so sorry to read you have had a bout of shingles which has left scarring on your face. Shingles can be very painful and unsightly before and during, the eruption of the blisters. Usually, the crusting rash which follows the blisters will decline over a period of weeks. You have not said how long it is since you had shingles, I am hoping that your skin is still recovering. More often than not the 'angry' red skin will calm down in time to leave an irregular pale, or pigmented area, if any mark at all. However if you have had an attack some time ago and still have discolouration on your face which is distressing you, it would be well worth chatting with your GP. A referral to a dermatologist may be of help and it is certainly worthwhile considering skin camouflage as an option providing the shingles is no longer active. Skin camouflage is the skilled application of highly pigmented creams and liquids to areas of skin discolouration or scaring to even out skin tones and improve the aesthetic appearance of a person’s skin, whatever their gender or ethnicity. Only very small quantities of the pigments are required, it is not make up. Skin camouflage could be of great help while you skin tone is still improving or if there is a residual colour difference.

Take a look at NHS appointments via Changing Faces or you can access private appointments across the country. During the appointment you will be assessed, colour matched and taught how to apply the skin camouflage yourself at home will support and advice.

I hope this is of help, please let me know if you need any further information.

Vanessa Jane Davies MEWI LCGI
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Mr Ioannis Goutos
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by Mr Ioannis Goutos on Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:17 am

Re: Shingles scarring on face

Dear John,
Scar management is a rapidly growing field and options for scar management include: injectable treatments, lasers, needling techniques as well as surgery. The optimal avenue ahead very much depends on what type of scarring you have, its maturity as well as your priorities for management.
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Mr Ioannis Goutos
FRCSEd(Plast), MSc Burn Care

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Dr Andrew Thompson
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by Dr Andrew Thompson on Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:31 pm

Re: Shingles scarring on face

Dear John, There have been some good advice on physical management options provided by the other experts. However, it is not unusual for people living with a visible condition to on occasion find it effects their mood (although this is of course not always the case). Forgive me if this isn't the case for yourself. However, if you are finding that the scarring is impacting on your mood and confidence you can as well as seeking out assessment for a physical or camouflage intervention also go to see your GP for advice on management of this aspect of having a visble condition. A whole array of tried and tested talking treatments can be offered from specialist NHS psychological practitioners, and your GP would be able to refer you. There is also peer support and self-help information available on the Changing Faces website and further self-help guidance on The British Association of Dermatologist's website (skinsupport.org.uk), Kind regards,
Dr Andrew Thompson
Registered Clinical and Registered Health Psychologist - DClinPsy., C.Psychol., AFBPsS., DipCAT., FHEA., BA(Hons)

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