Referrals to the NHS for skin camouflage are not routinely funded and are subject to the Skin Camouflage Prior Approval Policy .
Alternative services are provided in the community by charitable organisations such as that provided by Changing Faces at local clinics in Bristol and Taunton as well as other centres close to the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) area.
Changing Faces supports people who have any condition or injury that affects their appearance by giving advice on camouflage products. Patients from the BNSSG area can refer themselves to the service for an initial consultation. This is routinely funded by the NHS and does not require an application form, or a GP referral.
Further information, including details of the services offered, clinic locations and how to make an appointment, are available on their website at the link above.
NBT self funded camouflage clinic
Patients can also choose to self-fund appointments and services at The skin camouflage clinic at North Bristol NHS Trust as an alternative to accessing treatment from Changing Faces.
To book a consultation patients can call 0117 4141212.
Skin Camouflage Products and Masking Creams
Patients can buy make-up that's specially designed for covering scars from pharmacies. It can be particularly useful for facial scars.
The skin camouflage service run by the Changing Faces charity (see above) may be able to help advise on appropriate products. Fully trained skin camouflage practitioners will be able to find a good colour match for individual skin tones and teach patients how to apply the make-up. It's waterproof and can stay in place for two or three days.
Please note, however, that these products are not routinely available on the NHS and therefore cannot be prescribed. Camouflage clinics are able to direct patients to obtain these privately if they choose to do so.
Silicone gels or sheets can be used on healing skin (not open wounds) to help soften and flatten a scar. They can also relieve itching and discomfort.
To be effective, silicone gels or sheets should be placed over the scar for 12 hours a day for at least three months. They can be washed and reused.
Changing Faces or a pharmacist may be able to recommend a suitable silicone-based scar treatment for individual patients - again these are not available on NHS prescription.