There are a number of different ways to cover up changes. Your healthcare team may be able to:
- Advise you about clothing and accessories, for example, using a scarf to cover up hair loss
- Ensure you use the most relevant and discreet product, for example, a speaking valve, after surgery to remove the voice box (larynx)
- Refer you to Changing Faces for advice about camouflage make-up
- Refer you for a replacement part (prosthesis), for example, a breast prosthesis.
Many of us cover up parts of our body that we are less comfortable with. It can be useful to camouflage a change but some people may become focused on hiding it. This can make them anxious and may lead them to avoid situations as they're frightened that other people will find out about the change. For example, someone with weight and muscle loss may not go swimming for fear of it being seen.
Sometimes attempting to hide a change can draw more attention to it. For example, wearing a high neck jumper to cover scarring in the summer can draw attention, whereas a silk scarf would be less obvious.
Another approach is to enhance other areas of your body as this can draw attention away from an area of concern. For example, wearing lipstick or blusher may detract from the loss of eyelashes.
Some hospitals and support groups run programmes such as Look Good...Feel Better, an organisation which gives women expert advice on make-up and skin care. Ask your specialist nurse what services like this are available locally. Many people find it useful to have a range of ways to help adapt to changes.
You may want to take a few minutes to jot down how you might cover up any changes you may have. Think about how this is useful and what else might help.