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Original Article

Effect of Skin Camouflage Therapy on Conventional Thyroidectomy Scars: A Pilot Study from Singapore

Citation Information : Effect of Skin Camouflage Therapy on Conventional Thyroidectomy Scars: A Pilot Study from Singapore. World J Endoc Surg 2020; 12 (1):5-8.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10002-1289

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 30-10-2020

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Introduction: Conventional thyroidectomy comprises the main bulk of thyroid surgeries despite the ongoing thrust toward minimally invasive approaches. In young patients, the cosmetic impact of a neck scar can affect the quality of life. The role of skin camouflage on thyroidectomy scars has not been evaluated. We evaluated the acceptance and satisfaction of skin camouflage therapy for conventional thyroidectomy. Materials and methods: Over a 6-month period, 20 patients (M:F 2:18) and mean age 35 (24–44) years with conventional thyroidectomy scars underwent three sessions of the skin camouflage therapy by a trained skin camouflage therapist 4 weeks apart. The Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) form was used to evaluate the usefulness of skin camouflage therapy on thyroidectomy scars. An independent reviewer administered the DLQI questionnaire before and after the skin camouflage therapy sessions. Results: No reported side effects were noted in any patient. The overall DLQI scores pre and postapplication of skin camouflage showed improvement (mean 9.65 vs 10.9, respectively, SD 5.18 SE 1.15, p value <0.294) but did not reach statistical significance. Improvements were also noted in daily activities, leisure, work, choice of clothing, and personal relationships. Patients’ self-confidence during interaction with people showed a statistically significant improvement (SD 0.887, SE 0.198, p value <0.012). In all, 75% (n = 15) respondents expressed a strong liking and satisfaction recommending its use for others and continued usage of skin camouflage at 1-year follow-up. Conclusion: Majority of the patients were very satisfied with the cosmetic effect of skin camouflage and showed significant improvement in their self-confidence.

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