The effective use of cinemagraphic remedial make up to conceal disfiguring scars

Miss Andrea Mc Kittrick1, Mrs Amber Jones1, Ms Sue Laracy1, Emeritus Professor Jenny Strong1, Dr Andre Bauer2

1Department of Occuaptional Therapy, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston , Australia, 2Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston, Australia



Disfiguring burn scars are a constant reminder to patients that an accident has occurred and their lives are changed forever. In today’s society social media has become a platform for communication that puts pressure users to conform or blend into popular culture. Readily shared techniques that enable individuals to filter and manipulate their public image have resulted in increasing pressure to fit in to the perfect physical image.

While the use of camouflage corrective make-up is not a new technique to cover burn scars, advances in the field of cinemagraphic makeup provide remedial techniques to disguise and hide skin conditions including scarring and pigmentation.  As occupational therapists we discuss the use of camouflage makeup however remedial makeup application techniques are beyond our scope of practice. The aim of this project was to create an educational video for patients.


This project was a single cohort design through partnering with professionals from the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Make Up. Recruitment of patients with severe burns to their face or hands to volunteer in this project was completed via the RBWH Burns Occupational Therapy outpatient clinic and the RBWH Burns Specialised Outpatient Clinic. Ethical approval was attained: HREC/18/QRBW/248



A total of 7 participants were recruited to this project. Three participants were filmed in the video and 5 evaluated the online module created using pre- and post-satisfaction surveys.


The thematic analysis of findings of the pre -and post- satisfaction surveys will be presented.


An excerpt of the final product and the process undertaken to complete this project will be presented.

Conflicts of Interest:

Funding was received via the CAHRLI Metro North Health Service- Innovation Challenge 2017- 2018 in a 3M thesis style challenge.


Andrea is the Advanced Specialist Occupational Therapist in Severe Burn Injuries at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2004.  She a Masters in Hand Therapy via University of Derby, United Kingdom in 2015. Andrea is currently enrolled in a PhD through The University of Queensland. She is the current chair of the ANZBA Allied Health committee, and is a casual academic at The University of Queensland and a session lecturer at Australian Catholic University.  Her special interests include hand burn injuries, critical care polyneuropathy and long term outcomes post burn injury.

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