Facial appearance is very important for personal identity, and some patients suffer long-term stress as a result of disfigurement caused by facial nerve paralysis and wounds. The psychological aspect of the disease has important implications for the optimal management of patients. In such cases, while aggressive rehabilitation including cosmetic surgery may be useful, cosmetics are also effective for covering visible signs of the disease. A patient who had undergone an operation for a sinonasal tumor was instructed by an expert beautician in the application of make up to correct her facial imbalance and wounds. The 60-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ60) and the European quality of life 5 dimensions (EQ-5D) VAS were administered before the first application and one month afterwards. The GHQ60 and EQ-5D VAS scores improved after the make up instruction. We suggest that corrective make up training is an effective measure for reducing the psychological load of patients with head and neck tumors.
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