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The social ramifications are many for those returning to their community after catastrophic episodes in their lives which have temporarily or permanently altered their appearance. Reentry requires special measures for their readjustment.

What follows is a list of invaluable intervention aids for optimum rehabilitation – Fostering and Supporting those in need of strategies that will help them to lead independent lives and will facilitate their greater adaptation back into society.

  • Social rehabilitation
  • Counseling for anticipated social reentry
  • Intensive therapy
  • Rehabilitation research
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Countermeasures for learned helplessness
  • Pain control
  • Assistance to address and put an end to substance abuse
  • Appearance counseling for physical consequences of disease, wounds or injuries
  • Prosthetic restoration
  • Re-image identification
  • Gait training
  • Positive psychology
  • Life coaching
  • Antidotes to attitudinal problems
  • Relief for depression
  • Spiritual support
  • Sexual counseling
  • Support for other health problems
  • Nutritional considerations and requirements
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Support for family and marital readjustment

References and Resources

Principles of Psycho-Oncology


Operation Positive Transformation


Look Good…Feel Better


Disfigured Help Us Face Up to Disfigurement


Facial Disfigurement


Website for any and all issues related to disfigurement


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Hello Everyone,

A good many providers of therapeutic care who have a long history of working with persons with disabilities, recognize the promise of what aesthetic treatments offer. They see how beauty as art can be used as a form of liberating self-expression.   They believe that aesthetics can provide a means by which persons with physical limitations can move beyond themselves.   The idea that the study of aesthetic elements can be both enriching and beneficial is an important realization for treatment providers of such services.

Aesthetic approaches help to stimulate creative potential in people.   It is a way to change the perception of persons who because of a medical condition or a traumatic accident are labeled as people to be pitied. In this manner aesthetic approaches are of primary importance as a form of self-directed artistic therapy. 

Aesthetics provide numerous venues in which a person with a disability can make their outer presentation an act of creation that is extremely attractive to others and better yet, emotionally fulfilling.  Thus aesthetics in this sense becomes a catalyst for better awareness of one’s unique talents and artistic abilities. 

When a person who is challenged with a disability appears stylishly groomed and highly confident in public, observers are more likely to identify them by their strengths and not by their weaknesses.   Looking well put together prevents strangers from perceiving them as just persons with physical limitations.  In truth, it makes them much more appreciated for their efforts to make the most of themselves regardless of their restrictions.

If properly thought out and structured, providers of aesthetic care services can successfully transfer their skills to individuals with disabilities.  In doing so, they can give them a blueprint to help break down the barriers between themselves and their outside worlds.  What they learn about image development can assist them in gaining new confidence and by placing them more in the mainstream so they feel less like outsiders. When a person with a disability looks and feels more like everyone else they have a better potential for more pleasing socializing experiences.    

Copyright©2010 All right reserved – Victoria L. Rayner

More Commentary on the Subject


 Shaping Up to Look Good



Fashion for Disabled People – Nellie Thorton


Greater Needs – Adaptive Clothing for Seniors  / Multiple Sclerosis




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Hello There,

Some aestheticians carve out careers for themselves based on their problem solving skills.   In the field we refer to these unique care giving providers as aesthetic solution experts.  Most are self-appointed because of their intense interest in helping persons with serious issues find their way through barriers that prevent this special population from appearing to look normal. 

They are generally put to work on cases where there has previously been no hope for resolution, unique situations where they are called in to search for and present to patients several different aesthetic solutions.   What makes these aesthetic problem solvers special is that they foster independence.   Although, they provide their problem solving skills in a variety of ways, they keep their aesthetic applications simple so as not to confuse the patient who must be able to duplicate the process on their own. 

Unlike other beauty experts, aesthetic problem solvers enjoy being challenged with dilemmas and obstacles that would terrify most technicians if they were asked to resolve them. Instead, they seek them out.  What makes them so valuable to physician practice settings and medical spas is their knack for identifying potential vulnerabilities in treatment approaches before they even offer them to patients, thus, preventing them from losing hope.  Once a method of aesthetic repair is decided upon, their role changes into a process manager whose responsibility it is to ensure that the proposed aesthetic therapy runs as smoothly as possible and that the patient does not become entangled in all the performance details. 

There are different levels of aesthetic problem solvers. Their superiority status depends on their ability to navigate around unforeseen circumstances and still carry out their patient’s objectives.  They have the know-how and experience to handle these problems which arise when the patient is learning how to imitate their efforts and something goes horribly wrong.  To investigate what to do and how to get the patient to do it, they immediately begin to ask a series of questions.  This keeps the patient involved in recognizing potential solutions without experiencing feelings of inferiority or even temporary defeat.  This is just one of the examples of the specialized tasks that these trouble shooters do.

Competition for the most attractive working conditions is tough because salaries are among the highest in the field.  Aesthetic problem solving experts are expected to have advanced education in areas related to the resolution of appearance dilemmas.  A common requirement might be a college course in theatrical makeup applications, camouflage therapy, several psychology programs or, advanced studies in life coaching.  Certain prerequisites are always expected such as: strong interpersonal skills, the ability to assign tasks and special knowledge associated with their role in clinical workplaces.  Beyond these qualifications, requirements vary depending on the medical specialty and the compulsory insights required.  Experience with many different patient types is always preferred since practice proficiency associated with aesthetic troubleshooting is gained through the observation of specific challenges and the numerous opportunities to work out a number of unsatisfactory outcomes.    

Copyright©2010 All right reserved – Victoria L. Rayner

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In his book “Flying Without Wings,”  a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles, Arnold R. Beisser offers his readers an intimate, and, first hand reflection on the beauty of those who are compassionate to persons with disabilities, he comments: Einstein transformed our knowledge of the physical properties of objects: that they do not stand alone and their form depends on relationships in time and space. Humans are even more dependent on their relationships with one another. But most of us suffer from what Einstein calls an “optical delusion,” in which we believe we are separate. This keeps us from the “compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

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