Two women who suffered from facial nerve paralysis following surgical resection of a posterior fossa tumor were instructed by an expert beautician in the application of make-up to correct their facial imbalances. The results of a personality assessment administered before and after instruction showed positive changes including reductions in depression and feelings of inferiority. Postoperative restoration of normal facial appearance and recovery of physiologic function are related and important concerns to patients. It is noteworthy that daily use of simple low-cost make-up techniques can significantly reduce the 'psychological load' of patients with facial paralysis during the recovery period.
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