The UK has a very long history of supporting people with facial disfigurements and being a leader in innovation for treatments. From the surgeons working in England during WWI who pioneered the first real plastic surgery techniques, to the Guinea Pig Club in WWII that innovated many of the modern techniques for treating burns, to the National Health Service being one of the largest single funders of research into new and novel techniques. Even with this remarkable set of accolades, the UK still has a long way to go in providing adequate support for people with facial disfigurements.
I am facially disfigured. The left side of my face and neck is empurpled and engorged by "veins gone wild" in the form of a congenital venous malformation. My appearance has been further distorted by multiple surgeries and radiation therapy.
Back to Healthy body. Learning how to be confident and handle people's reactions can help people with disfigurements get more out of social interactions. Using positive body language and having a set of responses ready to use if people stare at you can be helpful.
Disfigurement is the state of having one's appearance deeply and persistently harmed medically, such as from a disease, birth defector wound. General societal attitudes towards disfigurement have varied greatly across cultures and over time, with cultures possessing strong social stigma against it often causing psychological distress to disfigured individuals. Alternatively, many societies have regarded some forms of disfigurement in a medical, scientific context where someone having ill will against the disfigured is viewed as anathema.
Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The concern of this article is with the impact of facial disfigurement on social interaction during brief encounters, the ramifications of which have the potetial for psychological and social destruction. Largely ignored by those interested in the social and psychological problems and rehabilitation of the functionally impaired, such as the blind, the deaf, the amputee, the intent here is to point up the major problems associated with facial disfigurement and to explore some of the ways of dealing with them.
At first, you may have just found the attentive locals interesting. But soon you developed an unnerved feeling in your stomach. After a while, you may have become numb to the probing stares.
In the traditional story, Belle is taken captive by the Beast in his castle. As she comes to know him, she learns to look beyond his outward appearance and to fall in love with the true person underneath. When Belle declares her love for the Beast, he is transformed back into the handsome prince he was before a wicked fairy cast a spell on him.
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There are a vast number of variables that influence recovery and rehabilitation from acquired facial trauma many of which are psychological in nature. The present paper presents the various psychological issues one comes across in facial trauma patients. These may range from body image issues to post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms accompanied by anxiety and depression. Issues related to facial and body image affecting social life and general quality of life are vital and the plastic surgeon should be aware of such issues and competent to deal with them in patients and families.