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Psychological Effects of Having Scars

Scars or blemishes on the skin impact a person’s body image, self-confidence and sense of self in more ways than one. Because a scar can be one of the first things people notice about others, especially when it’s on the face, those who live with this skin condition may develop a negative self-perception.

According to a study from experts at the University of Maryland, the psychological effects of having scars is more than just vanity over a person’s appearance. People who acquire scars — either due to an accident, surgery or acne — may experience a sense of loss of identity and feel their social status change because of how other people view them. Those with congenital scars, on the other hand, develop low self-esteem and a lack of social development as they grow older. 

Struggles of Living with Scars

According to research published in the journal BMJ, the psychological effects of scars do not directly relate to how deep and severe it is. Regardless of the condition, a skin abnormality or a blemish can be psychologically distressing and disabling, as well as socially disfiguring, because it may bring:

  • Severe itching on the skin that causes discomfort and irritability
  • Tenderness and pain on the skin that prevents a person to function normally
  • Sleep disturbance due to the itching, pain or tenderness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stigmatization
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Diminished quality of life 

For some patients, the psychological issues of having scars may sometimes outweigh the physical struggles, even for the smallest blemishes. These marks on the skin, no matter how big or small, will always be a reminder of a traumatic event that can trigger depressing episodes in the individual.

In order to help patients overcome these psychological effects, Dr. Zaydon, our scars plastic surgeon in Miami has made it his personal mission to help patients improve their quality of life by using his expertise and years of plastic surgery experience.

Treating and Preventing Scars

According to the Archives of Dermatological Research, some of the recommended treatments for scars include topical medication that has ingredients like imiquimod, mitomycin C, vitamin E and D, plant extracts, Aloe vera, and green tea extracts. For mature scars or fibrotic scars, steroid or silicone injections might work better as well as revision surgery to correct the skin blemish or condition. 

Getting plastic surgery for scars in Miami 

Some scars can not be removed completely even with the latest technology available, especially for deep-seated types. However, its appearance may be improved significantly with continuous and recurring treatment or management shortly after the wounds have healed. If you are near the area, Dr. Zaydon’s clinic offers possibly the best plastic surgery for scars in Miami using the latest approach and technology available.

Psychologists say that proactively treating the scars, even if its results progress slowly, may actually help boost self-esteem. Our doctor will have to evaluate the best treatment possible as the wrong management or approach could lead to larger scars.

Learn More About Dr. Zaydon – Scars Plastic Surgeon, Miami

Dr. Zaydon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zaydon serves as an expert witness on liability cases around the country. He has reviewed many cases and has served as an expert witness for both plaintiff and defendant.

Dr. Zaydon offers several ways to remove a scar so your options are not limited. For inquiries, Contact Us.


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