• How do you cope with body image issues when you have scars or moles removed from your face?

    Asked by Sunnysideup on Friday, May 10, 2013

    How do you cope with body image issues when you have scars or moles removed from your face?

    I have had two spots taken off my neck and one off the side of my face. I can't stand how it has made me look. But I guess I should just be happy to still be here.

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hi Sunny! JUST WAIT! Your body, including your face, will change through the years--the important thing is to be here! As they say, old age is not for sissies! Wait until you get wrinkles and all of the other baggage that comes with old(er) age! And you're just 40? I would think you could go to a department store make up counter and ask for some help disguising/covering the moles to make you more comfortable...Meanwhile, you're right--you are HERE!

      When I was still teaching, one day a young student (2nd grade) told me, "Oh Mrs. XXXXX! You have old lady hands!" I laughed and thought to myself, "And I have old lady thighs, and old lady butt..."

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Do you have Melanoma?

      over 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I had a bf that felt disfigured after getting a cancerous growth removed from his cheek. The scar was large and noticeable. But, after a year ypu couldn't tell anymore. Perhaps all you need to do is wait. Do put a lot of sunscreen on, as that will help with healing of your scars.

      If the issue is bigger than that, see if your medical plan will cover dermatology and/or plastic surgeon intervention. I know for sure, if you get a medical note, you'd be able to put pre-tax money away for plastic surgery for those issues. There are fillers, fat transfers, scar correction surgeries. In short, you shouldn't have to walk around feeling deformed.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      If this is affecting you life in a negative way, try and get it fixed. Consult with a couple of plastic surgeons (hopefully with cancer patient experience) and see what they say. It may be that waiting is the best way to deal with this, but it may be that there is another solution. Whatever the case, in the meantime use sunscreen, use vitamin E oil (pure if possible) over the scars and since you are a lady, don't be afraid to use makeup if that helps. I remember a model that was slashed by her boyfriend and ended up with a terrible scar which she covers quite nicely with make up so it is possible.

      Yes, you should be happy to be alive, but you also have to enjoy that life so do what you can to reach that goal.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      When you have burning of the moles done as stated earlier you should not have long term permanent issues. This is a simple procedure typically not done for Melanoma but perhaps for basel cell carcinoma which as we know is not a serious health concern.

      over 5 years ago

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