It’s estimated that more than half a million people have a significant facial disfigurement, according to the charity Changing Faces.
Whether it’s a birthmark, congenital condition, or a disfigurement caused by injury or disease, you can be treated by the NHS after a referral from your GP.
While medical treatment can help to make a disfigurement less noticeable, the treatment’s success depends on the nature of the condition, and it’s rarely possible to remove it completely.
Psychologists warn that if you believe surgery will solve everything, you are likely to avoid ever accepting yourself fully, and this will affect your emotional wellbeing.
Saving Faces: The Facial Surgery Research Foundation is dedicated to improving research into the treatment of all forms of facial disfigurement.
The surgeons and researchers throughout the country collaborating to work out which treatments offer the best results.
“The surgery is irreversible, whereas the effects of a drug wear off” . “There’s been no randomised study to compare the efficacy of different types of facial surgery.
“The type of treatment offered depends on the individual surgeon. Our research aims to identify what works best.”