Scars affect feelings

Scars are not just signs of physical injury. Particularly unsightly scars can have a serious effect on emotional well-being. Scars on the face, neck or other clearly visible places may cause feelings of unattractiveness or shame and lower self-esteem. Scars can start to restrict daily life and damage confidence.

A whirl of emotions can develop around a scar:

  • Insecurity when the scar is visible to others
  • Fear that a fresh scar could become infected
  • Anger about the cause of the scar
  • Worry about the loss of beauty
  • Pain both physical and emotional
  • Feelings of guilt about having allowed the injury to happen
  • Disgust when seeing or touching the scar
  • Sadness about the limits the scar places on everyday life

Many studies have confirmed that scars have a strong psychological impact. Interviews with 1,480 people in Germany, Russia, Mexico and the USA show that emotions and behaviours caused by scars are very similar all around the world.*

Scars tend to be more of a problem for women than for men. On men, they can even seem manly and attractive. Women with scars often feel a loss of attractiveness and femininity.

The less visible a scar is, the easier it is to live with. For best possible results, start treatment with Mederma® as soon as the wound is closed or the stitches are removed.

That way your scar can be so discreet you will hardly notice it – and neither will anyone else.

* Omnibus Scars, August 2008