Psychological impact of scars

Katlein França, Anna Chacon, Jennifer Ledon, Jessica Savas, Keyvan Nouri

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The management of scars is a challenge for professionals since these lesions can greatly impact quality of life. Although scars rarely pose a health risk, patients constantly present not only with physical discomfort, but also aesthetic, social and psychological distress. The psychological management of patients with burn scars is extremely important and has been well described in the literature. Patients may experience post-traumatic stress disorder due the traumatic nature of the burn accident. These lesions are cosmetically disfiguring and may even lead to depression, anxiety and problems with social interaction. Scars can have long-lasting physical and psychosocial effects, even if remedial and cosmetic treatment is sought. Several authors have identified acne scars as an important contributor to low self-esteem, especially within the adolescent age group. Fearing a negative response from other persons may cause timidity, reclusion, and in extreme cases, social phobia. Psychological support and the establishment of a good doctor-patient relationship are essential for better comprehensive care of these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScars and Scarring
Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Types and Treatment Options
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781628080056
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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