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Topic Title: Facial Scars
Created On: 03/29/2009 05:21 PM
 
 11/24/2013 06:13 PM

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Cher777

<p>Yes, we can be influenced by other people's words and/or perceptions. Still, sometimes people fail to think before they speak. </p>
<p>Case in point? I was at the supermarket the other day in the checkout line, and the woman ringing up my groceries had her hand in a sling yet was working at record speed. I was just about to praise her on her hastiness given her injury, but then I noticed her arm was scarred and deformed (I assumed at first that it was broken). </p>
<p>In sum? Thank goodness I didn't say anything! However, if I had, my words truly would have been coming from an innocent place. </p>
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 04/26/2013 12:03 PM

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marie33

I completely agree; we are the only ones who define our worth. I must admit, nonetheless, that facial scars seem to be different than other scars, at least at some level.

For instance, we receive numerous messages on a daily basis that our faces must look pleasing. And, some of us spend a lot of money trying to live up to that ideal. Naturally, underneath it all, the ideal is superficial, but still we sign on to the mentality.

My thoughts? Address the scars if they bother you, and leave them alone if they do not. Whatever the sitution, it is the integrity of your character and not the appearance of your face that defines who you are.
 10/31/2011 03:16 PM

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Cher777

I only have a couple of minor scars on my face that are barely noticeable, so maybe I do not understand the situation as well as someone with more significant facial scarring. Even so, I have a long, visible scar on my chest, and another long scar on my back. [br][br]Yes, I do understand that these scars are more easily covered than facial scars. Still, we must not let other people define our worth. In truth, only we can define our worth, and scars have little to do with how worthy we are.
 01/18/2011 01:23 PM

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autumn

I don't really see the point of having scars. It's painful both mentally and emotionally, and it degrades our confidence. What if there are no scars, and everybody can be happy? Sometimes I get jealous with the other girls who are not prone to scarring. I mean like, why can't everyone be as invincible as that? Ever since I was born, my skin was already prone to scars and keloids. It has been so ridiculous growing up like this when the other girls in school can cut their knee without acquiring those awful scars. Struggling with scars is a huge challenge for people like us in here. I know everything happens for a reason. Hope that reason would be reasonable enough.
 11/03/2009 01:57 PM

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spark

I too have suffered the childhood trauma that accompanies having a facial scar.  Ok, trauma may be an exaggeration, but it definitely is hard being a kid with a rather noticeable scar on your face.
I've never gotten any sort of treatment or extra surgical care for my scar because .. well, it was never really a feasable option for me.  Knowing that there was no way my family could afford it, my parents have relentlessly pointed out that the scar detracts from my "beauty".  I felt that it was kind of mean of them.  They kept suggesting that I should have cosmetic surgery to get rid of my scar because it "doesn't look good", but never offered any sort of real solution for it.  All they really did was draw negative attention to it; especially since its a facial scar, i never really saw it and eventually would forget about it until they brought it up. 
anyways, all venting aside, it's true that having scars drastically affects the way we perceive or conecptualize beauty.  Those who have experience with scars know that beauty isn't always skin deep whereas those who have never experienced what scarring can do only seem to place value in it.  that's my take on it anyway, i could be wrong..
 03/29/2009 05:21 PM

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spbcesr

I have a scar above my lip from being born with a cleft. I was teased a lot as a kid and so never had self-esteem regarding my looks. Even now as an adult I look in the mirror and wonder if I could have some more surgery to make it look better. Beauty is put on such a pedestal that people seem to value it over character and achievement. I am actress and although it doesn't stop me getting parts I am amazed how many call for background extras whose faces are hardly going to be seen often includes references to how good looking and attractive they must be.

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