Scars can alter your appearance and remind you of a difficult time, potentially diminishing your quality of life, a skin specialist says.
“While some may consider scarring to be a cosmetic concern, it can really affect patients’ psychosocial health,” Dr. Joseph Sobanko said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release.
“Physical appearance plays a major role in how people relate to others, so scarring that alters physical appearance — even if some would characterize it as minor — can have a negative impact on patients’ quality of life,” Sobanko explained. He’s an assistant professor of dermatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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