Your face is one of the more important parts of you. After all, not only do you want to look your best, but others also rely on your face to recognize you immediately. Regrettably, a car accident may forever change the way your face looks.
According to Penn Medicine, car accidents are a leading cause of facial lacerations, particularly for those who do not wear seat belts. Lacerations, of course, may range in severity from superficial cuts to deep gashes. Sadly, facial lacerations may turn into physical and psychological scars.
Your physical scars may come in two different forms. First, you may have indentations where you have lost tissue. Second, you may have raised patches where new skin has formed. Not only can both types of scars be unsightly, but they also may be painful or numb. Furthermore, you can expect your scars to have a different texture than the surrounding skin.
It is not uncommon for car accident survivors to seek cosmetic surgery for facial scarring. Doing so can be tricky, however, as plastic surgery may cause additional scars to form. Even worse, surgeons may have to perform multiple procedures to reconstruct your face.
You may find it nearly impossible to cover up your facial scars. If these scars change the way you look, you may be vulnerable to increased social anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and even body-image issues. Consequently, after addressing your physical wounds, it may be imperative to seek treatment for your mental health.
Ultimately, by pursuing financial compensation for your facial lacerations, you are likely to have the resources you need to obtain top-notch psychological treatment.