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How can scarring from a bite impact a person’s life?

On Behalf of | Mar 24, 2022 | Blog, Dog Bites |

After suffering from a dog bite, the physical impact can leave some surprising scars behind. They will often leave literal physical scars on the body, but they can and do leave mental scars, too.

In what way do these injuries truly impact a person’s life? How does the scarring carry on and continue affecting a person in the aftermath of an attack?

Intensive correction for scarring

Biodermis looks into potential treatments for scars from dog bites. Many topical and non-invasive treatments exist for some of the less severe scarrings that victims suffer from, such as discoloration or rough skin. Creams and laser treatments can help lighten dark areas and may even smooth down a rough surface.

But many dog bite victims suffer from scars that have a huge and notable appearance. In these cases, it is often only plastic surgery or other forms of corrective surgery that can help a victim feel like themselves again.

Dealing with insurance

The major issue here lies with the insurance companies. Many of them consider all forms of plastic surgery as cosmetic or elective. They do not cover it, or they only cover a very small portion. When the bill for plastic surgery can often stack up to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the work done, this can seem like an impossibility for many.

However, leaving scars as-is can create a dissonance in the mind of the victim. They may not feel like themselves, and it can lead to anxiety, depression, agoraphobia and more. This is why it is important for dog bite victims to seek compensation if and where possible, to obtain the financial backing they need to get the surgery that could save their mental well-being.