For those affected, it can turn a simple shopping or social trip into an ordeal.
We all know that looks are purely superficial, but we often judge people by their appearance, especially when we first meet them.
One in 150 people in Britain has a facial disfigurement.
I wanted to meet members of the charity for a story and James wanted to see how I would cope first.
To my surprise – and some degree of shame – when he appeared at my front door with his patchwork face, I didn’t know what to do or where to look.
It’s not nice.’ One thing that’s helped Rebecca cope was taking part in a Beauty Inside and Out workshop, which are put on free by Changing Faces for 13 to 16 year old girls.
‘We want to encourage teenage girls with disfigurements to feel confident about being visible, and to enjoy exploring make-up like other teenagers’, says Michelle Bativala, Young People’s Specialist at Changing Faces.As I prepared psychologically for my surgery, I had my emotional ups and downs, but I had no idea what the actual effects would be afterward.My feelings of melancholy and shock led to a complete disinterest in intimacy, which my surgeon only hinted at pre-operatively.As she comes to know him, she learns to look beyond his outward appearance and to fall in love with the true person underneath.When Belle declares her love for the Beast, he is transformed back into the handsome prince he was before a wicked fairy cast a spell on him. The message is clear: inner character is more important than outward appearance, and looking beyond physical ugliness can lead to true happiness in a relationship.My own research in 2012, building on previous research by others, compared the way we react to photographs of people depicted with facial disfigurement.