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Face Off, Face On


Some individuals can bear a literal loss of face, usually heroic individuals, with valiantly acquired injuries that are mighty testaments to survival. Symbolic interaction theory tells us that people form identity and self-esteem through interpreting how others behave towards them, so in matters of war and valour, the context may help some people better accept their disfigurement.

Face transplants have catapulted reconstruction to a different era. The calibre of person required for a successful outcome to a face transplant is someone who has been through Hell but still has the forbearance to weigh up the benefits for themselves and decide if it’s a risk worth taking for a life worth living?

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