Changing body image

Skin cancer treatments, such as surgery and skin flaps or grafts, often leave noticeable scars. In most cases, your doctor will do everything possible to make the scars less noticeable. Scars fade with time. Various cosmetics are available to help conceal scars if you are concerned about their appearance. Your hairstyle or clothing might also cover scarring.

Give yourself time to adapt to any changes. Try to see yourself as a whole person (body, mind and personality) instead of focusing on the parts that have changed. Many people find it helps to talk things through with a counsellor, friend or family member.

Look Good Feel Better is a national program that helps men, women and teenagers manage the appearance-related effects of cancer treatment. For information about services in your area, you can visit their website

This information was last reviewed in January 2017
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