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"My scar stands for my ability to heal emotionally and physically."
-- Katy McLaughlin, 28
"When I was 18, I was in a car accident with my boyfriend. Our car slid off the road and hit a tree, and my right cheek hit the windshield. When I went back to school after recovering, everyone was staring at my injury. Eventually, as the wound healed and the scar lightened, I grew fond of it because it proves I'm a survivor. I even had the option of getting laser surgery to remove it, but I chose not to. The scar is part of me, and it opens the door for my story to be shared."
Celebrate It! Massaging a healed scar a few minutes each day has been shown to flatten its fibers, so the scar looks and feels smoother, says Jessica Wu, MD, a dermatologist in Los Angeles.
Style Secret: A big piece of jewelry makes a statement. If the scar is on your cheek, big, fun earrings frame it, saying, "Look at how tough I am!"