"Facing Trauma": Restoring hope for violence victims through plastic surgery

mellieb on 19 Feb 2011 at 12:00am

Ready for some stats?

  • One in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Between 600,000 and 6 million women are victims of domestic violence each year.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

Domestic violence can destroy lives - and leave visible, physical scars.

On Sunday February 20,  at 10 PM ET, "Facing Trauma" on Discovery Fit & Health takes a look at lives that have been shattered by physical abuse - and how plastic surgery can help in the healing process.

One of the three featured stories Sunday night focuses on beauty blogger Ilianexy, whose abuse at the hands of her boyfriend left her face, neck and arms badly scarred. She kept her disfigurement a secret as she continued to blog, only showing her "best side" to her readers.

On the program, the RealSelf medical expert Dr. Andrew Jacono, a New York City facial plastic surgeon, helps Ilianexy begin to heal by physically erasing her scars through facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The segment follows her courageous journey as she works to regain her confidence and reclaim her life - with her newly improved visage.

Know someone who can benefit from healing through plastic surgery after domestic abuse? Suggests Dr. James Ridgway, Seattle facial nplastic surgeon, "There are many charitable organizations that dedicate resources to victims of domestic violence. One organization, FACE TO FACE, is dedicated to treating injuries of the face. This is through the humanitarian division of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)."

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