How does facial disfigurement change how people perceive themselves? And how does it change the way other people interact with them? These were two of the questions discussed at this talk, the first of four on identity and change.
The evening began with an extract from the film Saving Faces, introduced by Mark Gilbert. Gilbert is a portrait artist who worked with Iain Hutchinson, an oral and maxillofacial surgery consultant, painting patients who were undergoing facial surgery, before, during, and after their operations.
The film was followed by a discussion with Alex Clarke and James Partridge, who founded the charity Changing Faces after sustaining facial burns in a car fire at the age of 18. Changing Faces aims to support and represent people who have disfigurements of the face or body from any cause. Clarke is a consultant clinical psychologist in the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the