How to Hide/Heal a Facial Scar – Chapter 2

Actually, this isn’t really chapter two, but it is the second blog post on hiding and healing a facial scar. I wrote the first one in August of 2013. You can read the post How Emu Oil and Coconut Oil Hid a Facial Scar. I wrote it a year after the Mohs surgery I had in 2012 and showed the result.

Now comes chapter two. Back in September of 2014 I went under the knife again as I had managed to accumulate two basal cell carcinomas. The first was on the other side of my face, symmetry anyone? The second on my back. As occurred the first time, I had about 15 stitches on my face and a scar extending longer than an inch. You can see it on the illustration below. In the interest of brevity, I am not going to do the scar on my back. This way we are comparing apples to apples.

That was six months ago. As I did before, I applied emu oil and coconut oil to the scar as soon as the bandages came off. Additionally, this year I began wet shaving with a double edge razor rather than the electric I had used for the past decades. I mention that because once I was allowed to shave again (about two weeks after the operation), I found that I nicked myself on the scar several times. That probably didn’t help the healing process much. On the other hand, I would use aloe vera on my face after shaving along with the emu oil and coconut oil. So, perhaps I had extra regenerative work going on.

What is the result? You can see for yourself below. The first photo was taken as soon as the bandages came off, about a week after the surgery.

I had to keep the dressing on for over a week, so this is the first time I could see it after the operation in September 2014.

I had to keep the dressing on for over a week, so this is the first time I could see it after the operation in September 2014.

Below is the second photo which my girlfriend shot this afternoon.

By my reckoning, this is an impressive healing over the course of six months

By my reckoning, this is an impressive healing over the course of six months.

I am very impressed with this healing. Remember, I am not a kid. I turned 75 in January of this year. So, I don’t heal like a youngster.

I would be interested in hearing about any similar experience that you might have had.

Tony

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Filed under hiding a facial scar, Mohs surgery, Skin cancer surgery

4 responses to “How to Hide/Heal a Facial Scar – Chapter 2

  1. I’d call what you’ve accomplished here with that scar “healing” not “hiding”. Well done!

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    • Thanks, Vinny. I must admit I was impressed, too. And, this time it only took six months. Those are some good oils. Actually, since your comment, I have changed the header. I think the idea of hiding a scar might have misleadingly suggested cosmetics when, in fact, no cosmetics are involved. I have been hiding the scars by healing them with very healthy oils.

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  2. I believe it is very helpful to have your personal review with these pictures and progress Tony. Shaving with a blade also helps keep the skin ‘younger’ by exfoliation.
    Continued success to you.

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    • Thanks very much for your comment. As I did not have much experience with skin cancer, surgery or scars, I thought it might be helpful to share with any other ‘first timers’ out there. Glad to hear the blade shaving is healthier. I love the closer shaves vs. electric.

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