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Mohs surgery

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Joined: Mar 2009

Hi, I had mohs surgery 3 days ago and am so worried about the scare. it is about 1 1/2 inch long and runs down under my eye. I had stage 2 bcc skin cancer, I have been very depressed since I have been given this diagnosis, any help from anyone would be grateful. Judy

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Joined: Dec 2007

Judy, I had scc skin cancer and some muscle beneath it removed from just below my right eye. This left me with a 1 inch scar. The product that really helped fade it was called Mederma. It took time, perhaps a couple months to really work but it was worth it. It was just an over the counter medication from a CVS type of pharmacy. Best of luck. Dave

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Joined: Apr 2009

I had MOHS surgery in June 2008. Went in thinking it was going to be quite simple - just a basal cell close to my upper lip. The surgeon mentioned that I had the type that tended to spread under the skin. That should have been my first warning. After going in three times, the cancer was gone, but also a large part of my face, muscle, etc. The surgeon was upset and said he couldn't repair the defect. I needed plastics or reconstructive surgery. I thank God that an absolutely wonderful reconstructive surgeon was available and took me to surgery
immediately. I had a nasolabial flap and, believe me, it looked very frightening at first. The incision extended from the top of my nose to my chin and the lip was pulled to that side. He assured me this would improve with time and it has. I was told that it would take at least six months. That was about right. My lip is practically back in shape and hardly noticeable. The only area of obvious scarring is the area of the cancer - nose to corner of lip. It helps that I already have a crease in that area. The only thing that is bothersome now is that the area is numb and that will not improve. Scars will fade with time. I didn't use any of the special products on the market. My reconstructive surgeon recommended massaging with Vit E and I did that. I still do when the area feels especially "tight". I have found that using a dab of Dermablend helps cover the scars. I am on a mission now to encourage everyone to use sunscreen - especially young people. Being tan just isn't worth it! I surely tried when I was a teen and paid the price 40 years later. Sorry to go on so long - just know that this will take some time, but it will get better.

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