Swelling And Bruising After Facial Surgery
Author: Eva S.
Word Count: 372
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Testimonial ID: 8765-OR
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Yesterday was an "interesting" day, and I'm glad it's behind me. I kept telling myself that the Medical Officer of Health's procedure for removal of a recurring skin cancer was "just" a procedure. In truth, it is called a surgical procedure; and by last evening I decided that I could let myself recuperate from "surgery."
The procedure, in case you're not familiar with it, involves removing skin from the suspicious area, one thin layer at a time. Layer two did the trick for me; the microscopic evaluation after that excision came back as all clear. Then they had to close up the wound, and that took some time.
There are interior stitches that will dissolve on their own over the next 6-8 weeks (I think that was the time frame); but I have to go back next week to have the exterior stitches removed. They cautioned me to expect quite a bit of swelling because any facial wounds tend to do that.
I started applying Lavender essential oil all around the dressing as soon as I got to the car because Lavender is is good for minimizing swelling and bruising. I applied it about four times before I got home. Hopefully, that will help keep the swelling down -- it worked for our grandson Joe and his bumped head last Thanksgiving! So far, the swelling has been rather minimal from what they had led me to believe.
I was pretty uncomfortable a good part of the afternoon yesterday and put many applications of various oils around the dressing (which doesn't get removed till about noon today). I continued to apply Lavender for the swelling; and I added Peppermint, PanAway, and Copaiba in a layered effect as well. I slept well last night.
I think my biggest discomfort this morning is from the bandage/tape. My upper lip is still a bit swollen, but I can't tell if the other discomfort is from swelling or from the bandage. I am continuing with the Lavender and Peppermint applications. I added Frankincense this morning - just because? I expect to add a few more oils - Helichrysum, for one -- once the stitches are exposed to facilitate healing.
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