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Swelling And Bruising After Facial Surgery

Author: Eva S.
Date: 07-30-2013
Views: 22,592
Word Count: 372
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 8765-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 5

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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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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: swelling-/-swollen-/-puffy — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
2.Associated topics: skin-cancer — Frankincense and myrrh showed anticancer effects.Link
3.Associated topics: skin-cancer — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
4.Associated topics: surgery-(Post-operative-recovery) — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
5.Associated topics: surgery-(Post-operative-recovery) — "[T]he influence of essential oils (mainly tea tree, lavender, chamomile, thyme and ocimum [basil] oils) on wound healing and their potential application in clinical practice."Link

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