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What a Difference a Day Makes!

On Wednesday, I had Mohs surgery to remove a nasty basal cell carcinoma from underneath the right temple area on my forehead.

Over the last few years, I had had several basal cell’s removed from this area – all with “clean edges”, etc. But, they kept coming back. When I had the last one removed earlier this summer, my dermatologist suggested that there might be something more serious going on – worthy of Mohs surgery.

I expected this might take an hour or two – but, instead, it took all day on Wednesday to finally get a clean removal of the basal cell tumor that had been living underneath a roughly 2×2 inch section of my right temple area.

After the tumor’s removal, I got a half “face lift” as the skin on my right cheek was pulled up and stitched to cover the wound. Fortunately (!), my puffy cheeks had plenty to give – and stretched just enough to cover it.

My doc, Dr. Jon Starr, was superb and did an amazing job with a “difficult patient” (me!).

Here’s a photo of me at home after the surgery! The most frustrating part (other than the PAIN!) was trying to figure out how to wear my glasses (I’m blind without them!). Thus, the headband!

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After the surgery, Wednesday evening and Thursday were rough days due to the pain from all of that surgery and skin stretching.

Last night, I got some good sleep and today was a much better day. The big dressing got removed this morning and, in this evening’s shot, you can see my slimmer right side as it stretches to cover. So far, it’s stretching to cover very well!

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I’ve got a visit next week and another the following week to get the stitches removed. Meanwhile, the pain is essentially (finally!) gone away. I am really looking forward to taking a hot shower in the morning and washing my hair! I’m also hoping that 2010 is a much better year for my health issues!

One reply on “What a Difference a Day Makes!”

Hard to tell from the photos if you now have a new “raised eyebrow” look. I’ve had three small basal-cell carcinomas removed, but all from different areas and non-recurring. Let’s hope this is the end of it for you! And a surgery-free 2010.

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