Surgery Number Two

Surgery number 2 was mostly the same as far as my comfort and anxiety level go. It almost felt like dejavu. There I was again. Did I mention that I adore my plastic surgeon? His name is Dr. Jonathan S. Jacobs M.D., D.M.D., F.A.C.S. of Associates in Plastic Surgery He is kind, understanding, friendly, thorough, and very professional. None of my questions were silly to him and he was very patient when I started crying in his office. The nurses and office staff were very personable also. When you think of plastic surgery, vanity tends to come to mind, but actually plastic surgeons deal with much more than face lifts and breast enhancement.

So, here we go again. Like I said, the surgery was mostly the same as the first with the exception of having 2 wounds. My skin graft donor site came from behind my ear. After I was all sewn up, my head and face were bandaged. Don't I look lovely?

What you end up with is a big round cushy thing sewn onto the skin graft. It must stay there for several days while the graft heals. Mine was removed about 4 days after surgery. The nurse warned me that the site on my nose may be indented and a little disturbing to look at at first. She even recommended that I give it another day or 2 before looking in the mirror. She said that the indention would suddenly "pop out." She and the doctor both knew that I was fearful of how I would look. I'm ashamed to say that I am a bit vain and my nose has always been one of my pet peeves to begin with. I really didn't look forward to having anything draw attention to it. Nevertheless, I was brave and I took the mirror. I was exceedingly happy with what I saw. Even the nurse was surprised to see how well it looked.


This is just 8 days after the surgery.

If there is one thing I want to stress, it's seeing a plastic surgeon for any surgery done on your face! And above all else....Stay out of the sun!!!

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Anonymous said...

I had this surgery in almost the same area of my nose, five weeks ago. It has been very reassuring to see how well your graft has turned out, as mine is still a little red looking at present!

Thank you and all the best for the future.

Anonymous said...

It has been about 8 Hours since I had the same procedure on my nose for basal cell cancer. They too took skin from behind my ear and grafted it on my nose. I have some pain but bearable. Some what anxious as I am not sure how long the healing process will take. Thank you so much for the pictures and commentary. Back to the Dr. On Friday.






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I am schuduled for Mohs surgery on December 8th and plastic surgery with Dr Jacobs on December 9th. I came across your blog by accident but, I am so happy that I found someone who has used the same Doc. I am in my forties and have a Basal Cell/ Squamous cell combo under my nose. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and pictures. It has made me feel so much better.

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Wow, you can barely see the scar. My husband just found out that he has a small spot of skin cancer on his arm. It was caught very early, so it should be a pretty simple procedure. I am amazed at how your scars are practically gone. That truly is amazing.

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