January 5, 2011

It's More Tolerable With Time

Perhaps it has been the distractions of the holidays taking my mind off of it for a while, but I'm very happy to say my scar has been fading into the background of my thoughts more and more. It seems to be blending better over the past few months and isn't quite as visible. I'm less apt to feel the need to "hide" or avert my gaze, and it seems that people aren't staring at it any more. I'm attaching December photos, which show the progress at 1 year + 3 months since surgery.

Depending on the angle of sunlight, the scar sometimes shows prominently in certain photos while in others it's not so obvious. I've been wearing sunscreen all winter.


  1. I'm a 29 year old woman and I am waiting to get the bandages off of my skin graft. I had from had BCC cells removed from my nose with MOHS. Thank you for posting these photos....it's really had to find much information about how to expect a skin graft to be.

    You look lovely here. I guess the healing time of a skin graft is a testing period for the indurence of patience...hopefuly I can find that.

    Thanks again!

  2. Thank you Jenn. I couldn't find much information about skin grafts prior to my surgery either (other than burns). Yes, patience is the key. The scar fades, the experience fades into the background after time passes. Pretty soon it's all behind you....and you feel like yourself again. Took me about a year to be honest. Thank you for commenting, and glad you found my info.

  3. January 13 was my 2 month post graft anniversary. Nothing I find on the Internet looks like my graft--bumpy with webbing around my eye. Yours, however, DOES look like mine. Thanks for letting me peek at my future. I'm hopeful.

  4. Oh good! Stay hopeful and optimistic. It'll look a bit rough at first, like mine certainly did, but a few months from now you'll be happy to feel it getting smaller and smoother. Whenever your medical people say it's okay for you to start massaging the scar, do it as often as you can throughout the day with some cream or oil. It will help flatten the bumpy scar tissue. I STILL do that before bed while I'm reading or whatever. My surgeon highly recommends it.

  5. Thank you for your work putting together this blog.
    I just had MOHS surgery on my nose 1 week ago.
    When the bandage came off the doctor said, looks good!
    You know (and now I know) how it really looks! Awful!
    They said I didn't need to put a bandage on it anymore, but I'm not ready to let people see it yet. However, you have given me hope, that EVENTUALLY it will improve and/or I will just get over it. Again, thank you. It really helps to know I'm not the only one!

    1. Nice to hear my blog was helpful to you. Glad your doctor said you looked good. That's a plus. And it's true, your nose will look better and better week after week!

      Thanks for taking the time to write. Take care.