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PLEASE can I have advice or reassurance that my leg looks normal, cos I am fretting

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psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 20:53:29

look bad, still bleeding, pics on profile (but only look if you are not overly squeamish cos they doo look nasty IMVHO).

is this normal looking is what I am asking, as DH is going green when I ask, and I am a big wussblush who thinks my leg is gonna drop off at any given momentwink!

whomovedmychocolate Sun 07-Jun-09 20:56:46

What did you do to it????

Actually it looks pretty good. The bruising is coming out, as long as it doesn't feel hot it looks like it's healing.

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 20:59:48

had a mole cut out on wedsnesday as the consultant had me in for the first appointment, took a look, and said it had to be removed, TODAYshock<<sob>>

it hurts

tis not hot tho, altho very itchy. which I know is a good sign........just looks swollen and not sure if that is normal considering two days ago it looked better.

whomovedmychocolate Sun 07-Jun-09 21:02:27

Yes it's very normal to have a lot of swelling on day three (day one is the day you have the surgery). I had several removed. Within about seven days it abates. It's well worth taking some ibuprofen.

Mine were melanomas but they were all caught in time.

whomovedmychocolate Sun 07-Jun-09 21:02:59

Sorry that wasn't very clear - day three it starts to swell and bruise, day seven it abates.

whomovedmychocolate Sun 07-Jun-09 21:03:42

Oh and if it gets so itchy you are tempted to scratch, take an antihistamine!

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:06:36

ahhh, thankyou

<<eek>> for you, altho very glad all were removed successfully. am hoping tis the same for me, altho the consultant seemed very confident that all would be okay, he just wanted to take fast action to ensure all would be ok IYGWIM.

am of ibruphen, and co-codomol too as it was pretty deep into the muscle and walking is very achy.

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:07:48

am on strong antihistamines already (due to my allergies), and the itching was still unbearable.

tisn;t so bad today........maybe the coolness in the air is helping.

noddyholder Sun 07-Jun-09 21:09:47

i had 2 dodgy lumps removed from my leg about 6 weeks ago and the 2nd and 3rd days i was in agony and one in particular was very itchy.I had mild salt and tea tree baths and it was ok within a week.HTH

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:11:37

can I bath it.........am desperate for a bath (have had a light shower only) becuase the surgeon said no baths until the stitches were removed.

would LOVE to have a bath!

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:12:40

actually noddy, just out of interest, how do they look now?? am dreading how this will look.

whomovedmychocolate Sun 07-Jun-09 21:16:00

NOOOO! You can't bathe it for a week! Sorry. But it's a bad idea.

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:17:38

<<sob>>........was getting all excited then.

ho hum, back to the light showers.

noddyholder Sun 07-Jun-09 21:17:50

I was shower only for 3 days and had a bath after that and they gave me one extra dressing which I did.One of them looks fine now practically invisible but the other one is still a bit 'there' iykwim and i think it needs re done!

whomovedmychocolate Sun 07-Jun-09 21:19:42

In terms of scars, it depends entirely on how you scar, I don't have keloid scars but I do have raised ones - the one in the centre of my back looks like I've been stabbed in the back - even now some 18 years later. The ones on my hand and arm are much better, just pink bits. You wouldn't notice unless I pointed them out.

BTW the reason your consultant would have done it there and then is if he put you on a waiting list and you waited up to 18 weeks to get it done, you could have been at risk. They do try and do it if they can there and then - it doesn't necessarily mean the worst.

I had a decade of having to show up once a year to have all my moles photographed to map changes hmm

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:20:00

oh dear noddy.......are you going back to get them to have a look??

noddyholder Sun 07-Jun-09 21:22:38

I am going next week Mine were done there and then too which was great service I think!
They came back as very early viral lesions too so no worries thank goodness

BCNS Sun 07-Jun-09 21:23:19

yes it looks normal.. bruising is coming out..

keep an eye out for any dodgey oozing, funny smells, high temp and heat from the wound..

on the pic it does look normal.. also the scar still looks pretty straight

misdee Sun 07-Jun-09 21:23:40

no idea.

mine was under wraps for about a week IIRC. i had extra dressings from dh stash. they were waterproof ones so i could shower.

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:23:59

WMMC, I had to get completely undressed for the man to have a good look, chart and measure my moles. he said that if something does show up then they will get me checked regularly......so on a wait and see as to the pics I guesswink.

am glad he took quick action in a way.......I fret dreadfully so would have been a nightmare for DH with the planning and spiralling on the run up to it being done. I am now just fretting after insteadblush!

I am not a great healer, and do bruise bad, but scarring is generally ok once the redness fades. was recommended bio-oil by BCNS the other day, and the surgeon said vasaline, but not sure when to start that - now or once the stitches are out??

littlelamb Sun 07-Jun-09 21:25:28

<<faints>>
Am petrified I will have to have a mole removed from my chest. I didn't realise wht it would look like afterwards
Nice hair btw

misdee Sun 07-Jun-09 21:25:48

do u go to a special clinic to get your moles checked?

i just keep an eye on mine. though my gp told me there was no need hmm but then he doesnt know how badly i got burnt as a child

littlelamb Sun 07-Jun-09 21:26:06

Completely undressed?!
<<faints again>>

psychomum5 Sun 07-Jun-09 21:26:25

misdee, are they available easy?? I really want to have a decent shower.

BCNS, is dips down quite bad in the middle, where the mole was, but yes, still straight. tis the fresh bleeding again a bit earlier that freaked me, and the swollen look.

ok, so as long as it stays cool to the touch then, I need not worry??

BCNS Sun 07-Jun-09 21:27:06

when the stiches are out for the bio or e45

that's what we were told to use on ds2 cheek ( 4 stitches) it's healed up great and considering it's on his face you have to look really carefully to see it

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