Following my post last month about discovering I had a melanoma, I visited my GP for a follow up appointment about my basal cell skin cancer. He recommended that it be removed and that I should see a plastic surgeon because of the location of the growth. There is a nerve that runs under it that if damaged could cause my eyebrow to sag! I agreed that a specialist is the way to go. So after a 6 week wait, I got in to see the surgeon yesterday. Over a friendly 5 minute chat he explained that it would need to be cut out and stitched up. He said there was no danger of hitting the nerve as the nerve is deeper than he had to cut. That’s a relief, I thought. He then said “OK, shall we do it?”. I was like, What? Right now? He said “Sure, why not?!”. I was a bit surprised as I thought it would just be a consultation but after recovering from the initial shock I said ok, let’s go for it.
The procedure was very quick, less than 15 minutes. He injected a local anesthetic and then cut out the growth. I was lying there wondering when he would remove it when he said “OK, looking good. I’m stitching it up now”. Wow, I thought. I didn’t feel a thing!
He had cut about 3mm around the melanoma and said that it would be sent off to a lab to confirm he had cut it all out. It was covered in a bandage and I was told the bandage could be removed the following day and that I could see a nurse to remove the stitches in 7-10 days.
So the whole thing went very well, better than I think I expected. No pain involved at all and as you can see from the photo the stitches aren’t too unsightly. I will post another photo in a weeks time when the stitches are removed. The surgeon followed my wrinkle lines into my side burns which should help the scar look subtle over time. I suppose I should look a bit tougher now 😉 My brother Jason even suggested I should get a tattoo seeing as I now have a bad boy scar and he thinks the ladies will dig it!
The surgeon also emphasised the importance of covering up going forward. Now that I have had a melanoma I am at higher risk of getting more. He said that the best protection is to stay out of the sun during peak hours and cover up with clothing. So it’s time I go shopping for an old man wide brimmed hat!