Scars are something that many of us have, but often try to hide. Behind each of our scars is a story. Here’s mine.
My scar is from a mole that I had removed back in 2013.
I originally had concerns about the mole because it was very unsightly and didn’t look healthy. The mole had changed in shape, colour, texture and size in the previous year and was really itchy. As a 23 year-old girl, I felt self-conscious about how the mole looked, especially with it being on my chest.
I went to see a surgeon, who said the mole should be removed straight away as he wasn’t happy with the signs either. The mole was removed within 2 weeks and sent off for a biopsy. At this point, I was happy with the size of the scar - it was around an inch long and was starting to heal really well.
Almost immediately after the biopsy, I was called back into hospital and told that the results had come back as ‘Melanoma in situ’ - the earliest stage of a skin cancer known as melanoma. As you can imagine, being given this news at just 23 years old is extremely difficult to process, especially as at this time in my life, my friends were using sun beds and going on girlie holidays to lay about in the sun all day. My surgeon advised me to not sunbathe or try to get a tan ever again as my skin is very sensitive, covered in moles and it’s simply not worth the risk.
Two weeks later, I returned to hospital for a second operation. This was to remove a wider and deeper area around the original lesion, to remove all traces of the melanoma. This time, I wasn’t happy with the scar as it had more than doubled in size and was much wider. The positioning of it on my chest meant it took a long time to heal and the gravity of my breasts meant the scar dropped slightly too, making it much deeper than originally expected.
Because of my history, another 15 moles which had also changed in appearance were later removed as a precaution. Thankfully none of them were melanoma, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Helping them heal
Most people leave their scars to heal naturally, but I think it’s worth giving them a helping hand, especially if they’re on an area of your body you’re conscious about. If the scars were on my arms or legs, they wouldn’t have bothered me as much.
To help the healing process, I was referred to scar therapy at the hospital where they showed me some really good massage techniques which helped to get the scar tissue moving and healing much quicker. I found that when I used a few drops of Rosehip Oil with circular thumb movements, it helped to gradually smooth out the skin and fade the redness. Take a look at the before and after pics below!
Now when I’m out in the sun, I make sure I take all the necessary precautions, using factor 50 and covering up as much as possible with light, cool clothing. People usually laugh when you warn them about the dangers of the sun, but trust me, it’s no joke.
Be safe in the sun guys, it’s not worth the wrinkles anyway!