Archives: August 2006
Wed, 23 Aug 2006
Day 7, post chin-job.
It's simply amazing how quickly the body heals. My chin has gone from being a painful, bleeding, swollen, oozing, crusty, scabby mess to new red-pink skin in just a week! I can't believe it.
Okay, it still has a tiny bit of scab left, and my entire chin looks bright red... but it's healed!
I still don't think it was worth it, though.
I had an appointment with the Doctor this morning, who confirmed that it is healing very nicely indeed.
Me: "But it looked so very awful the day after!"
Dr: "I know."
Me: "I guess you steer well clear of clients in the first couple days post-op, huh?"
Dr (looking rather sheepish): "Well, sometimes they do ring in."
Me: "I damn well bet they do! Given their face suddenly looks like a grenade has gone off just in front of it."
Dr: Stunned silence.
We then discussed my going back to work on Monday. My chin will still be quite red... it takes 3-6 weeks for the red/pinkness to completely go away. The doctor told me that they have a special make-up kit for sale if I was interested... the cost is $200.
I snorted. "Nah. The poor suckers at work will just have to put up with looking at me!"
Doctor: Stunned silence.
For some reason, I don't think I'm his typical clientele.
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Thu, 17 Aug 2006
In the Name of Beauty
Okay, so I went under the knife today. Well, not exactly a knife, but a laser...
I had some scarring on my chin which I've had smoothed out with laser surgery, as well as having some moles and other sundry bits and pieces excised from my body.
All I have to say about the whole experience is.... OUUUUCCCCHHHHHH.
It hurts like hell! I mean, really really hurts.
I had over twenty injections of local anaesthetic, twelve of which were in my face. Who knew faces had so many nerve endings! It was excrutiating.
And now, approximately twelve hours laters, my chin looks like some horrible disfigured Incredible Melting Man with blood and swelling and oozing and, well... it's just freaking gross. It can't even be covered with a dressing, because of the awkward location, so all I can do is put vaseline on it to protect it and leave it open for all the world to see.
My four year old is scared of me.
And it aches, throbs, burns and just plain hurts.
And this is just my chin. How do women have this done to their whole face?!
Anyway, this has taught me a valuable lesson: I am NEVER having cosmetic surgery done ever again. I don't care how grotesque I am. I will live with my imperfections.
I don't know how women repeatedly subject themselves to laser surgery, chemical peels, botox, implants, nips and tucks, major reconstructions.
What kind of crazy world do we live in that we do this to ourselves, of our own free will, all in the name of "beauty"?
I'm pretty sure if I knew what I was feeling and looking like right now, I would not have gone ahead with this.
But maybe it's like childbirth... you forget the pain, and a year later you start thinking... hmmm... another one wouldn't be so bad... would it?
Well let me answer that question straight away: Yes. Yes, it would be so bad.
Don't do it.
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