No makeup selfie time…….

We all remember the charity drive for no make up selfies….

Seems like an age ago now but I also did one of those lovely pictures…. (excuse the background)

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For all I don’t wear a lot of make up, I do try, all be it bearly, to cover my scars on a daily basis. My morning ritual takes about 10 minutes, and involves, primer, concealer and on occasion BB Cream. (Another story, seem to be adding a lot of these to the list 🙂 )

This picture is two and a half years old now, since then there have been a fair few more scars added to the mugshot.

With the naked eye you may not see all the scars that I have, in fact many people comment that it isn’t until I point them out that they know how many scars I have. Now either they are being polite or I am paranoid. Mark insists it is the latter.

Truth being there are some I can cover and some I just can’t. I don’t know how many scars there are, I only know I have had what seems to be an obscene amout of BCC’s removed.

The following photos are shots of my scars taken in the last week. (I considered adding a selection of post op pictures to a post also but as there are many people who don’t like gore or graphic images I have decided to add them as a page under Gorlins on the page instead, if you click here Before, During and After, it will take you too them)

First, my neck scars. These are where my amazing surgeon has removed the skin that now makes up my face. The last lot of surgery I underwent, they realised (partially down to weightloss) that I am running short of excess skin on my neck, so now only facial grafts will be removed from my neck, anything else including my last scalp graft will come from my stomach (where courtesy of weightloss I have an excess of skin haha).

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The ones that can’t be covered……My Scalp. Once over my hair was my pride and joy, as you will have noticed in my pictures in Hubby and I, I had very log red hair, which I loved. When push came to shove though it was only hair and it got shaved off (Before, During and After). I had a full scalpal dermabrasion and then surgery to remove the deeper BCC’s. In the case of the two bigger grafts, the surgeons tried to direct close these but when the Histology results came back, the removals had not been complete, meaning when under the microscope there was still remnants of BCC left. Meaning they had to remove the full scar and replace with a graft.

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Then the face, well where do I begin, my nose is mainly skin grafts, i have scars up and down the side of my face, in my eyebrows, I have a mishaped nose, more on my eyelids (where there are no lashes and more on top) and also not pictured my whole outer to inner ear on one side.

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Hmmm…I hear myself say, takes a lot to put the no holds barred pictures up and I would be telling a mistruth if I told you these two posts didnt’t make me fill up a few times. This is me though and this is a Gorlins patients life. It’s fine dealing with it on a daily basis but when you look back and look at today you realise what you have come through….. x

Just to make me feel better…. A Make Up Selfie too 😉

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Mwah xx

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16 thoughts on “No makeup selfie time…….

  1. I admire you sooo much for writting this. Thankyou for sharing your story and your photos. Your blog will help others and you have educated me as I knew very little about this and Im a Adult Nurse. I love the fact that you have been brutally honest. Your beautiful inside & out ! Xxxx

    • Hi Becki, Thank you so much for reading what I have to say, and thank you for your lovely words. Can’t tell you how much it means xxx

    • I don’t wear a lot, but what I do covers them, so to strip it bear isn’t easy, but if it helps one person that will be amazing, thank you so much for your comment, <3

  2. Your so brave Caroline. I for one admire you and everything you’ve been through.
    Stay strong. Your an inspiration xxx

    • Thank you Sheila, you have seen a lot of what I have been through over the years and your on going support is massively welcomed….<3 xxx

  3. What a fantastic post. I have had a BCC removed from my back,just a few months ago. Now I am super paranoid of being out in the sun at all (even with factor 50 on).
    I have something on my face which I am currently under investigation. One Dr just wants to freeze it off. I don’t think I am happy about this!

    I’ve never heard of Gorvins before but thank you so much for sharing this post and your photos.
    Mel x

    • Thank you Mel, of course you will be and I think once you have had one, anything suspect you just want rid of, safer rather than sorry. I have had some that they have taken biopsoes of before removal (pointless in my case really). I am going to do a post over the next few days about MOHS surgery, that maybe of interest to you…thank you for your lovely comments xx

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