Firstly... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I trust this post finds you all in good health, wealth and prosperity for you and your loved ones!
I recently got some fabulous news from Dr. Umar, apparently my blog is being read by other AKN sufferers. I can see from the blog stats that it's often read, but one individual who previously visited some of the same clinics as me, has since visited Dr. Umar and also had the operation as a result of seeing my own progress. That one act has made the effort and time worthwhile as my goal is to let other sufferers know of this option. What they then do with that information is of course their decision, but I wanted to be sure they knew it existed, see it's genuine (from my own photos etc.) and then they can make their own informed decisions. I would have loved to have known of this operation years earlier! Whoever he or she is, I hope their healing will be swift, comprehensive and cosmetically pleasing to them.
Sooo, for me things have been really busy but in a good way. Settling in nicely to my new role and somehow walking with a renewed air of confidence. This is largely due to the dramatic aesthetic improvement to the back of my head. It is now very settled, stable and silky smooth to the touch.
My daily regime is to wash the scar each morning in the show by letting warm water run onto it for a few minutes. I then wash my hair as I always did, but I never let shampoo reach the scar. I am sure it would be OK now as the scar has closed, but I am staying very much on the safe side of caution. I rinse my hair by leaning forwards so the rinse water never reaches the scar. Once clean, I then dry my hair with a towel. Next I dab the scar with a fresh towel, then once out of the shower I may rub some pure petroleum jelly into it to keep it supple, but not everyday. So far so good and I am pleased with the results. I am now getting regular comments on the rate of improvement from co-workers... and of course my barber! :-)
See below for the progress after 3 months:
Whilst my scar is still not 100% finished healing, I am so thankful to be free of the AKN condition after 24years of suffering. I am pleased with the cosmetic improvements and few things delight me more than the kind words my 5 year old daughter tells me "Daddy, your scar looks so much nicer now and it gets better all the time". My 3 year old son copies her and adds his own contribution "Daddy, your scar looks lovely"... hehe, kids, don't you just 'em? Makes me smile!
I have been overwhelming happy with the results so far from Dr. Umar and his team at FineTouch Dermatolgy that I have very recently made a big decision concerning my scar. I have decided to further improve the aesthetics by having a scar revision operation. This is by no means compulsory and is very much my own decision. The initial operation was (forgive me if I get the medical terms wrong) "Removal of Acne Keloidalis Nuchae by excision with healing by secondary intention. In plain English, this means that after the AKN has been removed, the scar is intentionally left open to heal naturally. You hear many guys on the FineTouch Youtube videos say "I had a hole at the back of my head after the operation". It is true, as per my earlier pictures, there is hole. This is an unconventional approach and contradicts most other approaches, but it works. The scar revision will further close the scar, so that the final result will be a very thin lateral scar line. Apparently there is no need for the dressing ritual that I went through last time as this operation will just have regular stiches which will be removed after 2 weeks, then I'm all done... WOOHOO!!! :-D I am so excited, but... as previously mentioned I recently started a new job, so it will most likely be May before I can get the time off to return to Redondo Beach for the second operation. That will be something I look forward to covering in detail on this blog. lol
Anyways, the time here now is gone silly O'clock, so I need to get some sleep. Take care and stay tune for next month's update as I will most likely have a date for my 2nd and final operation by that stage. Until then, have fun.