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edmelly03

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Registered: 6/12/08
Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Jun 12, 2008 7:27 PM
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Hi everyone,

I'm writing today as a 28 year old fellow female patient who has undergone open heart surgery (traditional) and have the big long scar down the middle of my chest.

I would like to know if there are others like me, who are self conscious of themselves due to the scar and for that reason always have problems finding womens clothing that compliments your body because you always have to cover your scar?

Thanks for your input!
Melissa

cygnusgama

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Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Jun 13, 2008 2:56 PM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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Hello edmelly03 I'm a fifty something woman. I embrace my scar it is a badge of courage. I have scars one from open heart surgery and 4 scars near my left shoulder where my pacemaker/defib lives. I've had a bathing suit on and it reveals a lot of skin, oh well. Love wearing v-necks and sexy tops.

Kathianne1

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From: Wheaton, IL
Registered: 6/9/08
Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Jun 13, 2008 4:34 PM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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I'm hoping you are doing well. As for the scar, as a 53 year old woman let me tell you that anyone who loves you will kiss that scar for saving you for now. Good luck at a long, healthy life!

muttser

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Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Jun 13, 2008 8:48 PM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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i had open heart in 1999 scar is maybe five inches long. i had an ekg and the tech was shocked be cause she hadn't noticed it. soon, yours will fade but like the others thank god you got it the alternative isn;t too great! good luck..

coolartist13

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Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Jun 16, 2008 7:19 AM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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Hi Melissa,
To date I don't have the open heart scar but I do have the 3 defibrilator scars. Going for # 4 on Thursday. At first I was very upset at my mirror image and tried to dress around it. Eventually I got tired of not feeling pretty and said to he#% with it. Mederma helps for the puffiness. Alot of people stare when I'm in my bathing suit because you can see the shape of the unit, but you get used to it. We're still pretty and capable of dressing sexy.
My scar is how I met my husband. He saw it and said "now theres a girl who can take a hit" He tells that story often because life is hard. We have war stories and Thank god for the scarmaker.
Take care and dress sexy before gravity starts to set in which is a whole new thing to worry about.
Coolartist

nikkinack

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Registered: 7/21/08
Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Jul 21, 2008 10:39 AM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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Hi Melissa:
i'm 45 and just underwent CABG 5 weeks ago. I was so worried about the scar before surgery. I look in the mirror daily at this scar and judge how it looks. I've been out and about and as most clothing is V neck or somewhat revealing...my scar has shown and I don't even care. I'm not even conscious of it until I feel a twinge in my chest. I haven't found that people stare or notice it either. Just as was mentioned here in other posts...it's like a badge of honor.

I am thinking of using some of the creams that are on the market to help fade it. I've heard that vitamin E is good. Did anyone else use anything.

I'm glad for this way of communicating thoughts...

Nikki

jenny2382

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Registered: 8/22/08
Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Aug 22, 2008 1:14 PM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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Melissa,

I am 26 years old and have dealt with the same thing you do regarding my scar. I love shopping but always have to find tops that cover the scar. I know that it doesn't bother the people that I love....my boyfriend, my parents, friends but I still feel self conscious like you. I have heard people talk about using products like Mederma but I don't know how well it works on old scars (I had my surgery when I was in 1st grade).

Jenny

4alameda

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Registered: 8/1/08
Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Aug 22, 2008 3:39 PM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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Hi, Please see the site........"everythingherbs.com".........they have a product there listed as RST from Pure Herbs (Remove scar tissue,1oz or 4oz) and look at the fabulous testimonials listed (type in 'scars' in 'search'), it is the ONLY formulation of this type I have found anywhere, after MUCH searching, am buying for my friend who suffers from facial scars. WELL WORTH a try.......God Bless, Charles

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BeachBum82

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Registered: 9/4/08
Re: Scar from Open Heart Surgery - For Women
Posted: Sep 4, 2008 10:03 AM   in response to: edmelly03 in response to: edmelly03
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Hey Melissa,

I just wanted to say that I just had open heart surgery in March '08. I was 25 at the time and at first I wasn't too concerned about my scar. Now it seems to be spreading, and I have no idea why. 6 months later and it's slowly getting larger and now I feel so self concious, and so gross and feel disgusting wearing my clothes. I can't even wear a cute camisole without cringing when I look at myself in the mirror.. I just quickly take it off. I saw my dr yesterday and he said my scar is a keloid/keloiding. I still don't know the correct terminology. I googled it and saw pictures and have been crying for 2 days straight. It doesn't look like a "keloid" where it's popping out and all deformed... yet anyway... who knows wtf it's going to turn into. It's actually a little sunken in... but just getting bigger.
Sorry, I just really had to get it out and to let you know that you're not alone. I'm 26 now and feel gross wearing my clothes, and looking at myself in the mirror. I changed my V necks to scoops and even so it still pops out and looks so weird. I hope one day I'll be able to deal with it, but right now knowing that it's just going to get bigger is heartbreaking.
Take Care
Maria

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