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Frugal Advice - Beauty

February 4th, 2011 at 01:21 pm

The best financial wisdom I have picked up for over the years is that there is usually a way to have something virtually identical for much cheaper.

Just seems to be a constant recurring theme in the discourse of personal finance. A recurring theme in everyday conversation with people around me.

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I don't know how relevant this is to everyone, but I figure I'd share and put it under this category.

Anyway, while my main concern the past few months with this whole thyroid thing has been to tackle it and move on, many people I talk to seem quite concerned about the scar my surgery may leave. Lots of tips on how to minimize scarring!

I was actually a little taken aback at first, but figured maybe I under estimated how much the scarring would bother me. Will see. (It was something I could care less about, initially).

Anyway, I am 3 weeks post-op and I find I am just relieved that I no longer look like frankenstein. Wink In certain angles, I can barely even see the incision, though it is still very loud and obvious at this point.

My doctor recommended massage and told me to avoid sunburn (for the short term). He probably had to say it, but I giggled since I have been keeping it well covered with scarves and turtle necks. Not like any sun will reach my neck!

Anyway, it has healed enough that I decided to invest in some Vitamin E or cocoa butter or whatever. I don't mind doing what I can to minimize the scarring in the long run.

That said, I started to read and research before I bought anything.

Conclusion? The best medicine is a good surgeon, massage, positive thinking, and no sun burning for ONE YEAR. In fact, some of the creams can make it worse. Not that I am *that* concerned about the creams, but why waste the money? The studies done in that area mostly concluded that vitamin e, cocoa butter, etc., merely had a placebo effect. Also, the act of massaging the cream on the incision site meant more than the cream itself. So I have been doing neck massages with soap, in the shower.

All that said, since I apparently should be really concerned about sun exposure, I will probably pick up one of the creams with SPF, for summer. It's really no more expensive than sun block, and then if there really is something to it, I can't say I didn't try. Wink

I didn't save a fortune or anything, on my approach to healing. BUT, every time someone sells me some type of beauty product or miracle cure, I usually step back and make sure if it is really worth the money. IT seems that it rarely ever is, and that constant skepticism has saved me a lot of money over the years.

ETA: Being *cheap* was good, because I have since heard that the thyroid is VERY sensitive and to never rub any chemicals in the area. A friend who is a make up artist was telling me how they do not put any creams on the neck area, etc. Interesting!!! Makes me wonder how many people use these magic healing creams just to end up with more problems in the long run...

4 Responses to “Frugal Advice - Beauty”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    When I was 22 I got a HUGE surgery scar (vertical, from just under my breasts, to about 3 inches past my belly button) after a car accident. So I've learned to love it as part of myself. Now I have another scar, going the other direction (horizontally), a few inches under that, from the C-section. I'm just a scarfest but I don't mind! Smile It sure has cured me of any passing fancies about getting tattoos, because that's quite enough body modification for me. Wink
    The color has faded on both and the C-section one is really neat and small. But the other one was emergency surgery and it will always be kind of raised and dramatic-looking.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    Time could be your best ally in fading the scar. I have a long scar from my surgery 3 years ago, but without doing much of anything at all, it has really faded substantially.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    I have lots of scars and they don't really bother me that much (I have several on my fingers from working in kitchens which actually affect my fingerprints, not that I've ever been fingerprinted officially though). I have never had any surgeries but just tend to be clumsy Big Grin I did go through a phase of caring, a few years ago, and found that a product called Bio Oil did actually make a difference. But, it's about $20 for a small bottle and after a couple of months I couldn't be bothered. lol.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    I am glad I ended up never buying any cream for my neck. I have since been hearing that cosmetologists are being told not to rub creams on women's necks due to huge upticks in thyroid cancer, etc. Anyway, I thought it would be good to add this for anyone who stumbles across this in the future. Being cheap maybe pays off for me (I am not much into makeup, hair dye, all that stuff that is full of chemicals, in the first place, but I wasn't thinking about how extra sensitive the thyroid seems to be to all these chemicals).

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