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Old 10-30-2012, 06:44 PM
Shannonvin Shannonvin is offline
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Default To do or not to do daughter's second surgery for cosmetic reasons?

Hi everyone..this is my first time visiting and I have a question. My daughter had a deep hemangioma removed from her face,close to her eye, when she was three months old. The surgery went well and the plastic surgeon did remove all of the tumor. She is now 27 months old and she has another surgery scheduled in a week and a half. The surgeon is planning to remove the skin and reattach it and then do a laser treatment. It basically sounds like he is redoing the surgery minus the hemangioma removal and skin graft. My husband and I are struggling with the decision to do this. We don't like the fact of putting her through this again and as a toddler I am sure it will be more difficult for her than when she was 3 months old. Her scar is very noticeable and strangers and other children are always pointing it out, which breaks our hearts. Are we being vain to have this surgery done? I keep trying to think of her as a teenager and wonder how she will feel if we didn't try. That is the other struggle....we have no idea if it is going to be better than it is now.
If anyone has experience with this I would love to hear some opinions.
Thank you,
Shannon
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