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BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

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lorac170
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Sorry to butt in on your conversation but, coincidentally, I also met with my Oncologist on 15th June. I had a lumpectomy on 25th May. All biopsies came back clear but I have been advised to have 15 sessions of radiotherapy & to take Tamoxifen for 5 years. No probs re taking meds for 5 years but 15 sessions seems rather excessive to me. Oncologist quoted me 1-2% of recurrence with radiotherapy & 4-6% without. The difference in odds seems, to me, not that different. Is this your experience or have you made up your mind? Again, apologies for butting in but am undecided what to do. Many thanks

Anniewol
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Sonya

You must do your exercises regularly if you want to get full movement back.  I know it is sore and painful but if you do them this will ease.  I am in my mid 60s and had a mastectomy in May 2015 - I did them 3 times a day and now have full movement and am back playing golf and gardening.  The thought of not being able to move my arm and shoulder properly worried me more than the discomfort.  Bio Oil really helped the scar and also under my arm where the lymph nodes were removed.  Keep going it will be worth it in the end x

AngeNut
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

I used the oil as soon as the dressings were off, Hazel. See my post just before this. I too had hardness under breast scar. It's softened a bit - I am a week ahead of you. It's still too tender to press hard, but getting there - I gently massage or oat the scar when I put the oil in. Underarm is taking longer...
AngeNut
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

I have a breast scar from a lumpectomy and underarm scar after surgery on 24th May. I was ready to pay for large bottle of Bio Oil, which I know is expensive.

But my daughter, who is pregnant says she gets 'Re-Gen' from Asda and slathers it on her bump.

I was dubious with it being a wound, so sent my husband to check it out. He came home with Re-Gen for £6. Bio-Oil the same size was £16. I opened my mouth to moan  "Nevermind the money...", but he said he had compared the two and the labels said exactly the same contents. 

Its been BRILLIANT - my boob scar in 3 weeks is looking great. Underarm is taking longer with swelling and tenderness. I have had NO reaction and it's doing a grand job!

Yesterday, he went to Aldi for other stuff - and there it was - Re-Gen for £1:99 - CHEAP AS CHIPS!!!!

He bought the oil for our daughter, who is going through gallons and some cream for me to try, which is nice and not too runny. I alternate using both... 

 

AnnDaw
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Hi Buster was reading posts about Bio-Oil earlier and reminded me I bought some about 3 yrs ago and have never opened it. I would think as it's a oil it should still be ok to use what do you reckon? Date on end of box says 2018. I've been using organic coconut oil for the past few days as I start a course of radiotherapy this coming Friday but im going to try the bio oil as it will be good for my scars from mastectomy and node clearance.I hope im doing right I think it should be ok.xx 

haz25a
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Hi,

 

Just to let you all know that Lloyds pharmacy is doing Bio Oil half price at the moment if any of you are using it or thinking of using it.

 

H.x

sonyacheet
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Thanks for posting.
I have a bit of cording and have a bit of pain in my lower back which my bc nurse thinks may be a bit of fluid build up. She says if it gets too much to take paracetamol. I will try the snow angels as you mentioned. I'm not always good at doing the exercises (I know, very bad). Xx
buster1
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Hi ladies, accidentally noticed you thread. A couple of things, I hope I'm not interfering. First one about bio oil: I had my mastectomy and axillary clearance 9 weeks ago, 3 days after the op I had to have both completely reopened due to haematoma. I have put bio oil on twice a day since I had the last drain out approx 2 weeks post op. Make sure all wounds are clean and dry first but what I liked about the oil was the pleasant smell and although it stains clothes and leaves them oily the consistency softens the skin more than a cream. I have quite severe stretch marks on the affected boob as I had it reconstructed straight away, it's early days I know but I think even they are improving ( and I breast fed over 26 yrs ago which caused them initially). Secondly cording I noticed mentioned: I do my exercises as advised and have got some evidence of cording in the armpit and slight oedema in the lower reconstructed breast. I find lying on the bed face up doing gentle snow angels, gently stretching my arm from the side of my body slide it up the bed to my ear and hands in the air straight up to the ceiling and wide outwards like on a cross really improve the cording. As the bed takes the weight it's much more comfortable. I notice the cording more prominent if I miss a day. More importantly I have asked the physio if it's safe doing it before I sent you this info and she says it's a good idea. I have full range of movement which I thinks great 🙃. All the best xxxx

haz25a
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Thanks Tracey,that's helpful. My BN isn't that good unfortunately. I'll go with your advice. H.x

traceyfizz
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Hi. I was told 3 weeks post op after i said i was using bio oil on my mastectomy scar that it was too soon so gonna hang fire for a few weeks i will use it after that time though cos very good x

haz25a
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Hi Audrey,

That's interesting. I've not bothered with the Bio oil yet, will wait a bit. I did go to see my Breast team about hard lump and swelling underneath scar but was told this was normal so no draining fluid for me. I am a bit sore today although I have not done my exercises for two days. (slapped wrist for me!). Started them again this evening. Just waiting to see the oncologist on the 15th June, it feels like forever away.

Take care and Best Wishes.

Hazel. x
madhatter67
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Hi, I was asvised to put some micropore over the scarring, and further down the line can use bio oil - how are you doing? I had to have some fluid off the lump under my arm following surgery, apparently this can happen. Have you had any problems? 

 

Take care

 

Audrey

sonyacheet
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Hi Hazel,
I don't drive no. You must be itching to get behind the wheel though.
My scars have healed well but I have cording under my arm from the snb. It's lumpy but my surgeon doesn't want to drain it as I could get an infection.
As for wearing the bra my bc nurse said at least a month and then just at nighttime for a few weeks more.
The glue that he put on is peeling so it looks worse than it is. It also causes a bit of itching because it gets trapped in the bra. I bought 2 at the start. Just M&S post surgery ones. They were expensive but do a really good job.
Take care xx
haz25a
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Hi Ladies,

 

Yeah, I think I'll use it but maybe wait until Wednesday, that will be two weeks post op. I might try some Epaderm on it tonight as I have developed a sweat rash inbetween and underneath my boobs from wearing a non-cotton bra at night.

 

I've ordered some cotton ones and should get them tomorrow. How long should you wear a bra 24/7 for?

 

Are you driving yet Sonya? I was thinking of getting in the car and just seeing how I feel changing gears, turning the steering wheel etc. tomorrow. My surgeon said Wednesday (two weeks post op), I'll just take it easy and see how I feel.

 

Best Wishes

 

Hazel. xx

Bondgirl
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

I had my first surgery March 2014 only had lumpectomy and axial lady clearance but my surgeon recommended bio oil. I used 3 weeks after surgery. I am 2'years down the line and still use it, my surgeon told me to keep using it. My scar is just a white line now so very pleased that Imlistened to him.

sonyacheet
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Hi Hazel,
My mother in law suggested this to me a few weeks ago, before my surgery. I'm not sure how long to wait though.
Sonya x
haz25a
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Re: BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Thanks Lou and Peggycat.

 

I think I will give it a try but maybe wait another week. I only had my surgery on the 18thMay and dressing off on Wednesday.

 

Smiley Happy Hazel. x

PeggyCat
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I used Bio Oil on my MX/recon scar and it's healed really well. Considering it's such a major op and it was only ten months ago, I'm really impressed with how faint the scar now is.

 

Have to say that I didn't start applying it until about three weeks after surgery however as wanted to be sure it was safe to do so.

 

x

LMB212
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I have used it for both and scar is healing nicely. Lou x
haz25a
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BIO OIL FOR LUMPECTOMY SCAR?

Hi,

 

I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this but I was wondering if anyone had used Bio Oil for lumpectomy/mastecomy scars? Or Perhaps could suggest a good alternative they have used?

 

I've got a 3 inch scar from my lumpectomy. Had dressing off on Wednesday and is healing well and wanted to try and minimising scarring.

 

Thanks in advance for any advice.

 

H. x