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Re: Large pores
Nov 11, 2003
First, let me make sure we're on the same page here. My enlarged pore (the official term for them is "dilated pore") was about... betwee 1/16" and 1/8" inch wide. It was probably also that deep.

So basically, the diameter was comparable to a regular wooden toothpick. I don't know if yours is that big or not. But mine was, as you described yours, a hole in my face, literally. From viewing distance (as from somebody elses viewing distance during a conversation) it simply looked like a blemish, or a freckle.

The procedure is simple, cost me no more than $200 (If I remember correctly). That price also included all the follow-up appointments at 1 month, 3 months, and beyond if needed.

As I described, they basically just "punch out" the pore with a cookie cutter like tool, then stich it up, and let it heal. It's basically the only way to get rid of them. Lasers and such would not work for this type of skin problem.

You are left with a scar, of course, because you just had tissue cut out. However, let me explain my situation.

I had to have the procedure done twice, as I mentioned. The reason for that was the pore reformed itself (which is a possibility). However, after the first operation, I got about 4-5 months into the healing process and the scar looked awesome. It was hardly noticeable at all.

At the second procedure (I had it done just 25 days ago), I had an even larger portion of skin cut out to ensure that it would not reform. I almost want to say that the doctor used a 1/4" diameter cutter! :eek:

And let me say this, the wound will look horrible for a while. You can't let it bother you, though. It's normal considering the amount of skin you just had removed.

You keep it covered with a bandaid for about 10 days until the stiches are removed. I gave myself a 5 day block from the procedure where I didn't have to go anywhere or see anyone. During that time I kept a LARGE bandaid covering it up with a SMALL amount of POLYSPORIN (they should tell you all this). For the next 5 days, I had a few classes (I'm a 22 year old dude, college student). So when I had to go to class, I used one of those super small bandaids to make it less noticeable.

Yeah, it stinks have to wear a bandage on your face, but it was worth it to finally get rid of the blemish. If anyone asks what happened, say "a blemish on my face was causing problems so I had it removed." If they persist, tell them to go to hell or something, lol.

Anyways, after 10 days, you go in to get the stiches removed. My doctor then put on these things called "sterile strips". Basically they are white sterile strips that are no bigger than the smallest bandaids I was using. They put on a liquid adhesive and they fall off naturally after a week or so, depending on how careful you are with them.

Well, here's where it get's tricky. My first operation, after the sterile strips fell off, the wound looked good enough to go uncovered. However, after my second operation, because I had so much more tissue removed, the wound still looked BAD, I mean BAD, after the sterile strips fell off. This was about 15 days since the operation, and 5 days after the stiches were removed.

I sure didn't feel like keeping a bandaid on anymore, because I hate the color. I couldn't find any cool white bandaids or something I liked, so I made my own!

I essentially made homemade sterile strips. I did this by using bandaids "Liquid Bandage" and gauze pads.

I unfolded the gauze pad all the way, then removed the "criss cross" layers they put in to help absorbtion. Then, I folder it back into about, 3 layers I think. Basically, thick enough so that it could absorb some of the liquid bandage.

I cut out a little bandage from the gauze that was about 1/4" x 1".

I put the liquid bandage over the wound area, put on the gauze, put some more liquid bandage over the gauze, and it was good to go.

Why I like this better than a bandaid is:

1) Protects better. It's basically a compleletly sealed, but breathable bandage.
2) Looks better. The gauze is white, but when it becomes saturated with the liquid bandage, it turns slightly transparent. It is WAYYYY less noticeable than a bandaid.
3) Bonds better with the skin. You don't feel it or have to mess with it. The liquid bandage stuff really sticks to your skin. It sheds off naturally after a week or so.

Anyways, that's a little trick I devised.

As I mentioned, at the point of writing this, it's been 25 days since the operation. I've did everything possible to keep the area from being disturbed. I have yet to let the water from the shower go above my neck. I wipe my face down with a wash cloth, and wash my hair in the sink. I don't mess with the wound, I don't look at it everyday, I just leave it completely alone except for the times when I had to change the bandage.

I checked it last on day 21, I think, and it was looking awesome. The healing process finally kicked in and whatever it did, it really did well. I'm so relieved.

Anyways, I hope that kind of explains it a bit. It may sound like a lot, but it really isn't. It was all worth it in everyway to me to get rid of it as it had bugged me soooo much for a long time. Remember, scar tissue continues to heal and repair for up to a year, or more, so it will only continue to get better.

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