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Old 06-26-2006, 02:36 PM
beth216 beth216 is offline
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Default first tx of 36yo w/ PWS on face and chest

Hi all,

I'm posting for my husband. he's scheduled tomorrow for his first laser tx on a large PWS on the lower half of his right face down to midchest.

the PWS also is in his throat but they're not tx that.

My husband is very nervous. he hasn't had any treatments done until now, basically because 20 years ago he had been told that the scarring could be worse than the birthmark.

He's going to Dr Arndt in Boston.

I think his biggest concern is that it will end up looking worse.

at this point it has started to thicken and is dark purple.

he has been told to shave all the hair off the affected areas, as it will be burned anyway.

any words of wisdom I can share with him?

ETA: last year after some severe headaches he got an MRI and SWS was ruled out.

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Old 06-27-2006, 02:32 PM
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No words of wisdom, but let us know how it turns out!

I wouldn't think there would be a whole lot to say to abate his nervousness.... everyone has a different experience with treatments.

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Old 06-27-2006, 02:52 PM
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Hello! How did your husband's first laser treatment go? Do you know which laser they used on him? Please keep us posted on his progress. I would love to hear how things went and his feelings about having his first treatment at 36. My 12 year old grandson has facial pws and SWS. It's wonderful to hear that your husband doesn't have SWS.

As far as advice, what's worked for my grandson is to keep the area clean and well lubricated - keep applying the ointment your doctor suggested. Many people recommend an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas held to the area to help with swelling.

All the best to you and your husband. Please let us know how he is doing.
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Old 06-27-2006, 06:57 PM
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Just wanted to say hello, and sorry missed your post. Just wanted to add... hopefully the doctor explained to him that the area will look pretty bad for 10 or so days...while it heals. It is a GOOD sign to have dark spots... follow the advice from Glenda.
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Old 06-29-2006, 03:28 AM
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thank you for your replies I posted a follow up
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