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Title: a shallow girly question
Post by: ohsobright on April 02, 2010, 10:22:52 AM
This seems so ridiculous but I have to ask.
  I am 15 weeks post ORIF and have spent the last 3 weeks trying to pluck up the courage to shave my leg. It looks so awful and twice as hairy as my "normal" leg. Could i get it waxed at the beauticians? Would it do any harm to my scars? Should i bite the bulllet and shave, can i shave over the scars?
Sorry for such a girly post but it really is bothering me.

Thanks in advance
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: anniehine on April 02, 2010, 10:32:39 AM
Hi Ohsobright,

Not ridiculous at all, I'm sure most of the women on here will have had the same issues!  Why dont you shave the leg except for the scar area, that's what I started off doing. Then I plucked any remaining hairs out with tweezers-then you can moniter your pain/sensitivity/numb areas closely.  Bit time consuming but pays off in terms of building confidence to do it next time!  I'm always scared that the ripping motion of waxing might tear my skin!!

Good luck!!

Annie.
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: vickster on April 02, 2010, 10:45:33 AM
Horrid smelly stuff, but could you try a sensitive skin Immac - maybe one meant for bikini line?
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: Silkncardcrafts on April 02, 2010, 11:19:23 AM
I prefer to wax and do regularly.

If the scar is fairly new just ask them to go around the scar.
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: KW on April 02, 2010, 03:16:59 PM
I opt to shave and go very careful around the scar getting as close as I can with out actually going over the scar. 

If you have that numb/icky/odd spot just to the outside of you incision I'm not sure how the Wax Removal Process is going to feel.  I am 7 months post Partial Replacement and I still don't think I could wax that "numb spot" with out having to be removed from the ceiling. The "numb spot" I have is sensitive and even running a razor over it is a icky kind of feeling.

Karen
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: mmrocker13 on April 02, 2010, 04:30:12 PM
I epilate, and have had no issues going over the scar...except for the fact that I have that "broken nerve" sensation and that that leg in general is a bit more sensitive, just b/c it's been in a brace for 10 weeks. But it hasn't hurt it at all.
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: tez27 on April 02, 2010, 07:47:53 PM
All I can say is thank you all, I have not even had my surgery yet and I was worried about shaving my legs, I am one of these hairy people who shave there legs every morning in the shower and was wondering how it would go after surgery, how long etc before I could start shaving and how it would feel, so I shall keep a close eye on this thread and get all the advice that is going.
Tez   
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: vickster on April 02, 2010, 08:35:12 PM
Perhaps get your legs waxed before the surgery (if you can) so as not to shave immediately?
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: oohheykate on April 03, 2010, 12:50:37 AM
I was able to shave over my scars at about two months post-op. I'm sure I would have been able to shave before that, but I just couldn't get used to the feeling and I was in an immobilizer. Haha. It felt weird and still feels weird since I have loss of sensation and when I touch one spot I feel it in a different spot. I sit in the bathroom and giggle whenever I shave over my knee. It didn't take long to get used to the loss of sensation. I do, however, go slower over the scars then the rest of my leg.
Title: Re: a shallow girly question
Post by: ohsobright on April 04, 2010, 09:03:31 PM
Thank you all.
Karen- i do have the numb/icky/odd spot and i think that is what is really freaking me out. I have real trouble touching that part. However with all these suggestions and encouragement i am armed with the razor to give it a go. 3 weeks out of cast brace and i am fed up apologising to OS and physio for my hairiness.

Thanks again ladies.