I mentioned that I seared my face in the icy Cornish breezes. It quickly developed into a red and swollen mess - I suppose the enhanced 'cheekbones' were a kind of bonus - and later on into a tight, painful and itchy mask. A few days ago I went to see the doctor about a couple of things, and this was one of them. I was assured that it would all fade. And gradually it has. Most of my face is now back to normal, and I'm just left with red puffy eyes. However, it's all been bad enough for me not to take the customary pictures of myself, and to go easy on socialising. But by tomorrow (Monday) even my eyes should look unremarkable.
Just as well, because I'm off to Trevor Sorbie for another trim, and I want to look good. Well, goodish. This will be the last visit to the hair salon before the op. I'm timing it so that the next will be in early April, when I will - with care - be up and around and able to drive myself into Brighton. (My usual underground car park in The Lanes is less than a minute from Trevor Sorbie, so I can easily stagger the distance, though heavy post-hairdo shopping won't be a wise thing to do)
This searing of the face was a new experience, and one I'll be wary of in the future. It was too uncomfortable to repeat.
But there's always a silver lining. The healed bits of my face now feel softer and smoother, as if I'd had one of those chemical treatments that remove the topmost layer of skin. It's a little too early to say that my face really is rejuvenated, but my fingertips tell me it is.
I'm therefore interested to see how my eyes turn out. They're still surrounded by partially-swollen tissue, and so the eyes themselves look narrower, but the skin around them is plumped out and wrinkle-free. Will they turn out to be all freshened-up, like the rest of my face? Or will the wrinkles be worse than ever before? For the present they seem strangely different from old, oddly more feminine. I wonder if there will be some permanent development there. I will post some shots as soon as I look presentable again.