Oh it does help - so much, Roberta! And yes, it will help to share. Your words, and the sweet messages from Mismi and Ossobuco have already raised my spirits. So good not to have to pretend to be brave!
I think the surgeon felt that the area the tumour covers is quite large - he said he'd have to take away the surrounding area too, just to be sure he got it all. Hence the warning about the scar. He did say that they would take the V shaped flap of skin from an area of my cheek where the scar would eventually 'fall' (can't remember his exact words) into the natural fold of the cheek. He said an awful lot, but I doubt if I took it all in - still have loads of questions. In summation, he said it would take about a year for the lividity of the scar to fade, and that I'd have to massage lots with oil or moisturiser to stop the 'lumpiness' of the scarred area. The surgical registrar said there is make-up to hide scars - I'll have to find out about that.
On the positive side, it does give me an excuse to buy a new outfit - for my next trip to hospital for my op! And to start looking round for some big floppy hats. Oh yes, and the surgeon said I had good skin! Nice to know - wonder if they meant for cutting into! (Gallows humour!)
I have had pre-cancerous cells removed twice before - once by an operation and once by laser. Long time ago. Thought there might be a connection but surgeon said no - big relief. My biggest mistake was looking up skin cancer on the internet - oops, not a good idea!!! Some horrendous photographs of worst case scenarios. In future I'll stick to A2k!