This is the time when a young mother with a ‘pulsating’ tumor on her head removes it after two years of poor diagnosis.
Lauren Brook has lived with an incredible swelling, the size of a golf ball protruding from her forehead, just below her hairline for the past two years, only to be discovered and removed after a visit to a central London clinic.
The swelling worsened after the birth of her son last year, and she is left crying for failing to take a sweet photo with her younger sister due to a lack of confidence on the mark.
‘I have had this mysterious tumor for about two years, and no one has given me the right diagnosis,’ he says in the episodes recorded for the brand new episode of The Bad Skin Clinic on Quest Red.
‘I’m very curious to know what it is.’
Lauren Brook has lived with an incredible swelling, the size of a golf ball from her forehead, just below the hairline for the past two years.
This is when Lauren – who had a ‘pulsating’ tumor on her head was removed after two years of poor diagnosis.
Although the swelling does not cause any pain to Lauren, it does swell and swell under her skin.
‘It feels like a blow to my forehead, like a little heartbeat. It’s always on my mind, ‘he says.
But worse, the lump has given Lauren confidence in the fall, making her an isolated figure.
‘It just puts a lot of stress into my daily life. I don’t trust myself anymore, ‘he says.
‘I just don’t want to be out; I do not want people to see me. ‘
Having given birth to her son a year ago, Lauren admits that she has seen the tumor grow rapidly over the past 12 months.
Lauren Brook is seen on the clinic bed talking to Dr Emma and Nurse Mottie. The swelling worsened after she gave birth to her son last year, and she is left crying for failing to take a sweet photo with her younger sister due to a lack of confidence in the brand.
Although the swelling does not cause Lauren, who is in the picture, any pain, throbbing and tingling under her skin.
“In the last year since I had my baby, it has been growing more and more,” she says.
‘The more stress I feel, the bigger it looks and the more it looks.’
As a new mother, Lauren feels that her swelling has a devastating effect on her son’s life as well, preventing him from photographing both of them.
‘Swelling affected my son’s first year; we don’t have so many memories and pictures, ‘she says with tears in her eyes.
As a new mother, Lauren feels that her swelling has a devastating effect on her son’s life as well, preventing him from photographing both of them. Dr. Emma looked to remove it
Hoping to say good-bye for her long-suffering forehead, Lauren visits Dermatologist Dr. Emma Craythorne at her central London clinic, where she tells Dr. Emma how much the inflammation affects her. Photo at the clinic
‘When I’m on social media I see all the new moms with all their pictures. It just makes me sad. ‘
Hoping to say good-bye for her long-suffering forehead, Lauren visits Dermatologist Dr. Emma Craythorne at her central London clinic, where she tells Dr. Emma how much the inflammation affects her.
“When I start the day it is as small as it is now, but at the end of the day it becomes bigger,” he says.
‘You can see it throbbing, and I can feel the pressure on my forehead.’
Lauren even describes how the swelling has grown since giving birth to her son. “In fact about an hour after giving birth, I realized it was huge,” she says. Picture after removal
Lauren even describes how the swelling has grown since giving birth to her son. “In fact about an hour after giving birth, I realized it was huge,” she says.
‘All the nurses kept saying,’ What happened to your forehead ?! ‘
‘So you removed one tumor, and found another?’ he jokes.
Dressed in medical gloves, Dr. Emma carefully examines Lauren’s swelling.
“I mean I’ve seen a lot of lipomas in my time, and none of them have this story,” he says.
What is vascular malformations?
Vascular damage is a general term that addresses congenital vascular dysfunction.
For some patients the deformity will only affect their arteries, while for some it will cause problems in their lymph nodes only, with some of them experiencing deformity in their arteries and veins at the same time.
The condition occurs at birth but will appear at different ages, depending on the patient.
Experts still do not fully understand what causes disabilities to occur.
Tests are performed to detect the possibility that they are genetic.
However, scientists believe that most disabilities are caused by the development of affected blood vessels.
Symptoms of vascular malformations may vary depending on where the body is affected.
Venous damage can cause pain at the site of an abnormal condition.
They can usually cause swelling under the skin, and there may be an excessive birthmark on the skin.
Bleeding or discharge from the skin is also common.
Although surgery is often necessary to help control a patient’s condition, surgeons rarely eliminate vascular malformations in their entirety.
The result is often that after surgery the patient’s disability will reappear.
‘Whenever I squeeze that vein, it fills with blood; it becomes logged in. That’s why it’s getting so big, ‘he comments as he points his fingers at the lump.
‘Every time I put my finger in the vein, you could see it expanding.’
Then Dr. Emma gives him her diagnosis – and it is much more difficult than she had previously expected.
“It’s not lipoma, and it’s not swelling,” he says.
‘This is completely related to the small arteries and veins we have in our bodies. This is something called vascular paralysis. ‘
In other words, the small blood vessels in Lauren’s head are connected, thus making it difficult for them to run properly.
‘Sometimes you can get it from scratching your head,’ Dr Emma continues.
‘Sometimes it can be there forever and in fact the growth hormone that occurs in pregnancy and childbirth pressure, all of these things can be’ discovered ‘.’
For Lauren, it is a cause for concern.
‘Will it explode, will I bleed?’ She asks nervously.
But Dr. Emma assures him that there is nothing to worry about.
“We will do an examination, and then I will go through that examination with one of my colleagues – Mr Ong – and his expertise is in treating these vascular defects,” he says.
“Although this seems to be on the skin, it sometimes spreads beneath the muscles and up to the bone,” he adds.
Following her diagnosis, the treatment plan is consolidated – with Mr Ong and Dr Emma deciding to place Lauren under general anesthesia to remove the tumor once and for all.
On the day of the operation, the calm Lauren was taken to surgery when Mr Ong started by shaving off part of his head.
“I just put the incision on the fine crease behind the hairline, so that it finally fits snugly into the hair,” Mr Ong says, before his first pruning, cutting the skin and tissue behind Lauren’s hairline.
“I just cut the layers of the scalp, so now I can get into this position,” he says.
‘Although it is a very big incision, once it recovers, you will not be able to see it.’
Exfoliating the back layers of the skin of Lauren’s head, Mr Ong finally exposes the vascular malformations that are the source of Lauren’s head swelling.
Carefully, Mr. Ong and his team are relaxing their nerves and starting to grab the disability without being affected, and it is hard work.
“The danger of this is that you go through the skin,” he says. ‘It is fair to remove his volume as much as possible and make sure he does not return, but at the same time keep his forehead as beautiful as possible.’
Eventually, a collection of blood vessels is released from inside Lauren’s head after a major operation.
Move forward for several weeks, and Lauren is back on her feet and back at Dr. Emma’s clinic after her surgery.
‘Yes, they had to cut me off from here to here,’ he says, drawing half a circle from his left ear, over his head, and down to his right ear.
Fortunately, the surgery – as Dr. Emma can see for itself – was a complete success.
‘Nothing at the moment, it’s all soft,’ he says, passing his thumb over Lauren’s forehead.
‘You know, once this wound is gone, you’ll never go back!’
Happily, Lauren can look forward to the future without any worries!
‘It really is amazing,’ he wonders. ‘I feel happy all the time.’
For Dr. Emma, Lauren’s transformation – physically and mentally – is not surprising.
“Seeing Lauren full of beans after a major operation is amazing,” she says. ‘
He is very confident now and is ready to face the world. ‘
The new series The Bad Skin Clinic will be shown at 10pm tonight on Quest Red, or stream on discovery +