During my surgery recovery process I've been taking pictures of myself with either my blackberry or photobooth, just for myself or my family to see the changes. But I've decided I have the guts to share them with the world. I've been looking at some other people's blogs online (just google jaw surgery). It's amazing the support people are getting from each other, reading what the experience is like and seeing pictures of others' progress. If I can be of help to someone in this way, I want to be!
I've already written about my 2 surgeries in the blog. One was a rapid palate expansion in March 08, and the other was lower jaw augmentation + chin reshaping which happened 19 days ago. Just click the label "surgery" at the end of this post to read all of them. If you have any questions or concerns about your jaw surgery that I might be able to help with, just comment on this post. My jaw surgery was fairly minor compared to what some other people have had done, but I'll pass on any advice I have!
OK so onto the pictures...
Summer 2007, before I had ANYTHING. No braces, no surgery yet.
Summer 2008. Braces on for one year, surgically-assisted upper palate expansion finished. You can see how much wider my smile is, but check out that overbite!
Feb 3/10, Mom & I right before I went into surgery... last time with my old smile!
X-Ray... on the LEFT is post-surgery, on the RIGHT is before I had surgery. Not a huge difference... lower jaw came forward 5mm, chin went down 2mm. And 2 top wisdom teeth came out.
Feb 3/10, a few hours after surgery. Not impressed. Check out the spit/blood sucker!
Feb 4/10, one day after surgery. Oxygen = easy breathing. Ice packs = help with swelling and feels so good. Mom kept these on me every night for like 5 days after surgery, which REALLY helped the swelling go down much faster than normal. The doctors couldn't BELIEVE it. Look how drugged I look haha.
Feb 5/10 - holy swelling!!!! This is as big as I got. Check out the double chin. This was the day I was discharged (2 nights in hospital, could have only been 1 but I opted to stay). We are at the hotel here. This 2 days before the hell of nausea broke out.
Feb 10/10, at the hotel. Swelling down considerably. On this day I went to a movie with Mom and to Jolene's for supper, so I was feeling alright!
Feb 17/10, 2 weeks after surgery. Looking almost normal! Lip is still fat and still some swelling around the jaw. Oh yeah I'm home now. Also I am eating pasta and cake normally, no blender for soft stuff!
Feb 17/10 again. My elastics kept breaking so I went to the orthodontist and they gave me a big bag of them, I wear a triangle on each side and change them every night.
Feb 22/10, 19 days since surgery. Feeling is SLOWLY coming back to my lower lip and chin, still some swelling of my lower lip so my smile still looks weird to me. But if you didn't know me beforehand you wouldn't know I had surgery! I ate chicken stirfry tonight with a roll, yogurt with blueberrys for dessert, and I chewed the works of it! No pain at all.
That's it! When my braces are OFF I'll have to post pics from beginning to end. It's about a 3 year process by the time it's all done. Nuts! Hope you weren't too scared by the pics!
Update: September 2010
I am all done! Goodbye braces, hello retainers! :)