June 27th, 2016 I underwent double jaw surgery. I am 6 weeks post-op now, therefore i thought it was time to talk about my story to you all because it might help someone going through what I went through. Up until I used to be 19 years old, I’ve always battled with feeling confident in my smile because unlike all of my other friends, I put crooked, uneven tooth.
It definitely affected my self-esteem – the appearance of my tooth made me shut down from certain people. I had been afraid individuals were judging me based off of my tooth. It wasn’t until I began working, that I could afford braces. Having braces really did increase my self-confidence – I was no more self-conscious about smiling with my teeth or laughing. One day, my orthodontist explained braces alone wouldn’t normally fully right my tooth – he explained to me that I had an open up and under bite, which would require surgery to repair my bite problem.
He told me that easily do not get surgery I could experience grinding, which could lead to even more damage. I already knew I put a bite problem, but I had formed no idea I’d need jaw surgery especially since this might be my 3rd major surgery. After doing some heavy research, I went with having surgery forwards.
As you can view, my front tooth do not touch jointly, which is why I’ve that open space in-between. WHILE I fulfilled the surgeon, he told me that in order to improve my jaw, he’d need to move both my lower and top jaw. My lower jaw would need to be relocated back again, while my higher jaw would forwards need to be moved.
On top of that, he said he would have to straighten my jaw so that my tooth were focused to my face. I really do show mildly visual photos – viewers discretion is preferred! My last photo with an open and under bite! Apparently this was taken moments before I started falling asleep from the anesthesia. You really can notice my underbite in this picture.
The doctor said surgery was successful! After surgery, I didn’t experience much pain. If anything, it was just distress because my face sensed numb and I couldn’t talk. Day – it was the longest 24 hrs ever I ended up staying right away in the hospital for 1! My stay static in the hospital had not been pleasurable – not because of the nurses and doctors (they were amazing!), but because of just how I was feeling.
I threw up bloodstream twice and felt nauseous the whole time. ONCE I looked at my face for the very first time, the first thing I noticed was how different my nasal area looked. It appeared shorter and more upturned. Apparently, upper jaw surgery causes the nose to widen and look shorter.
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Also my mouth was wired shut with IMF screws, which designed I couldn’t open my mouth in any way. The doctor said I would be wired shut for 4 weeks, and silicone banded for 2 weeks then. I thought once I got home, everything would be ok. Not the case – if anything it got worse. I started experiencing throbbing pain in my own jaw that couldn’t be stopped unless I took oxycodone.
My nasal area was so stuffed up, I could breathe barely. Sleeping was near impossible, I was comfortable never. Being on a liquid diet meant which i had to drink everything through a syringe due to my mouth being wired shut, which was annoying. It was so hard seeing my father and sister eating the most delicious food, when all I had fashioned was a protein drink.
On day 4, was my peak of swelling. It varies for everybody, but usually around day 3 or 4 4, that’s when you should have the most swelling. My lip area were so big, they actually covered my entire chin! This may be a good or bad thing Now. Sometimes it was a bad thing because I started having negative thoughts about this surgery. Week 2 I went into a depressive condition around, which I noticed is normal. I really started to hate my new nose because I sensed it didn’t suit me – I treasured my original nose because it was a mix of my mother and dad’s.