So Dd2 is having her bottom jaw added to by 1.4 cms, her lip loosened, her chin reduced. There has been talk of reshaping the top jaw too. She has to have 12 to 18th of braces first to get the teeth in the right spot for surgery and than another 6 months after.
So has anyone had this or something similar done.
What advice do have?
Any questions you think we should ask?
Did you have trouble with your chin going to floppy?
Anything you could share about your experience?
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22-01-2016 21:42 #1
Anyone had a chin reduction? Or jaw surgery?
22-01-2016 21:54 #2
@theboysandme had jaw surgery not too long ago - hopefully she can help!
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22-01-2016 22:26 #3
22-01-2016 22:42 #4
I've had genioplasty (chin moved) a 3 piece Le forte I and a bilateral sagital split osteotomy. So basically they reshape my face and put it back together.
I had braces for about 18 months pre and the same post. Had the surgery done about a month after I turned 21 so coming up to 9 years ago this year.
It was one of the most awful things I've ever had done and it took at least 6 weeks to feel at all normal again. But now, all this time later, it was absolutely by far the best thing I've had done. And I felt like that after those 6 weeks were up. I hated the way I looked and I never really felt like me, the difference was incredible.
Any questions I'm happy to answer
23-01-2016 00:38 #5
My (now ex) DH had similar surgery about 2 yrs ago. Lower jaw cut and pulled back, similar reconstruction to the top jaw - he now has metal plates in both jaws. He has the surgery because he had a benign tumour on his jaw joint that resulted in his face growing out of shape.
The surgery was tough, a fair bit of pain and a pretty long recovery..but he will tell you it was categorically worth it! Although in the recovery phase I'm pretty sure he wished he'd never done it! His face shape is much more even now and he is extremely happy with the results. He hasn't had any complications/chin issues.
Advice - find lots of smooth/liquid foods she enjoys. Discuss pain management with your surgeon and anesthetist. Be prepared for a tough recovery.
23-01-2016 10:35 #6
I changed surgeons for my big one but previously had all 4 wisdoms out and the roof of my mouth split so my expander would work. I was only in overnight but my anaesthetist gave me a PCA and said use it if you need, no bother if you don't. I used it once.
Fast forward to big surgery. Different surgeon and anaesthetist and hospital, didn't discuss analgesia pre op. There plan was pain stop day. That's it. I had the biggest migraine of my life and was in tears by about 5 hours post when everything wore off until my surgeon did his round hours later in the morning. He then prescribed 2 hourly pethedine injections. I couldn't sit anywhere because my butt was so sore. If I had have felt more up to it I would of told them to shove it and call the anaesthetist and arrange a PCA or something else but I couldn't even talk.
I ended up staying in 5 days then demanding discharge as I just wanted to be home with my mum. I think that my bad recovery lies squarely at the responsibility of my nursing care post op and my pain management, or lack of. Different hospital could have made a huge difference!
23-01-2016 10:46 #7
23-01-2016 14:45 #8
Is there anything that you wish you knew before hand?
I need to write questions for the surgeon. Dds anxiety is too high.
How long did you have to have off work?
How long were you in hospital?
Have had any on going issues?
How long before you were eating properly again?
When you say you hated the way you looked and didn't feel like you was that before or after?
Thank you so much.
23-01-2016 14:51 #9
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23-01-2016 14:57 #10
DH was in hospital 6 nights including 1 night in ICU.
Off work for 12 wks, but the norm is 6wks - he's a firefighter so wouldn't be able to wear a face mask, so needed to be 100% functional to return to work.
Eating liquid food for a week (sustain, smoothies) very soft (mashed potato style) for 2 weeks. Improved every week though. Couldn't eat steak for 3mths. He lost about 5kgs, but was a big muscle firefighter to begin with.
Only ongoing issue is some very occasional irritation from one of the screws in his upper jaw near his nose.
He has no regrets...loves his "new" better proportioned face. It was a long haul but worth it.
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