Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Happy these days I guess. Didn't know I had so many laugh lines either. This is a good thing.

29 comments:

  1. You look absolutely amazing! I still cant believe all of this is FINALLY over for the both of us - it's been a long journey!

    Keep smiling because you look beautiful! :)

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  2. Hi,

    I'm sgguy from singapore, a country in south-east asia..

    I did upper and lower jaw surgery abt 3 wks ago... now my lower lip and chin and 95% numb.. i bought a bottle of Vitamin B12 tablets... 120 tablets , each tablet 50mcg.. is it the right supplement to get for healing those nerves and getting feeling back?

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  3. It might help, yes. There is a little evidence that it may, but it's not substantial. 3 weeks is not that long - I think it was about 45 days before I got feeling back, and trust me... it's SLOW and it doesn't happen all at once. Try not to worry... I know it's so much easier said than done. Massage your face a little bit - that might help somewhat too. I practiced the alphabet and just tried to stretch a bit each day. Walking and exercise can also help recovery speed along faster. Good luck. Factor in your age - the younger the better.

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  4. Hi, sgguy here again.. i'm the same age as u.. i haven't done much massages or such but i'm trying to go for runs abt once a week.. the lifestyle i had before surgery.. now it's jus the numbness i'm worried.. maybe i'm jus paranoid but for one month doesn't seem to have any changes abt the numbness... and yes numbness affects pronounciation and talking a little..

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  5. Sgguy again... and yea.. not to mention i've been using a teaspoon instead of tablespoon to eat my meals and watever stuff..and there's some difficulty in getting food into the mouth completely without messing up ..hmmmm

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  6. Yep - sounds about right Sgguy. You can count on waiting at least a couple of months for the numbness to start fading. I remember in May still feeling pretty numb. That's 3 months +.
    Just be patient. It takes FOREVER.

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  7. hey. you look great!
    I was doing an online research about jaw surgery when I came across your blog. Do you know if they would perform the surgery just for cosmetic reason alone? Also, I tried looking through your blog but couldn't find how much about the surgery would cost.
    Thanks in advance!

    DA

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  8. Hi!!! First of all thanks for creating this blog it is very helpful. I'm 17 and it's been 2 weeks since my surgery, would be great if I could get your e-mail or something so I can ask you LOTS of questions thanks :D

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  9. Hi DA - I don't know if they would do it for cosmetic reasons only. Maybe call one of the surgeons in your area / call their offices and ask. The cost for me was covered by OHIP (Canadian health care system), but I did pay $3000 for aftercare costs and follow up. Wasn't happy about that. I did read a blog that put the cost in the ballpark of 10k. Don't quote me on that.

    One thing I would have to wonder is why you would have this for cosmetic reasons alone. It's a LONG recovery. If you have good functioning and you aren't being told it is required, then you might be overestimating the way your jaw looks. Not my business, but just a thought.

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  10. D- you can email me at troublebunny@hotmail.com if you have more questions. Cheers.

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  11. Hi, sgguy here... can i add u on MSN?

    I dun know if i'm imagining things but it seems my chin got some needles poking feeling..

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  12. Hi! I was wondering for how long after the surgery did your smile look "normal"? Because It's been 6 weeks since my surgery but my smile looks kind of weird... so I hope it changes

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  13. Hey - it took about 3-4 months, maybe 5. Looooooooooooooooooongest wait ever. I know. I'm just glad that it actually does look normal - in fact, I don't feel normal unless I AM smiling now. Used to be opposite.

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  14. I just read your blog from beginning to end and you look amazing! I'm a 49 1/2 year-old mom and I'm looking into having both upper and lower jaws advanced and my chin advanced. I have dealt with TMJ and bite problems for most of my adult life. It was recommended 10 years ago that I do this but I had a 3 year-old and a 5 year-old and it just wasn't good timing, as you can imagine. I REALLY want to do this and my surgeon says I'll get great results. I'm not worried about the recovery too much. I have a very good pain tolerance and have had 2 C-sections, a hysterectomy/abdominoplasty, lipo suction, one TMJ surgery and survived all of them! I'm glad I found this blog which has linked me to others so I'll be able to go back and reference them when I'm wondering "WHAT THE HECK HAVE I DONE?" Thanks for sharing!

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  15. wow!!! you look amazing!!!!! didn't you feel weird at the moment, without braces??

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  16. Thank you so much for posting your experience. I'm having upper and lower jaw surgery in nine months, and I've been stressed out not knowing what to expect...I was so excited to come across your blog! I've been feeling so bad for myself ;) but it's nice to know I'm not the only 30-something in this situation. And you're hilarious, btw!

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  17. I had my sugery on the 3rd of Feb, I am at my 4 week mark, and it's been a rough road so far. I am 37, and am hoping the feeling comes back like "Jaw surgery aficionado" did. I liked what she had to day because my symptoms are almost identical to hers. I had a lot of mixed emotions after sugery( mine took 10.5 hours. I had a ton of stuff done) but now after a month has gone by its getting better.

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  18. Wow I saw the before and after shots of you and you look amazing now !
    Im very happy for you:)
    How much did it cost for the jaw surgery? i dont have dental insurance and i also live in canada but i have money saved up.
    And im dying to get this surgery done to fix my receding chin/overbite.

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  19. The surgery is covered by OHIP in Canada. I paid an additional 3K for aftercare / check ups. That was a year ago now.
    Good luck,
    JSA.

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  20. I have heard from another person that lived in canada and he had to pay over 10 grand for the surgery. Do i have to be qualified for this surgery? I mean my teeth are straight from having had braces before but it didnt really fix my bite and from the profile side view its not symmetrical like yours before.

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  21. My orthodontist referred me and it wasn't considered cosmetic at all... I made sure of that. So I can't speak to whether or not you would have to pay for yours. I can't see why you would elect for this voluntarily based on cosmetic reasons alone. It is a long recovery. If you don't need it, I would try to see about other options to make your smile more appealing to you. Cheers, JSA.

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  22. Hey JAS,
    How long was it after your sugery that you got all the feeling back in your face. I am pretty much numb from my nostrils to the bottom of my chin. My Doc told me that I could exspect up to 6 months????

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  23. AnonymousJune 05, 2010

    you really look amazing! my surgery is next month, I hope my result will be Similar to yours..can I ask what they did exactly to your upper and lower jaw? did the surgeon move your upper jaw to the back or up?
    thank you for sharing this with us

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  24. Hi - they moved my upper jaw up - didn't move forward or back, but sort of cut away a bunch of gum or something and lifted it up... I didn't really want to know to tell you the truth. But I had a horse-gum like smile if that helps. Now, I do not. This is good.

    As for my lower jaw, they moved it forward and gave me a genioplasty too. I'm frankly not THAT crazy about the genioplasty bc I was so used to having a small chin. I feel like I have this mongo chin now, but it's just a big adjustment I guess. It isn't big, it just seems that way to me. I had the bones in my lower jaw cut and using titanium screws and plates, they lengthened the lower by about 5-7 mm.

    My jaw is working GREAT. I can open wider now than pre-surgery, and it doesn't click or hurt anymore. No headaches either. Teeth are straight, no relapsing. It's good.

    Good luck to you!!! Tough out the first 2 weeks and it gets slowly better from there. It's a BIG journey of delicate recovery, but it's been good for me.

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  25. Hi there...I have had a bsso (lower jaw advancement) and genio done 6 and a half weeks ago, and have so many of the feelings you describe on this blog. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, it has helped to figure out a lot of what is probably going on with me too!

    May ask you though, do you remember if the "stiffness" that you felt was something like a feeling of having your nerve underneath your chin stretched? I do have sometimes this stiffness you describe. When I try to smile there is resistance, just like my nerve is being stretched, and after i talk for a while too...Also, when you first started to regain feeling in the chin area, did it only tingle when you touched it? I can sort of feel my chin, but it only tingles when I touch, I don't really "feel" the touch. It's been like this for like 10 days.

    Thanks so much, if you happen to come across this and have the time to answer me

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  26. I think you are way cool for going thru all of this and posting on here. I got braces on today (22 years of age and second time around..), scheduled for jaw surgery aimed for next summer to fix severe 10mm overbite and TMJ issues. Tryin to learn as much as I can to prepare for it! Thanks for all the info on your site!

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  27. It's been 4 1/2 weeks since my TMJ Athroplasty to repair and reposition my disc. I went to work for 2 weeks and now I'm at home again. I guess the healing takes time? How long did it take you to recover enough to work again?

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  28. Corrective jaw surgery is a treatment that involves the close collaboration of your orthodontist with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You should maintain the liquid diet you were given in the hospital until the first few days after your surgery. Thanks for sharing such valuable post.

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