Jaw Surgery - A Painful Business!

Olivia By Olivia, 1st Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Surgery - it's a painful business! if you are considering any procedure, I think you will find this article very useful. It is about my own surgery - jaw surgery, to be specific. So, was the pain worth it?

Jaw Surgery - Why Bother?

From the age of 14, dentists were telling me my teeth weren't perfect. I could cope with that, but when I got to 16, they started to constantly measure my bite and jawline. "You're going to have to have surgery to fix that" I was told. Feeling imperfect isn't the nicest thing - the pressures on society to be beautifly flawless are ridiculous. "We can make you look perfect" they told me...perfect?! Was I imperfect then? To be honest, as a teenager I never really recognised my jaw...then I started making YouTube videos - people I didn't know were soon commenting asking me why my mouth was slightly strange, and if I realised I looked a bit odd. However, by this point I had decided to have the surgery. To be honest personally I noticed it more and more after the dentists said they could make me perfect. I was naive at 16, but I had to consent by the time I was 17, otherwise the NHS would not pay for the operation. You can see my profile in the picture with my 'old' jaw.

Documenting The Facts

I decided to do a YouTube channel, blogging about the facts and details of pre and post surgery (if you want a link to it, let me know!). I detailed lots of things about the preparation and my feelings towards the surgery. For me, it was mainly cosmetic - I grew more conscious of my profile and bite, as my bottom jaw was pertruding forward more and more. I had what is commonly known as an "underbite". Lots of people reading this article may have this type of jaw - for me, I just chose that I wanted to align my bite and make my face more symmetrical.

About The Surgery

Jaw surgery is highly invasive. I won't tell you all of the details, but they break and cut away bits of skull, replacing it with metal plates that are screwed into the bone to fix the jaw in place. I was extremely nervous, but excited too! I had braces on for a year and a half to align my teeth, then when I was 20 I was finally eligible to have the surgery. Living in England and consenting to the surgery under the age of 18, I am extremely lucky to have had the surgery free of charge. I believe in America it can cost up to $20,000, and with braces, even more. After the surgery, it was very painful. I had to be fed food through a syringe and was on a liquid diet for a month and a half, dropping four dress sizes! After about two months, I began to eat substantially more food again. The picture attached is my jaw after surgery!

So, Was It Worth The Time And Pain?

I have spoken to a few boys and girls, men and women about this type of jaw surgery. This was truly and honestly the best thing I have ever done. Surgery is a controversial issue sometimes, and it may not be for everyone, but I am personally so so so much happier now i've had the surgery! Yes, the time and pain is really worth it! Be sure to check that it is right for you, and if it is what you really want, then please go for it! It is certainly better for my teeth in later life, too - an underbite can wear away the bone because of the way you bite food - but overall, for me it served more of a cosmetic purpose.

If you would like any more information or a link to my online YouTube channel which has earlier blogs about jaw surgery etc. please let me know!

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Cosmetic Dentistry, Cosmetic Surgery Procedures, Cosmetic Value, Jaw Exercises, Jawbone, Jaws

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author avatar Tranquilpen
1st Mar 2012 (#)

Hello Olivia, So glad it's over, looks good to me, wasn't sure, was that a laugh about to burst out in the bottom pic? Could be mistaken. So happy for you, my daughter had problems with her jaw but it was corrected without surgery. I will give her your page link. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
1st Mar 2012 (#)

Olivia, you are a beautiful young lady, with or without jaw surgery. I'm sorry you had to go through so much pain :-) I'm glad you got it fixed if nothing else for health reasons. hugs Mel

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author avatar avery sandiego
1st Mar 2012 (#)

wow interesting and a successful cosmetic surgery!beautiful!...I would like to have a chin augmentation someday

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author avatar Buzz
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Very important information. Thanks.

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author avatar Denise O
4th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you for sharing a obvious painful time in your life. You look marvelous! Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Olivia
13th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you so much for all of your kind comments! I can only hope that this article serves as an aid to those considering facial surgery! Your responces are so kind, now I know I did the right thing for me! xx

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