Hello! Recovery is getting a lot easier now! Zero pain, some discomfort… but mostly I am just waiting for my swelling to go down and my bones to heal so I can finally chew (and get this damn splint out of my mouth).
The muscle situated near my left temple aches quite frequently now. Very annoying. Feels like someone is pounding on the side of my head with a sledgehammer. My surgeon said it is because my muscles are trying to move in the old way but my elastic bands are resisting this movement. She also mentioned that it is nothing to worry about but it is such a PAIN IN THE ASS.
Swelling & Bruising
I am still puffy around my cheeks and upper lip. Especially the latter, because that is the area where they slit me open. But the swelling has gone down to the point where a stranger would just think I have a chubby face. Discolouration of my neck and chin is mostly gone! Yay!
2nd Post-Op Appointment
On Day 14, I went to meet my surgeon for the second appointment after surgery. She removed the stitches from the surgical sites, which was uncomfortable and stung quite a bit (quite a bit of blood in my mouth after that). I was really dreading it because I thought it would hurt a lot but it wasn’t that bad I guess, and I feel a lot less stiff now that the stitches have been removed.
My surgeon reduced the number of elastic bands from two on each side to one on each side, and also taught me how to change them. I’m advised to change the bands every other day and to brush the insides of my teeth. With the elastic bands on I can open one finger width. I haven’t replaced the bands yet so I have yet to measure how much I can open my mouth without bands.
Next appointment will be exactly a month after surgery AND I WILL BE REMOVING MY SPLINT!!!!
I AM BARING MY SWOLLEN FACE FOR THE INTERNET. These are portraits taken almost everyday in the first 2 weeks. I’ll add Day 1 when I get it from my mother’s phone. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture on one of the days so… opps.
I don’t think the pictures accurately show how chubby I really am in real life. There is more volume around my cheeks and upper lip in reality. In a 3/4 profile shot, my swollen cheeks have overtaken my cheekbones as the most prominent facial outline.
I am getting my energy back, and am less frequently plagued with less negative thoughts now. Finished all my medication, and I have no need for extra painkillers. I can open my mouth wider, which increases my food options. Not a fan of the texture of blended food, so I have been opting for very small pieces of normal food that I swallow without chewing. I also tried blending fried chicken as I said I would and the texture is disgusting so… don’t do it. The hardest part is definitely over and all that’s left is waiting for my bones to heal and swelling to go down.
Was this surgery worth it? Too early to say, really. My two main reasons for going through with this surgery are to improve my chewing and pronunciation. The splint is still in my mouth so I can’t pronounce properly, and I haven’t tried chewing either. Also, I am not completely satisfied with my appearance right now because I really don’t like the whole ‘chubby cheeks’ business going on with my face. I LOVE my side profile though. But this is not my final face so there’s little I can conclude about appearance at this point.
I’ll answer this question again in the near future, when I am able to judge how much my pronunciation and chewing have improved due to an aligned bite. As of fifteen days post-op, I am not regretting the surgery, and I am optimistic about things. For now, it’s a good position to be in!