Monday, November 22, 2010

Six weeks Post Op!!!!



I know you have seen this before picture a ton of times but it doesn't get old to me how much better my profile is!  :)

SIX WEEKS POST OP!
YEAH!
I am so happy I cant stand it!  Feeling SO much better!  Energy is almost totally back.  I am even thinking of starting Bikram "hot" Yoga in two weeks. It is 90 minutes of yoga is 110 degree room so that may be pushing it a bit but we will see.  Just so happy to start to feel "normal" again.

Numbness is still there.  It is really annoying at times and sometimes it doesn't bother me at all.  Just depends.  The good news is that I can start to feel light touch on my lower lip and chin which is a good sign that the feeling will totally come back eventually.  So that is great news. The most annoying part of this is that when I rub my finger over my chin it gives me a crazy strange feeling in my teeth, almost like I am biting into tin foil.  That is just the nerves regrouping.  My teeth are quite sensitive.  Another strange thing is that when I bite down on my back left teeth I get a strange tingling in my chin.  Who the heck knows what that is all about.  The roof of my mouth is still totally numb but my surgeon says that will come back.

I am still stiff in my upper lip which is causing a distorted smile but this too is getting better.  Surgeon man says it takes time.  Everything takes time with this surgery!!  It doesn't help that I should have done it when I was 18 and now that I am 35 it takes longer to recover.  My surgeon says I am recovering very well with my "age".  Ha, I feel geriatric when it comes to this surgery!

I have been cleared to eat!  Horray!  I am taking it slow but was able to eat some really thin tortilla chips with queso.  It felt really good to be able to bite into something!  Still strange to chew but I need to get some practice in with Thanksgiving this week!  :)  It is also so strange to have a normal bite.  I am so used to only being able to chew with my back teeth.  So fun!

Breathing- I had no idea how much better I would be able to breathe after this surgery.  It is amazing and wonderful!  That in itself would have made the surgery worthwhile!

Even with my stiff mouth and numbness....I can already say that I am so glad I had this done!!!  It was a real pain in the ass and the first week I was way more miserable than I could have ever imagined.  But, I had such a strong support system that I got through it.  Best decision, I ever made (other than deciding to give my husband my phone number when we met at a bar, and deciding to have a third child :)


12 comments:

  1. Hey Mandy...you look great! I'm not sure if you've noticed but you actually look way slimmer from your profile!...Makes it look sexy now:))
    Bev

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  2. Hey Mandy! Yes, you are looking really good! Glad to hear that you are slowly getting that feeling back. That must be relieving! I know you are thrilled with your new profile but how does being less gummy feel? I am hoping my profile does not change much!

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  3. BracedFaced- Do you have an idea of how much movement the surgeon has planned. That should give you an idea of how drastic your look will change afterwards. For example, my lower jaw was moved forward a total of 15mm which is a TON which is why my profile looks so different. My upper jaw was moved up 6mm I believe.

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  4. Hi Mandy! The surgeon said that he doesn't want to shorten my face too much and that I will likely still have a gummy smile afterwards. I show at lease a full centimeter now when I smile but I think he only wants to impact me 5mm. He hasn't said how much for my bottom jaw but I plan to ask him when I go back on Monday. I am hoping not much because I do not have a weak chin right now. My profile is strong and my chin is big. If he moves it too far forward, I will need genioplasty. I don't want the genioplasty though because it would be removing bone to make my chin smaller, not making it longer, and I think that would make my face even more short and square off my jaw too much. Keep your fingers crossed for me! I will post again on Monday when I get back from asking him a zillion questions!

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  5. You DO look tons thinner in your "new" profile! I know you've lost some weight but WOW! :) Good Luck w/ the yoga! My husband does heating/cooling and had to work in one of those one day. He said it was waaaayyyy HOT (and he wasn't talkin' about the girls in spandex! ;) ) Have a great Thanksgiving Puma Partner! Does it ever hurt to chew? I "try" and my left side is very sore still. I was told this is normal but I'm close to 3 months post op! I would think I should be able to chew better than this. I had trouble with chili last night! :( XOXOX E

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  6. You look awesome! You are such a strong woman - able to handle the stress and pains of the surgery and manage a family. You rock! Such an inspiration in my books!

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  7. Thanks so much for all the kind words. I appreciate it more than you all know! :)

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  8. Mandy - have you noticed that, in addition to having a fantastic profile and slimmer look you also look younger?!? Seriously, your results couldn't have been better!! You had a miracle surgeon! I'm so glad to hear that you think the breathing alone would have made this surgery worth it. Breathing problems are one of the main functional issues I have that I'm hoping will be corrected (or made better at least) by this surgery!

    Again, just have to say, you look fantastic!!! WOW!!

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  9. Hi Mandy! I keep looking at your pics and you look soooo good! Most with maxilla impaction end up with a shorter face and yours does not look shorter to me. You look like you only better! I really, really, really hope that my results are similar to yours! You are on my list of favorite after pics!!! :-)

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  10. One more thing! I know you said somewhere but now I can't find it in your posts...what all did you have done? How many mm were you impacted? How many mm was your lower jaw moved forward, etc??

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  11. you look like a 20 year old lady! :-)

    Karine

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  12. I've just been reading through your blog with interest. I am now 7 days post op so have plenty of time on my hands. First of all just wanted to say you look fantastic. You must be delighted. It's good to find some overbite stories. My overbite is or was 11mm they brought my lower forward about 8 mm and upper moved up 3mm and slightly forward. I can already see my lower jaw is more defined and I have a chin but my cheeks are still swollen. I'm hoping my surgeon is similar to yours and I can have a mushy diet soon. I've lost 14ib in a week and feel very weak. Feel confident about the outcome just hope my surgeon is as talented as yours :)

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