Last updated: Jan 20, 2017
UPDATE: Hard to believe it’s been 8 years since my upper jaw advancement surgery! I had my jaw surgery on the morning after election day, 2008, right after Barack Obama had been elected President the first time. I’ve left my old post in its original format, but would like to share a picture of what I look like today:
And here’s the original post, from almost 8 years ago!
It’s been almost 9 months since my upper jaw advancement surgery, and I think I look a lot more like I used to look – except that I have perfect teeth and no puffy jaw from strained biting and chewing.
Lots of people have been asking nose questions. I understand this because that was a big concern of mine before jaw surgery as well:
Hmm, if they’re going to move my upper jaw forward, isn’t that going to change my nose a lot?
Maybe you like your nose as it is and don’t want it to look any different. Or, maybe you’ve just had jaw surgery and don’t like the way your nose turns up much more than usual due to the upper jaw advancement from your jaw surgery.
Remember that your swelling doesn’t fully go away until about 4 months after surgery, impacting your ‘look’ until it subsides. Don’t judge anything till then! You’ll be sorry you wasted all that time worrying.
It may seem like your swelling has disappeared after 4 – 10 weeks. However, some facial swelling remains until around the 4 month mark after your jaw surgery. Your face – and nose position – will continue to change until you reach this stable point.
Also remember that corrective jaw surgery for an underbite or crossbite means your jaw alignment – and nose position – are being adjusted to their correct places. Your nose and your entire face will look different. They will very likely look more in harmony than before your jaw surgery. This is a good thing 🙂
Check out my pictures! I don’t think I look like Miss Piggy, but if I’m mistaken, by all means let me know 😉