Wednesday, September 5, 2012

0 Day 12. New bands arrangement, looking close-to-normal...sometimes

I replaced my bands with the new arrangement my surgeon taught me. There is now a diagonal band running from my upper left to my lower right teeth. Since my lower jaw was corrected for an over-rotation to my right, the muscles will tend to pull my jaw back into the original position. These bands help counter that by pulling my lower jaw towards the left into the splint so my right jaw bone isn't under compression. I was able to put these bands on in less than a minute today after brushing my teeth, a huge improvement from my first time yesterday where I kept missing the hooks, only to send the bands snapping painfully into my lips.

day 12 post double jaw (orthognathic) surgery new rubber bands arrangement

The swelling has gone down even more today, and I am starting to look more like my regular self as I recall. I guess in truth, I will never look completely like my old self again. Upper left lip is still swollen and numb, and so are the lower lips and chin area. However, the swellings will theoretically continue to diminish and fluctuate for the next couple of months, so I am far from reaching my final look. In fact I never look the same throughout a given day due to the fluctuating swells, but at least I don't look like a fat kid from the neck up on a slim build anymore, because that was just weird.

day 12 post double jaw (orthognathic) surgery front


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