as of half an hour ago i've completed all 40 turns (10mm) of expansion. 0.5mm in surgery, 9.5mm over 19 days expanding.
all i can say is so far i'm really happy with the results! my face is a little fuller and it almost seems as though my upper jaw moved forward a bit and slightly corrected my underbite. my underbite was never that bad to begin with. we'll see, my surgeon mentioned the lefort might not be necessary but didnt say much else, and my upper lip is considerably fuller now. my orthodontist is going to be moving my teeth in my lower jaw out a bit so that might make my underbite come back, im not sure. itd be cool to avoid another surgery but im just gonna do what my ortho and surgeon direct me to do.
i honestly did not expect that much of a difference, and it's kind of hard to tell because i see myself every day, but people who know i had the surgery have asked me "did you have a 2nd surgery?" so i guess the difference is somewhat apparent.
ill keep track here of how the gap closes, ill measure it tomorrow in the AM and then maybe update every couple of days.
if SARPE has been suggested to you and youre unsure... go for it!! you wont be displeased. i think i mentioned this but i didnt think there was anything WRONG with my face or anything before, i was quite happy with my appearance, i just wanted perfectly straight teeth. i was a bit hesitant but now im definitely glad i went ahead with everything. i look forward to getting my teeth aligned and everything!
I've noticed the same thing with my expansion also! My upper jaw seems to have moved forward a little bit and I'm hoping I won't have to do the lower jaw surgery... but we'll see
My top teeth are still quite crocked and crowed... so I'm not too sure where they will be when they are more aligned.
One of my teachers at school only sees me once a week... and she has marveled for the past few weeks over how different I've looked each time. haha. One of my classmates keeps insisting to her that my face is just still swollen from the surgery. I told her that I think my bones have just shifted, so my face is probably just a little fuller now... but she's not convinced. haha... I can see how the face changes might freak someone out... but I kind of love it. It's interesting to watch all the changes day to day. Like you though, I loved my face how it was before also... I just wanted perfectly straight teeth, so I hope that the things I loved about my face haven't vanished. The changes seem to be really subtle though.
As for your post before this, I can't believe you got through a presentation. It sounds super dorky, but that is seriously inspirational to me. I scheduled all the presentations and seminars that I knew I would have to do, for prior to my surgery date... and now I'm hoping that I will have my expander out before I have to do any others. My speech is pretty normal though... I think I just lack a lot of confidence in public speaking and it is making my current ortho-stuff be amplified.
Can't wait to hear more updates on your progress!
I still have 6 more turns to go til I get to 40. Can't wait.