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by tortor
Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Frustrated with the swelling
Replies: 9
Views: 2189

i am a little over 2 months post op and my face is still swollen in some places. noticably so on some days. its different for everyone i guess but its still so frusterating considering how long ago my surgery was. I seem to have alot of swelling in my nose too, because my nose seems bigger than usua...
by tortor
Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: numbness in chin/lip causing dryness of skin??
Replies: 1
Views: 786

see your dermatologist and drink tons of water! I had the weirdest skin problems after my surgery, which my derm. said was probably side effects from the anesthesia. I had super dry skin.....so dry that the skin on my face would crack like the desert floor!! yet, my face would be super oily at the s...
by tortor
Tue Sep 30, 2008 2:46 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: My Turn!
Replies: 27
Views: 4190

Congratulations! Im glad to hear that your surgery went well! I must second what Meryaten said, keep the nursing staff on their toes! I cant tell you how many times I rang for the nurses for fresh ice and pain meds, I must've been really getting on their nerves. But its most important that your comf...
by tortor
Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:33 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: LeForte I, BSSO, and possible genioplasty on September 9
Replies: 42
Views: 13383

Hey Steph, Welcome to the other side! :D As many others have said, you seem to have a great attitude and high spirits and that will definitley make your recovery easier. For me, swelling peaked at around day 3 or 4, and I couldn't believe how big my face got! So don't get discouraged if you seem to ...
by tortor
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: goodbye to chapped lips
Replies: 5
Views: 1434

I'm with thatthrill! Before surgery, I never had a problem with dry lips. But now, WOW. So dry all the time! Same thing with the rest of my face. My face has literally been so dry that in spots my skin cracks up like the desert floor! And no matter how much water I drink or how much moisterizer I us...
by tortor
Mon Sep 08, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: TORI'S SURGERY! ON THE OTHER SIDE (new pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 14264

Trust me, I know all about the emotional roller coaster. Sometimes you get a glimpse in the mirror and you say "oooh" maybe it looks pretty good... and the next view in the mirror is a disaster. You keep telling yourself that you are still swollen, but don't believe it sometimes and think... this m...
by tortor
Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: TORI'S SURGERY! ON THE OTHER SIDE (new pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 14264

aw thank you all for your responses :) they really brightened my day :) Phil- as far as how I'm feeling, its been an emotional rollercoaster! One day I think I'm starting to like my new face, and the next day I loathe it. I try to convince myself that I still have swelling but I'm growing more and m...
by tortor
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Surgery in December
Replies: 1
Views: 689

Hello KriKri, Welcome to the boards! I had upper/lower surgery about a month ago to correct an underbite and I can assure you that your experience will make for great Christmas dinner conversation (or mumbling, if your going to be wired shut like I was :) ) It sounds like you have a great attitude a...
by tortor
Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:03 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: TORI'S SURGERY! ON THE OTHER SIDE (new pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 14264

Thanks everyone for your kind words! Eating has been so amazing since getting unwired. Today I had chinese food (my favorite!) and man was it good. Tuesday is 1 week until my splint comes out. Since I still havent gotten around to uploading my recovery photos, I thought I would take a quick picture ...
by tortor
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: question
Replies: 8
Views: 1140

My surgeon explained to me that during underbite correction procedures, the OS will scratch up the tissue of the muscles so they lose their "memory" of their old position, and will adapt better to their new position after the underbite is corrected so there is less chance of a relapse. Just somethin...
by tortor
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: FINALLY! --6 weeks post-operation.
Replies: 43
Views: 6524

Carissa, hang in there! Your profile looks so beautiful, you must be so pleased. When this is all over you should be very proud of yourself! Best wishes! Couldnt have said it better myself! Your pictures are great and youve got amazing results. Although 7 weeks wired shut is very rough, always keep...
by tortor
Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: I have a surgery date!! :)
Replies: 7
Views: 1296

Smiletagious, Congrats on getting a surgery date! I definitely know the feeling of excitement yet surrealism. After waiting a while with braces your not sure if the surgery is ever gonna come! But once you get the surgery date, it is here before you know it! Start that countdown.. :) Best wishes, Tori
by tortor
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:42 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Seeing a Psychologist during the journey
Replies: 38
Views: 5346

double post, sorry!
by tortor
Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Seeing a Psychologist during the journey
Replies: 38
Views: 5346

Being 1 month post-op, I really really regret not having sought counseling thus far. Although I am happy (not 100%...yet) with my results, I still have many issues with regards to self esteem and depression. Honestly, the reason I havent seen a therapist is because I was ashamed of my motivation for...
by tortor
Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: TORI'S SURGERY! ON THE OTHER SIDE (new pic)
Replies: 59
Views: 14264

hello everyone! well after exactly 4 weeks of having my mouth wired shut, today was my big day!! Im finally unwired! I can't believe I made it through a month of a liquid diet. It was the WEIRDEST feeling to be able to open my mouth again, although I'm only able to open it about a finger width. My s...