My chin was WEAK. It's not attractive, and it looks even worse the older you get and the more slack your neck becomes. It's one of those things that you don't notice as much as other people do – after all I barely looked myself in profile. But over the years I saw a couple of unflattering pictures, and became very self-conscious about it. But I was always afraid to do anything about it. Plastic surgery seems like such a drastic option. But then I discovered that the procedures I had before - Botox, filler, and Fraxel -were sooo worth the money, inconvenience, and pain. I didn't think my chin would make a big difference- I thought I had a large, crooked nose and chipmunk cheeks. We used Botox to treat the cheeks and they're way better, but when I went to a consult for rhinoplasty, my doc said I should consider a chin implant (genioplasty) instead. We talked through all the options. After months of deciding, planning, and saving. I finally had it done last Monday, Sept 16.
I had general anesthesia. So in addition to the initial consultations, there was a pre-op appt with the surgeon and then the anesthetist, which together took an entire afternoon. On surgery day, I got there at 10:30, and then they had me sit there and wait for a loooong time on a gurney. I think I went under about 1. I was there a couple more hours. I remember it was near dinnertime when I got home. I needed someone to drive me and any moment I wasn't medicated was pretty painful the first few days.
I stayed in for a week and was on a lot of painkillers. I also had laser skin resurfacing so I'm really red from that too. Yesterday I left the house the first time. No one seemed to notice the small scabby area on my chin. With the major "sunburn" and the chin owie, just looks like I had too much fun in the sun on vacation.
I had my sutures out today and I'm healing so fast, my skin almost grew over the sutures! It was unpleasant feeling -though not painful- to have them removed. I will be working part-time the next couple days and go back to full time later this week.
My husband saw my chin via video phone today (he's away on business). He said it looks amazing. Subtle, but good. Better. I finally feel like my face makes sense for the first time. It's not perfect and I still need to heal, but I'm feeling a lot better already.
I know a pic is worth a thousand words so I'm going to try to find a good "before." Here's a pic of me one week after the procedure.