Sliding Genioplasty - Taipei, Taiwan
After getting adult braces when I was 28, I...
In my initial consultation, the surgeon told me he could give me an implant, but a sliding genioplasty would probably be better as my chin was not only small but also slightly wonky. I was quite happy with this - I preferred the idea of using my own bone, as well as the reduced risks of infection and re-absorption - so I decided to go ahead. After taking photographs and X-rays at a second consultation, I was booked for my operation a month later (the medical system in Taiwan is very efficient!)
My operation took about 1 and a half hours. I had no nausea afterwards and not much pain apart from slight soreness from the intubation. I was on soft food for the first 5 or 6 days (lots of soup, scrambled eggs, smoothies and mashed potatoes). I swelled up like a bullfrog for the first 2 ~ 3 days, and then this went down significantly. I went back to work on the Monday after my operation (5 days afterwards). Most of the swelling was gone after two weeks.
I did experience a bit of 'post-op blues' about 3 weeks after my operation. I felt very tired and a touch apathetic. After doing some research I discovered this is fairly normal, but is worth keeping in mind if you are undergoing this kind of procedure. I'm now 5 weeks post-op and pretty much back to normal energy levels. I still have slight swelling of my lymph glands, which should reduce in the next couple of weeks.
I still look like myself, but I can see the difference, and I feel so much more comfortable - my original chin position meant my mouth and jaw always felt tight, and I had a lot of lip strain. Although the cosmetic aspect was a big part of my decision, this other result is what I am most pleased with. I was advanced 6 mm, and one side of my chin was shifted up by 1mm while the other side shifted down by 1mm. My surgeon is very pleased with the result. I'm incredibly grateful to him and all the staff at the hospital. I have pretty much 100% feeling back in my chin and lower lip, but even if I lost some feeling I still think the procedure would have been worth it.
My doctor was excellent! I had a lot of questions which he answered very patiently. He is obviously very experienced in this type of operation. He also seemed very happy for me.