Yes, there was pain involved (they just don't leave you out there without pain meds) but life has pain and to get my self-esteem, confidence and energy back, it was worth every penny~even more. I had "issues" chewing after my procedures but I've also lost 15-20 lbs. (it may have been TMJ related) but I love the weight loss as a "side effect".
Behind my ears gets a little sensitive if I wear too heavy ear-rings or sunglasses, so I just "go light" and it takes care of it. I was informed it will get better with time. Everyone was so professional with an open communication line to the surgeon at all times with prompt return calls directly from him. I followed their/his instructions perfectly, which I understand has a great impact on the success.
My Primary Care Doc was amazed and supportive as well of the outcome. It's not just TV or airbrushing, it's for real. I look and feel 39 again! I'm BACK!!!