30 YO - Wanted It for a Decade. - Fresno, CA

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I've been reading this site since Nov. 2013. This...

I've been reading this site since Nov. 2013. This is something I've wanted done for about 12 years or so. I have a receding chin, practically non-existent. Since I had a wife, I stopped worrying about it but after she left, I decided this is something I wanted to do for me. This site is a mixed bag of good and bad stories, I hope I can add another good one. I wanted Dr. Mabrie cause he is considered one of the best but he is out of my price range. I chose Dr. Truong after seeing another member of this site have a good experience. Truong had also followed up with him on this site and I liked the care I witnessed in that exchange.

pre op picture

Getting close to surgery...

Its almost time. Surgery is this Monday. Ill be taking the week off work. The implant that was suggested is a large Implantech mittelman pre jowl.

Day of surgery

Yesterday was the day. I had the procedure done at 10am. The whole thing was over by 11am. I only had local anesthesia so I was awake and aware during the surgery.

It took about 2.5 to 3 hours for the local to wear off and I am glad I took a vicodin at noon or it might have been painful.

The area is really tight and seems huge from being swollen. My pain never exceeded a 5/10 and that is only if I talked or tried to chew. If I just sat with my mouth shut it was more like 2/10.

It is odd cause the chin area looks cartoonish cause it doesn't have the movement that it use to. This will return soon.

1 day post surgery

Day 7

Welp, it has been a week. I feel really good. I have had a very easy recovery so far. I never had any numbness or severe pain.

At this point, I still have some tightness and every so often I can't talk exactly right. I also can't quite smile my original smile. However, this has improved day by day and I don't expect to last too much longer.

I've grown my facial hair all week so I have a slight beard which most likely hides any swelling that might still be left (which I can't tell if any actually is left). My incision is healing nicely and I keep moist with polysporin.

So far I really like the look and am happy I went through with this. I'll most likely wait another week and then Ill shave. After that I'll update the pictures and most likely change the status from "not sure" to "worth it".

Forgot to mention...

I have only had one person ask anything. Its a coworker I am extremely close with and she gave me the "something seems different" line. I had purposely let my hair get a little longer than usual before the surgery and then cut it a little shorter than usual before returning to work. I also never grow a beard so I had those to things to use as excuses and that seemed to satisfy her. I think she still thought something else had changed but she couldn't place it.

My brother saw me and hasn't noticed a thing.

The other reason that no one talks about....

I am going to be personal and real here.

Make no question about it, I did this surgery for me, myself and no one else. I hated my profile and thought it ruined an otherwise attractive face. However, here is some personal info and a bit of a life story about the other side of this...will I be more attractive?

Up until about 6 months ago, I had been with the same person for 6 years. We met when we both worked together at a restaurant. They hired her as a manager and I was then her subordinate despite the fact that she was 21 at the time and I was 24. After about 4 months, we started talking and then dating. Eventually we had a kid, got married and had a second. Then 6 months ago, she decided she was done. So I now share custody of our babies and am single.

I am all about self improvement, I stay in shape, I work hard, and I tried to be the best husband I could be. I have always hated my profile and weak chin but since I had found my partner (or so I thought), I stopped worrying about it cause obviously she found me attractive: right?!

Anyway, fast forward to today. I have been on at least a dozen first dates (I forgot how bad and tedious dating is). I think that by the "normal" standard I would be a catch; Check the boxes for attentive, caring, honest, reliable, in shape, tall, educated, personality, good job. However, because of my profile, me facial aesthetics had a serious flaw that I believe was holding me back. In a man's case I think we can get away with being slightly less attractive if we have a great personality, this has carried me most of my life and I have done well with it.

The point of this is, yes I did this for me and only me but I think it has benefited me in the dating/attractiveness department. I had been talking to a girl for about a month and wanted to try that first date but had my procedure coming up. I was able to stall long enough to get the procedure done, wait a week and then do the date. I am happy I did cause this one can't stop raving about how "handsome" I am. She is extremely attractive and our date was a ton of fun cause she speaks well and is very engaged. I can't say what might have been if I did the date before the procedure but if It was like 75% of the other dates I had gone on, I would have heard, "you were great and you're smart and fun but something is missing".

Anyway, that is a peak at the other side that doesn't get discussed much. Sorry for the novel lol.

13 days post op.

Its been almost 2 weeks. My smile, speech and all my facial expressions are 100% back to normal. That tight feeling is still there if I do certain things but I explained my thoughts on that before and expect it to gradually subside and be completely gone by week 4.

This thing has been seamless for me. No one seems to have a clue that I did it but it has made a great difference. My incision is healed but still slightly raised and a bit red. I know this will go away in time as well. Just keep putting ointment on it. I cut my beard down to stubble and might rock that look for a week or so.

front at 13 days

Almost 1 month

Sooooo, It's been a little while. Except for a few facial movements, the implant is all but undetectable. My facial hair doesn't really grow where the incision is and it's still a slight bit raised but not bad. I feel so good about doing this. I'm going to give this blog the personal twist again just cause I think it shows a different side of this story that no one else is sharing. I don't plan on keeping this part up for long since it is a bit personal. I mentioned most things before so go up and read that to get an idea of what is going on. The date I went on went very well and we have been on a few others since. I always knew I was a catch except for this darn receding chin. Well, this girl is really into me for all my other qualities and this time the receding chin isn't ruining it for me. So her are some very personal pictures that won't be up long but I think tell the other side of the story that no one talks about much but deserves to be mentioned. Much thanks to the surgeon and the new chin.

Scar at 1 month

For those who have asked. Here is the incision point 1 month post op.

Over 6 months

It has been over 6 months since my procedure and I am happy I had it done. My only regret is not going slightly larger. I had a large Mittelman Pre Jowl Chin™ put in but I wish I would have gone with the extra large. Possibly even adding the Glasgold Wafer™.

I think the difference is only a few millimeters more projection but I could use it.

Everything else about the experience and the doctor has been amazing. Still extremely happy I did it. It has made a tremendous improvement.

New pic

Over 2.5 years since surgery.

I figured I would come back and do another update. I don't think I have visited this site for almost a year and a half. That is what happens when things work out and you move on I guess.

It is true that some days I wish I had gone slightly larger but that does not mean that I am not overwhelmingly happy with it.

Sorry to those who may have left comments that I never got back to. As far as I can tell, no one ever noticed I had this done. I had a couple people say I look different but they never figured it out and dropped it after the initial comment. My brother who lived near me didn't notice or say a word. My family back where I grew up never said anything. My ex wife never noticed. Seriously, nothing from anyone. Nothing from the two people I was living with at the time of surgery. It literally went unnoticed. The only people who know are the doctor, myself and the friend of mine who picked me up after surgery.

I included some pictures that are all withing the last 3 months or so. I have also been working on building some lean mass over the last 4 years since I had always been super skinny. That endeavor has also been going really well although slow.

On to the dating aspect... I have had exponentially more luck in this area then I have ever had. I have found some really great women but when you are 30+ with kids and ex wives/husbands the dating game is a bit tougher then it was before all that. I had a great one last year that I didn't get to keep due to issues neither of us could control. We still occasionally talk since the split was sad but no ones fault. The most resent event is that I went to my hometown for Thanksgiving with my family (500 miles from where I currently live). I ended up running into and getting drinks with my first crush ever. I was 7 years old when I had this crush. Welp, we are currently dating and it is fantastic.

Having this done was one of the best decisions of my life. I would do it again in a heart beat and encourage anyone with a recessed chin to have it done so long as they find a good doctor. I'd also recommend Peter T. Truong to anyone. He was great and the price was amazing.

Thank you everyone for reading, hope this helps those of you thinking about this.
Fresno Oculoplastic Surgeon

Dr. Truong is nice, friendly and to the point. I didn't have a lot of questions cause I had spent a long time reading up on the procedure. A 4 out of 5 on time spent with me is not a knock on Dr. Truong, I didn't need a lot of time cause I did lots of research and knew what to expect.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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