The surgery - I came in a half hour early the day of my surgery for my second consultation. He explained to me and my parents exactly what was going to happen and how it was going to happen. My parents were extremely impressed at how knowledgeable he was. He even explained to me why my chin the way it was and how my jaw played a role in it as well. Right infront of us, he drew over my xrays. He explained to me I was -23mm and women are usually suppose to be -12 or -13. He then drew over the X-ray again, but this time with the desired look he wanted to accomplish. I was very impressed and was very happy with what he drew. I went in very nervous, but he made me feel very comfortable and excited for the surgery. His staff was extremely nice and made me feel so comfortable. I was asleep and up in no time. The surgery was about an hour and a half long.
Day 1-3 - I went back to my hotel that day and fell right to sleep. When I woke up, I wasn't in any pain at all. Just very stiff and out of it. I had the bandage around my chin for 4 days. I couldn't talk much and it was hard to eat, mostly because of the bandage. My lower teeth were tight, the left side of my lip was tingly to the touch, and the left side of my chin was pretty numb. My neck was swollen and slightly green. My throat hurt to touch because of the surgery. I did not experience any crazy brusing or swelling, and I believe Dr. Jamali is to thank for that. I read how gently he is and how he takes his time and doesn't rush. He told my father that he only does one surgery a day, which also made me feel a lot better. He is very good at what he does and he does it with extream care.
Day 4-7 I took the bandage off on day 4. I soaked it in coconut oil for a while and took a long shower so it would be easier to take off. When I first took it off I was dissappointed. I looked very boxy and manly. I just kept telling myself I'm still swollen, and I was right. From that day on, the swelling went down a little day by day and I got happier and happier. DO NOT JUDGE YOURSELF UNTIL AT LEAST DAY 14 BECAUSE YOU WILL LOOK COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. My teeth still tight, my left side of my lip and chin are still numb and tingly. I still can't smile or talk very easily.
Day 10 - My swelling went down a lot. It goes down more and more everyday and I look better and better everyday. I went to see the doctor today and everyone was impressed and how not swollen I was. He checked my stitches and shower me before and after xrays. He moved my chin up 5-6 mm. At this point I was disappointed because I knew he could've gone at least 1 mm more and I thought my face looked kind of flat (now however I am extremely happy with what he did with all the swelling going down more and more and I wouldn't change one thing about it. I kept telling myself to trust him because he knows best and I was right.) I still am uncomfortable with seeing my friends because I can't smile fully yet. It feels like my muscles are tight when I smile. It is also hard for me to show my bottom teeth. I started to eat soft food today and it was hard to chew but my stomach did love that.
Day 14 - the swelling gets better day by day and everyday I wake up happier. Just when I think it can't look any better, it does! I am started to be able to smile again, not fully yet but a lot better then before. I still can't show my bottom teeth but I feel it getting easier. I tried to do a small leg workout today with no weights but it made my teeth feel tight so I stopped. Chewing on soft foods is a lot easier now. I look forward to waking up everyday and looking in the mirror.
Side notes - I was on a liquid diet for 10 days, this was hard but I couldn't even imagine chewing because I was so stiff.
One hard thing I noticed was sleeping on my back with two pillows, I am not use to this but I think it helped my swelling a lot.
The pain killer did give me stomach cramps and heart burn so I had to stop taking it, and the doctor said to contact him if this gets worse.
The doctor did tell me I would be able to close my mouth without forcing it after this surgery. However, after the surgery it is the same if not harder to close my mouth. I'm not sure if this is because the swelling needs to go down still or because I have an overjet and it will always be like this. But I noticed I now have to force my upperlip down more in order to make my lips meet. However this is not a big deal to me. I was never able to close my mouth without forcing it so I just came to peace with this (will update if it ever gets easier)
As days go by I will keep updating this post. It was hard to find information on this topic so I was to share to everyone my experience. Everyday I wake up and it looks better and better, I still can't even believe it's me in the mirror. Some people have noticed I looked differently. They all have said its in a good way though, but they can't quiet seem to figure out what is different about me. I am happy with everything Dr. Jamali did. At first I wish he did more but now that the swelling lessened, I think what he did was perfect. I couldn't thank him enough.