I have hated my profile for as long as i can...
i have hated my profile for as long as i can remember. i used to think about it off and on, but it has become more and more bothersome with age. as i've gotten older, i have noticed more sagging along my jawline and under my chin. i HATED being in pictures...i had a little girl last year and my insecurities were preventing me from ever wanting to be photographed with her so i decided it was time to do something. i went to visit a PS to have a mole removed and figured i might as well ask about my profile while i was there. he took one look at my chin, pinched the fat on my neck and said he would recommend some neck lipo and a chin implant. i booked the procedure right away and counted down the days until the big day!
i did twilight sedation. dozed off within about a minute and woke up with a compression garment around my face. went home, slept for 3 hours and wasn't in very much pain for the rest of the night. i slept (pretty decent) sitting up, but 'awoke' the next day in AGONY. my face had swollen quite a bit and i was in SO much pain. vicodin did nothing but make me feel sick so i switched to tylenol and (surprisingly) it made a world of difference. it's been getting better everyday day since then and although i have been sore and little uncomfortable...i wouldn't call it 'painful'.
well, i am 5 days post op today and the difference is amazing. i am still very swollen, but i already like what i see. i developed a tiny bit of yellow bruising on my neck on day 4, but it hasn't progressed. i went to my first post op today and the Dr said i could stop wearing my compression garment during the day...i just need to sleep with it at night. i'm not gonna lie, sleeping upright has been pretty rough, but i know it's only for a short time and it has helped tremendously with bruising and swelling so it's totally worth it!
i know i have a ways to go before i can see my final results, but i'm feeling very good about everything so far :) i will post more pics as my swelling goes down.
first day out
it has been 8 days since my procedure and i am feeling great. i went out to lunch today with my MIL and didn't think twice about it. i never experienced any numbness like some people have posted about and my bruising was completely gone the day after it appeared. i can still notice some swelling in my jowl area, but other than that i feel pretty much back to normal. i am still wearing my CG at night and sleeping upright which i'll probably do through the weekend. anxious to see what it looks like in a week. i read somewhere that 80% of the swelling is gone in 2 weeks and then it take a few more months for the rest to go down.
10 days post op today and still feeling quite swollen. actually feeling a little bruisey. not looking bruised, but feeling sore. i feel like it's gonna be awhile till the swelling is down enough that i don't feel like i have a giant chin with jowls, but i still think i look MUCH better than where i started so i can't really complain.
started sleeping with regular pillows again, but am very careful to keep my head elevated and not put pressure on the chin. SO much easier to sleep that way which i think is better overall.
going to see my mom on monday and i didn't tell her about the surgery. wondering if she'll notice! i'll keep you posted.
mom didn't notice
...granted i was wearing a hat with my hair around my jawline so maybe it was hidden a bit, but she didn't notice a thing when we went out for lunch on Monday. i guess that's a good thing (?)
anyways, i don't really have anything new to report. i'm just waiting for the swelling to reside. i saw my PS this morning and asked why i was more swollen on one side...he said it's because he has to make one pocket longer to insert the implant before centering it. i am still feeling very jowly and i think it gives the lower part of my face a weird shape. i hope this will subside over the next couple of months as the swelling continues to fade.
he told me i don't need to wear my CG anymore, but i have still been sleeping sitting up halfway on my back. i just don't feel ready to nuzzle down into a pillow yet.
i know my photos are kind of boring cuz they all look pretty much the same at this point, but i will attach a new one for today (my 2 week-a-versary :) )
i also realized that i didn't tell you very many particulars about how i got through the first couple of days. like what kind of pillow i used or what i ate. i will fill in some more information soon. i know it was helpful for me to read about how other people managed. maybe i can edit the first couple of posts. i need to check it out. be back soon :)
okay...so i think i'm in that annoying waiting period people always talk about. the swelling seems worse in the past week or so which is very frustrating. i still have faith that i will be pleased with the results in a few months, but it feels discouraging to still see a fat neck and jowls right now. ugh.
since today is my 3 week-a-versary, i wanted to post a side by side of my before and after. i'm not as swollen as i was yesterday and seeing these 2 images side by side makes me happy.
i think i look about 10 years younger, right?!...well, maybe just 5, but still ;)
anyways, i'm looking forward to watching things progress even further.
i had lunch with my mom again...not one word. haha!
anyways, i feel like i look a little bit different every day. maybe i'm just less swollen today(?)
it's really nice to come on here and get some feedback from you guys because i only told 3 people and they're sick of hearing me talk about it. lol...so thanks for all the comments!
so it's been 4 weeks today and i feel like my chin is starting to feel a little more 'real'. there are still times i think it looks big, but i think that will change over time. i just need to get used to it
it' sore under near the incision today....i think it's residual soreness from the lipo...probably doesn't help that i am chasing a toddler around all day and picking her up and bending forward to change her and what not. i am also not elevating when i sleep anymore and i have a thing for salty foods. i blame the day to day fluctuations in swelling on all of these things, but a girl's gotta live, right? anyways, i'm posting another pic today just because. can you tell that things are starting to settle in?
10 Sep 2014
2 months post
well, i haven't checked in for a little while. so i thought i'd post a quick pic. my chin is still a bit sore (mostly in the morning after i wake up) but this morning was worse than usual. i think i slept on it wrong...lol and i don't have all of the feeling back yet...and it's still a little hard underneath, but i'm sure that's from the lipo.
i can still see some jowly-ness and i'm really hoping it's just swelling. it seems to go down the teensiest bit each day...so i'm hopeful it will go down more. being patient is the hardest part.
when i see profile pics, i still think my chin looks a big, but my husband assures me it looks great...and no one else has noticed anything at all. so i think it's just in my mind. i guess it's just hard to get used to a the change.
anyways, i'll pop in again in a week or so to let you know if the jowls go down anymore. fingers crossed!!
21 Oct 2014
3 months post
it's been about 3 months since the chin. i am very used to it now. finally! i had some filler (juvederm) injected above the implant to help fill in the labiomental groove (1cc)...and i decided to get some squirted into my upper lip while i was in the chair (.4cc)
overall, i am thrilled with the results. seeing the before and after shots side by side is kind of shocking...although i have to say that is a particularly terrible 'before' shot. (seriously bad)
my face looks so much more balanced now...it feels like such a relief. PHEW! lol
4 months already
thought it would be helpful to post a pic at 4 months. i notice a lot of people don't post after a few months even though the healing time is estimated at 6-12 months for the procedures i had done. anyways, the swelling has settled even more since my last post.
a few people asked me about my appearance at Thanksgiving dinner and i was happy i could use my lip as an excuse for looking different...an unexpected benefit of having my lip injected. lol... anyways, this pic is from a couple weeks ago...Nov 23rd to be exact ;)
22 Jan 2015
6 months post
you guys!! tomorrow will be my 6 month chin-aversary and i wanted to share a new pic. i am still noticing improvement from one month to the next. so those of you who are early on in the process...keep in mind that you should give yourself at least 6 months for things to settle down. anyways, i am turning 40 next month and i am finally happy with what i see in the mirror. best present ever!!
it's been over a year.
i am thrilled with my results. will be 41 in a couple months ;) wish i did it sooner!
it took quite awhile for ALL of the swelling to dissipate. i would say it continued to go down for almost a year. so those of you who are a few months into your healing process....BE PATIENT and just know that it will continue to improve for quite some time.
i am STILL getting used to looking at myself in the mirror. i guess when you live with the same face for 39 years....it's bound to trip you out for awhile when you change things up. very happy with what i see now!