I am a 30yo make who will be having a revision...
I am a 30yo make who will be having a revision genioplasty to correct lip incompetence and chin ptosis. The genioplasty will involve an asymmetric rotation as the left hand side of my chin is 2-3mm receeded than the right hand side.
Also when I talk my lower lip shows too much lower teeth and again is asymmetric and pulls more to the left hence making my chin look off-centre.
The mentallis muscle will be suspended higher and the chin bone will be advanced approx 2-3mm and rotated asymmetrically as well as changing the angle of the chin border slightly to allow the mentallis muscle to have a firm place to sit.
I have chosen Dr. Martin Huang as he is craniomaxillofacial surgeon as well as a plastic surgeon. The operation is expected to last 3-4 hours as scar tissue from the previous genioplasty will have to be removed.
Even though this is a revision I am extremely nervous about the result! Last time I had a genio was with a bimax to correct a class 2 overbite.
I am due for the procedure at 7:45am and will try to update this as soon as I can and also post pictures.
After arriving at the surgery at 8am and filling out all the paperwork and registration from the surgery commenced at 9am and last for 7 hours.
I was in my room which In which I would staying overnight at 5pm but extremely dozed out! My arms were really aching perhaps for the GA knocking me out for 7 hours and my throat was extremely sore and I could barely talk!
I asked one of the nurses if I could have a mirror - I was expecting the worse but besides a swollen lower lip I looked pretty much like myself which was a relief as I know once the swelling kicks in (as it did) I'd look totally different (which I presently do).
In the morning my Dr. came to see me and told me what had happened:
- chin advanced 4mm
- left rotated due asymmetry
- left side of chin contoured to match right
Surgery took 7 hours:
- bottom screw on precious plate extremely difficult to remove
- currently have two horizontal plates and 4mm stepped vertical plates. So makes one rectangular plate to support chin
- skin is very thin and therefore had to carefully dissent entire muscle from skin
- mentallis muscles had dropped or fallen right to the bottom of the chin when I had my accident and fell on my chin.
- reattached mentallis muscle with the stitches to rid lip ptsois after fall
- explained my skin is very right due to genetics.
I have a follow up appointment with Dr. Huang on Monday and hopefully will have my drain removed.
Yesterday I started to see my old face before I had fallen and hit my chin and lip drool had stopped so far it's looking pretty good minus all the tightness when I talk and the swelling.
I decided to go shopping and but some plain yoghurt, milo (milkshake) and a bottler of water. Later in the evening I met a friend who noticed I had something done and said when I spoke it sounded tight - or my mouth movements appeared right.
As I wasn't keen on anything too intense we went to see a film which was a good idea as it kept my find of the swelling and operation.
This morning (Sunday) I think the swelling has decreased and I removed approximately 20ml of fluid for the drain although I was unable to reattach it with a vacuum as instructed :-(
I'm going to go back to bed now and rest but feel free to ask any questions.