I thought it was time for me to...
I thought it was time for me to write a review on my experiences so far, seen as though many of you have helped me so much on here. Especially Sabrina, so thank you :)
Just a quick overview - I'm 22 from the UK. Started to notice my receding chin at the age of 16/17 (beginning of college). I HATE the way i look from the side, however i am happy with the way i look from the front.
Started to look into implants around April 2014. ( i decided to wait this long so my body had fully grown and i was old enough to make such decision, and pay for it myself)
I have had 4 consultations, 2 with one surgeon and 2 with a different surgeon. I have decided to stay local and picked a highly recommended private clinic, i am really happy with my surgeon and trust his opinions.
We spoke about sliding ginoplasty, and the chin implant, and we both decided the implant would give me the result I'm looking for. ( As sliding gino is a bit too invasive for my liking, i really don't think i would be mentally prepared for that) So my surgeon was happy to perform the implant surgery. I am confident that he has explained all the pros and cons of this procedure and i am looking forward to the operation on friday 27th June 2014.
My surgeon has recommended the medium implant, he said it would suit my face, as the large may be too witch like for me? Never the less, he is still going to try the various "sizers" during the operation, just to be sure. I will be going under general anaesthetic and have to stay in hospital 6 hours post surgery.
I have attached a couple of pictures of my profile, which has took some courage putting them on here, i always avoid photos like this, or always photoshop my chin if needed. I can't wait for the day i no longer have to do that anymore, and feel confident in myself and not have to hide my chin or pertrude my lower jaw all the time. (so annoying!)
If anyone has any questions or advice they would like to share, i would be grateful. Thanks :)
i forgot ...
I forgot to mention my implant is being held in with 1 micro titanium screw in the centre. I have read lots of mixed reviews on this. Some say screws are bad, some say screws are a must to prevent bone erosion, some even use more than 1 screw etc etc. At the end of the day all surgeons, in many different counties have different procedures. I think with or without a screw is still safe otherwise they wouldn't perform the operations this way. Its all down to the surgeons preference. Just incase anybody was worrying about this :)
27 Jun 2014
Day of treatment
I'm home now!! In no pain just very stiff!
Going under general wasn't as bad as I thought! The nurses were so lovely and spoke to me constantly to take my mind off things! Next thing I was fast asleep! I'm not too sure how long the opp took but I will update you on this soon!
My surgeon decided to use a large implant during surgery as my chin was basically non existent under all my skin haha!
He said the small made no difference the medium was ok but wasn't happy with projection! So he used large. He said it went well but was very difficult and had to shape the implant to fit my bone! So was a lot of moving around a tugging. He had to make the incision slightly larger to fit the implant in. Which I am ok with, I don't mind having a scar.
He has also detached my muscles under my chin towards the back of my neck to loosen them as they were so tight they were pulling my chin back along with the implant. This will also give me a flat chin underneath instead of a huge slope hopefully! So he said I'm probably swollen and in more pain than he previously suggested to me in the consultation!
But I feel fine at the minute! No pain just stiff and throbbing a little but it's bearable !
I tried to go home from hospital about an 2 hours ago but nearly passed out when I stood up, sweat was dripping off me so had to go back to bed! But I'm home now all ok, not been sick at all and managed to eat an egg butty at hospital! (Well suck an egg butty lol)
You have to pass urine and eat something before they consider letting you out.
I have to leave the bandage on for at least 3 days he said even longer if I can as it's on quite tight to help swelling. However if it does come off he said it's ok.
I'll be going back some point next week to get my stitches removed. ( I have had dissolvable stitches inside and normal stitches outside)
I'm now Just really nervous about seeing the results! I'm praying everything looks ok! I'm more scared about the results than I was about the operation!
I trust my surgeon has made the right choices he is lovely :)
If you have any questions just ask ! X
Managed to sleep on my back all night ! Woke up a few times but I was in no pain! I fell back asleep straight away.
Currently sat downstairs watching tv and going to try and eat beans and some bread and butter.
Started taking penicillin today and 1 pain relief just incase. Pain really doesn't seem to be an issue. The huge white sticker on my face is the annoying thing! Haha x
So day 3 I decided to take the top half of the dressing off as it was really irritating my bottom lip!
I peeled down the left side to have a sneak peak and I am very swollen! I look like the nutty professor lol!
I'm in no pain all I have been taking is prescribed penicillin and ibuprofen to help swelling.
Up to now it's hard to tell what's going on around my chin but I'm happy with the front of my face it's definitely given me a fuller chin from the front!!! :) I'm hoping the swelling around my neck will die down soon and hopefully the definition of the chin will be more visible! :)
Day 3 update
Managed to get most of the bandage off and just left on the gause to protect the stitches! So pleased so far even with all the bruising and swelling!
Swelling still visible and lots of yellowish bruises all around my neck, still got stitches in also.
But so happy with the results already the difference is amazing! And it's only day 5 !!!!!! Can't believe it :)
Well today I've been to the hairdressers to have it washed and trimmed! I love it!
I feel so much better and love my chin more and more each day!
Each day my smile is improving! Can't wait until it's back to normal.
Here are some pics of my hair and chin :)
Stitches were removed today! There was a bit of tension on the wound so he has put paper stitches on for 1 week. Which I am fine with. There was a bit of blood but not loads. Surgeon really pleased with the results and the healing process!
I am arranging to see him in 6-8 weeks or final check in.
Overall I am so pleased !!! Absolutely love my new chin and can't wait for the swelling and bruising to disappear!
So happy x
Ta dahhhhhhh!!! So happy guys :)
Before and after side by side
Thought it would be easier for people to see the difference next to each other! Absolutely unbelievable! Eeeek!!!!!
So I'm 3 weeks post op and I'm over the moon!! Had no problems what so ever I feel pretty much back to normal! Can still feel slight stiffness here and there but hardly noticeable! My scar is healing great! I'm seeing to surgeon again at the end of August for final check up ! Best decision I've ever ever made :) x
So today it's been a month since my opp! And probably my final update in here for now. If anyone has any questions please let me know! Here are so before and afters. After pics were taken today :) I'm still as thrilled as ever
First night out!
10 Aug 2014
2 months post
Hey everyone! Just a quick update! Here are some pictures from my first night out last night with my new chin! Have to say I felt pretty damn good! No horrible double chin or saggy profile to be seen !!!
2 months plus!!
17 Sep 2014
3 months post
Cannot believe how fast the time goes!!! Wanted to thank you all for the lovely comments it means so much and I wish all of you waiting for surgery the best of luck!!! Here are a couple of update pictures taken today. I am still over the moon! Had no problems or pain touch wood it will stay this way!! If anyone has any questions just ask! :) xx
22 Sep 2014
3 months post
What do you guys think to a video upload? Do you want to see the chin up close and personal? Haha! Never done a video before! I wish I would of taken a before video of my chin :( there must be one I can find somewhere!
7 months post opp!
17 Jan 2015
7 months post
Though i would post a quick update picture! Almost 7 months now since my pop, i can't believe how fast its gone!
The first picture was taken on the morning of surgery and the second photo was taken today. Still overwhelmed with the results! Had no trouble what so ever with the implant, i can't even tell its there!
If anyone has any questions about the implant, please ask i would love to help! :) x
12 Apr 2015
10 months post
I love coming on here now and then and catching up with all your stories!
A few people I've been following have had their chin surgery now and it's great to see the results! You all look absolutely fabulous!
Remember everyone is different and nobody will heal the same, don't let it get to you and have patients! Time is a great healer and it will be the best decision you've ever made.
I've attached some recent pictures of me, can you believe it's been a year in June?! It's gone so fast! I've had no problems what so ever which is great! I've also emailed my surgeon some pics and he is thrilled with the results, so much so he wants me to write a testimonial for his website when it's up and running which is great!
If anybody has any questions please feel free to ask and I'll get back to you ASAP x
13 Apr 2015
10 months post
Thought it would be nice for you guys to see my new chin up close and personal. Want to try and help as many of you as i can, as i know it can be so stressful when researching! I went through it all too! Hope you enjoy, let me know if you have any questions x
Over 1 year!
So it's official! My chin is one years old, and I couldn't be any happier! The response and feedback from all of you is overwhelming! I try my best to answer all of your questions, please bare with me if it takes a day or 2! My YouTube video that I posted on here has reached 3,000 views which is nice to know I'm reaching that many people who may be looking into an implant! Here are 2 recent photos of me, over 1 year later. I am absolutely thrilled. Thank you all and don't forget to ask me anything you wish to know! All the best Jai x
I found this picture..
I was flicking through old pictures last night and came across the picture on the left! 5 days after my chin operation haha! My mum made me the black chin strap which sat over my head like a headband, it was very handy! I needed something that was comfy and kept all the bandages in place, i didn't really take the strap off for a whole week, i even slept in it. The picture on the right was taken last weekend, you can see the swelling has dramatically reduced, which is good!
I just wanted to share this with you so you can see the difference, and also the handy tip about the chin strap if any of you are due to have surgery soon!
Any questions just ask :) x