Thursday, January 11, 2007


When I look through pictures of people who have gotten the same surgery I'm getting (upper, possibly lower, genio), I'm amazed at how different their noses look when their jaws and chin are finally proportionate. It literally looks like some of them have had nose jobs, their noses look that much smaller. Crazy! I'm now wondering how my nose will look when my face is balanced correctly.

Is it shallow of me that I think more about the aesthetic changes this surgery will bring more than the REAL reason I'm getting this surgery--for pain reduction? I know it's wrong to be so comsumed with looks but sometimes I can't help it.


At 3:22 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Hi Rebecca, I think its totally natural to be consumed with how you look when you have such a big surgery ahead of you. I had a 5 mm advancement with a 6 mm genio (12 weeks ago) and both before and after was/am constantly looking in the mirror. Its more curiousity than vanity I think. The funny thing is, until my orthodontist told me I had an overbite, I never really noticed it, nor my small chin. But once I found out, I was constantly looking in the mirror at a side view to see how I would look with my jaw/chin advanced. But there really is no way to see it until afterwards. Everything looks different including how my bottom lip now falls in line. And the funny thing about what you wrote is that when I signed the release for surgery one of the things they listed is that the surgery may cause you to want a nose job. I personally don't see much difference in my nose but I did have a relatively small advancement, a total of less than 1/2 inch. Anyway, good luck with your surgery. Would love to see some before pictures. You can check out my blog if you like at

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Mrs. Shanton said...

It's not wrong. I know what drove me to my orthodontist's office in the first place was aesthetics. I had no idea there was a name for the way I looked, or that there was anything clinically wrong with my teeth. As I mention in my blog, I have everything I've ever wanted in life: a great husband and kids, a great career, my dog. So while I don't really expect this surgery to be life-changing (I hope not) I do hope that I'll look better with a chin! And I'm really looking forward to chewing with jaws that don't make me feel like a rodent! :) But of course it's normal to wonder about how we're going to look afterward, and wonder how others will react to our new look. It's a big deal, what we're doing. We've invested a LOT of time, money, consideration, and anticipation in this long, drawn-out process. Along the way, all the time we spend thinking about our braces (how could you NOT think about your braces??) and thinking about upcoming surgery, it might feel a bit like an obsession. Unless you're doing nothing BUT thinking about your jaws and your looks, like not working or going to school, or celebrating life's milestones, or loving your friends and family, then you have no reason to feel guilty.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Hi Rebecca,

Absolutely nothing wrong with being concerned about how this will affect your looks. I believe we all want to look our best. Our face and how we appear to others is part of our identity.
I decided to have orthognathic surgery for esthetic reasons, as well as functional. I had braces before, so when my teeth were crooked again, I went to see an OD to get it fixed. I found out it was more than a few crooked teeth.

After talking with my doctors, I was pleased to learn that orthognathic surgery would benefit me by giving me a more balanced face. I never have been fond of my profile. I analyzed pre/post op photos also. I noticed post op, people appear more pleasing to the eye. Like you said, their noses now fit their face or their chin seemed better aligned. I don't think it's being vain or overly critical. I think it's just in our human nature to want things in proper order and proportions.

Here is an interesting article shared by my friend Cary, he is also having this surgery. He sent this to me when I fretted about being concerned about the cosmetic side of orthognathic surgery.

I can't speak for everyone else, but just feel good knowing your not the only one who thinks about this stuff. It's ok to do so.


At 8:14 PM, Blogger Rebecca said...

Thanks everyone. Glad to know I'm not the only one. :) I don't think about the looks aspect all the time, not so much that it interferes with my life, but I do think about it quite often. In my head I have a picture of how I'm going to look and I'm scared to death the real thing won't live up to the picture in my head.


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