i got upper and lower jaw surgery 6 months ago to fix a cross-bite. i had braces about a year before the surgery. the actual surgery was all right… i stayed in the hospital overnight. no pain at all. the first week after surgery was hard… i had a lot of swelling.. a ton. at times it was hard to breath. a humidifier helped ALOT. it was hard to stay hydrated also, which caused some nausea. the antibiotics also attributed to nausea. however, i never threw up the entire time.
overall, the surgery recovery has been a lot harder than expected. i have had no pain, however. the hardest part was the liquid diet. it doesn’t seem too hard… but about 2 weeks into it, i hit depression… heavy depression lasted about a week. another hard part of it was the complete lack of energy that lasted for about a month.
another issue is weight. don’t worry about weight aspect! i am 5 4 and weighed 110 before surgery. three weeks after surgery i weighed 97. however, i gained most of it back within the two weeks after i started eating again.
i am getting my braces off in 12 days! overall, it has been difficult. my jaw still doesn’t open fully without it feeling uncomfortable. there is also clicking on the left side of my jaw that bothers me that wasn’t there before. lastly, there is a tightness in my upper cheeks and nose area that the surgeon says is from the healing of scars. however, i have complete feeling back in my face, no numbness at all. the roof of my mouth is still numb a little though.
if you want the surgery because of physical appearance, i say get it. however, be sure you have at least a good three weeks to sit around and a lot of help. grinding up food took so much energy out of me and got me feeling really depressed.
i have attached a pic of me about 3 weeks post-op and the later one about 3 months post op. the swelling lasted for about 3 months.
* honestly, if you are really unhappy with your physical appearance, get it. otherwise, i would think twice. i am not completely happy with my results, but i was not unhappy with my physical appearance before*