In case anyone needed reminding, this is what I looked like days before my surgery.
As I am approaching the one month mark of my surgery (the official mark being my second post-op on Tuesday), I thought it was important to share my experience with swelling. It is always hard dealing with such a big change in your appearance, especially since it’s not a good one. So I decided to share with all of you the nitty-gritty photos, starting with the in-hospital post-op photos. My lips were extremely swollen and were cut up very badly, so that’s why they are so damn big. However, the swelling goes down quickly.
Now, I’m at the point where the only swelling is in the apples of my cheeks. My cheeks are still numb, along with my nose and upper lip/gums. I’m starting to get back feeling in my lip and it’s sort of painful. However, it is nice to be able to feel my lip again mostly because I’m tired of not being able to feel it when I drool. Don’t underestimate how much that can suck.
Without further ado, how my swelling changed, in pictures!
Day 1 – Me in recovery before I even woke up from the anesthesia. Note the severely swollen lips.
Day 2 – I don’t remember taking this picture. My lips are still swollen, as is my face.
Day 3 – The swelling on my lips has gone down a little. Yes, that is blood on the corner of my lip.
Day 5 – The swelling of my lips is gone and the facial swelling has lessened considerably.
Day 10 – My nose is slightly crooked due to swelling.
Day 16 – My nose looks a little less stretched. The right side of my face is still more swollen.
Day 20 – Although the shadow on my eyes makes me look like a super villain, at this point you can see my acne going away.
Day 22 – Although I can tell I’m still swollen, most people I see can’t tell at this point. The acne is virtually gone and I felt well enough to get up and dressed.
Day 25 – Lower right side swelling still there.
Day 27 – My face is looking the most even swelling wise.