Day 28 – Jaw Surgery Swelling Progression

In case anyone needed reminding, this is what I looked like days before my surgery.

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 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 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 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 5 – The swelling of my lips is gone and the facial swelling has lessened considerably.

Day 10

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 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 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 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 25 – Lower right side swelling still there.

Day 27 - My face is looking the most even swelling wise.

Day 27 – My face is looking the most even swelling wise.

8 comments on Day 28 – Jaw Surgery Swelling Progression

  1. Chris
    November 30, 2014 at 11:31 am (3 years ago)

    Oh my god, I am notice a considerable difference before&after, you look great. Go you…x

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    • jaelinpalmer
      November 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you very much! I still hope the swelling will go down some more and that I will lose more weight since I can’t eat a damn thing. I’m hoping six months from now to look very different than I did before surgery.

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  2. Chris
    November 30, 2014 at 11:32 am (3 years ago)

    Damn predictive, lol… can*^

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  3. bearspawprint
    November 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm (3 years ago)

    “… when I drool. Don’t underestimate how much that can suck.” That is a TERRIBLE pun!! Ouch!!

    Amazing that you are able to hold you lips together with impaired sensation. Soon all of the swelling and bruising will be gone. Will sensation return? Something with your trigeminal nerve(s) ? Surgery to relieve stenosis? If so, I do hope it worked. You are so beautiful! Wow! Even post-op your beauty shines through. Amazing

    How do you eat? Are you able to manipulate your tongue and swallow without aspirating?

    What could have been done only one hundred years ago? Some things are MUCH better than back when. <3 <3 <3

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    • jaelinpalmer
      November 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha! I didn’t even think about the pun there!

      Five years ago I had reconstructive jaw surgery due to a massive underbite and crossbite. I had chronic pain after that surgery. My jaw grew again and some doctors thought I might be allergic to the metal plates and screws, so I had the surgery again. I am already in a lot less pain and on a lot less medication.

      Thank you very much for the compliment! That is very sweet of you to say.

      My jaw is wired shut because they did the surgery the way they did it way back when. I eat through giant syringes. There are pictures of them in this post here: http://jawsurgerypain.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/a-starving-patients-dreams-of-food/ My tongue was never numb, so I can move it and swallow just fine.

      Thank you so much for reading my blog! I love yours as well.

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      • bearspawprint
        November 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm (3 years ago)

        I have now read your other blog entries. Thanks for answering my questions. 🙂

        Have you seen the old movie JAWS? Under bite is not a problem there, due to extendable jaws.

        You are gonna be OK and have a long happy life filled with good works and fun and lots of interesting people. <3

        You will not be entirely pain free (no one is) for all of your life, but now you do know that you can get through it. You are not to be ruled by fear.

        You are wonderful to be so honest with yourself and with others. Facing a bad situation like yours takes courage. Courage is a hard won characteristic. Congratulations.

        Congratulations also to your parents for allowing you to have the freedom to mature, and yet be there when you really really needed them.

        <3

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        • jaelinpalmer
          December 2, 2014 at 4:38 am (3 years ago)

          I have not actually seen the movie Jaws, but I have heard a lot about it. I did not know they had extendable jaws. You learn something new everyday.

          Thank you for the encouraging words. They are really nice to hear. People underestimate how much a little reassurance can help. I don’t feel courageous, but I have tried very hard not to let my situation stop me from achieving what I want to achieve.

          Now I will concur that my parents are amazing. I have three siblings and we all agree that we have the best parents in the world. They really are always there when we need them.

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          • bearspawprint
            December 2, 2014 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

            You will have to be cautious, people are going to want to sit with you and JAW all afternoon. Hahahahahahahaha!!!

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