I Had Jaw Surgery
On April 29th, 2017 I had a BSSO (Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy) where they moved my lower jaw 4mm forward on the left and 5mm on the right (to compensate for asymmetry in my lower face), and a sliding genioplasty where my chin was brought forward 8mm. So in total my lower jaw was brought forward 12-ish mm.
This all might be surprising to learn as I became very good at hiding my small jaw and double chin. I would constantly posture my lower jaw forward and stick my tongue to the roof of my mouth to 'lift' my double chin. I knew my angles for a good photo and had a phobia of anyone else taking them for me.
I didn't know that this procedure existed until I got my braces on and my Orthodontist referred me to a surgeon, and in this video, filmed about three weeks after the surgery, I talk about the procedure itself, my recovery and how I'm feeling about it all. It's an odd thing to come to terms with such a big change in your physical appearance.
I've also created a separate blog that documents my whole recovery with lots of pictures and gory details, click here if you want read more about my jaw surgery.
I hope you enjoy the video!
Simply put, I had an abnormally small lower jaw and it was beginning to cause problems with my breathing and sleep. I had always been a snorer, but it was getting worse in recent years, and I had even had a couple of episodes of sleep apnoea. This was caused by excess tissue around my jaw that wasn't being held 'taught' because my bones were not large enough to support it. I also had a significant overbite.
While on a recent trip to Bali I realised that I could no longer exhale through my nose properly when swimming in the pool, unless I jutted my lower jaw forward as far as physically possible; this problem also extended to any kind of cardio exercise that left me out of breath.