Thursday, June 01, 2006

Apparent evolution...

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Above: Before and after SARPE surgery (42 days post expansion). The area above my top lip seems more rounded. Nose is turned up slightly. Cheeks look fuller (I think I still have some residual swelling). Noted difference in upper lip rise. Things are still moving around but I think I look pretty good at this point. I've had a couple of comments from people saying they can see a difference, but when I ask them how they can't really describe it.

Houston, we have contact! 42 days post expansion. I can definitely still feel movement going on, still a ways to go but getting there. Still feels tight when I smile and still can't bite into anything harder than a banana or jam sandwich.


At 1:22 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Hey Graham,

You might not see it, but you can tell in your photos the difference immediately. Its subtle, but that subtle difference is noticable and yes, I see an improvement. It was the same with me. People noticed, but couldn't quite say what improved.

What I see is that your upper jaw now is more in proportion with your lower jaw. You have the correct visual width. That's what I noticed for me too. Not that we looked bad before, just that afterward, we look better.

I hope your doing ok with the appliance. It took me forever to bite into things, I still don't with my front teeth, not worth the effort. I find that I just cut everything.

You mention you get bottom braces soon. One step closer, one more milestone. Good luck and glad to see you progressing so well. The pictures are great!


At 1:47 AM, Blogger Brandyleigh35 said...

Hey Graham,
Yes I can see the difference too! While not hugely noticible, I can see it and would agree, it is complimentary for sure.

You are almost exactly halfway behind me. I'm right at 3 months now and you are at 1.5 months. You will be amazed at the changes that continue to happen over the next month or so. I literally saw change everyday! 3 months it has pretty much come to a halt. Also..I have full feeling back now and with the TPA I can eat most anything. Really hard stuff like certain meats etc are still a bit difficult, but I can even bite sandwiches with my front teeth now no problem.

Things are definitely looking good though! Great progress! How are you liking your new results?


At 12:57 PM, Blogger Graham said...

Hey Brandy and Amy...

Thanks for your kind words. It's nice to hear it from my fellow SARPEr's! I'm happy with the result so far. It does look pretty apparent, especially in the profile photos. Funny how I didn't really see it until I compared side by side. The photos of my teeth though are like night and day. My arch is FAR better looking than it was and I am thrilled with that! In fact just yesterday I was noticing that it seemed rounder even from the front view in my bathroom mirror.

It's good to know that progress will continue, Brandy, I've been sort of going by what you're saying in terms of how you're feeling, and where I am in comparison based on number of weeks since expansion, so that is comforting.

Amy, my appliance is manageable. Seems like it has been easier to deal with than Brandy's since it is a different model. Six more weeks till I throw it on the subway tracks!

Actually the big thing now seems to be the heightened awareness I still have of the very tops of my teeth, under the gum where it meets the bone. I feel as if I have a line going across my face, and it stretches when I smile, and sleeping on my side isn't very comfortable. Not painful, but definitely something I hope will disappear soon!

I'm off to the ortho in a few minutes to have my lower braces put on. More on that later!


At 7:25 PM, Blogger Shontell said...

Hey look at you! I can see a difference for sure. It's not concaved anymore at the top. My face is looking different too already. Mainly I noticed my nose is straighter. Scratch nose job off the list! YES! lol
Your looking goood. ;)

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had an upper laforte osteotomy done was not given a clear idea that the lips would potrude - now my lips potrude way too much and the nose has deflated down cause its so heavy. My cheeks looks all jolly and rounded with the higher position - be careful when you get this done, make sure you fully understand the change - don't just assume it will look better cause the doctor says so.

At 1:08 AM, Anonymous cosmetic dentistry beverly hills said...

yup. at one quick glance, one wouldn't notice the difference right away but for a practiced eye, there certainly is an improvement. :)



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