The dreaded profile

I found these pictures today from when I was in Australia. Ugh, my friend Geoff caught a pretty solid side profile. The top photo doesn't look too bad, because I am smiling in the other direction and therefore am jutting out my jaw a bit. The second photo I was just not paying attention to him taking pictures, so that's what my face looks like when I am not worried about jutting out my jaw. Don't pay attention to my friends in the photo, hah, doesn't look like they were aware he was taking photos either!

You can click on the pictures to make them larger

Although I hate these pictures, seeing them makes me want to back to when they were taken so badly! Pictures have a way of really bringing out emotions.


  • Terra | April 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Australia is so amazing, I can totally relate to you and the feeling it brings seeing pictures like that. I'm counting down my days until I can go back to auss.

  • JEN | April 25, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Sounds like a great time!

  • Anonymous | April 25, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Hey girl! Once your jaw is moved forward and you have the genio, I think you are going to be so happy!

    It's weird because most who get genio have a weak chin like yours so the chin is brought forward. But in my case, my chin is already overly strong. So I think mine is being lopped off. Not quite sure. Scary. You feeling nervous at all? My feelings are so all over the place lately.

  • Dani | April 26, 2011 at 8:11 AM

    I think I will be so happy too, but the not knowing EXACTLY what I am going to end up looking like is the scary part. My nerves really don't have anything to do with the actual surgery process itself, my nerves are just from the cosmetic results side of it. I have never read a blog where I have thought 'wow, that person looked better BEFORE surgery'. I have always thought surgery has greatly improved the person's appearance, so I am sure I will look the way I am hoping to, but knowing I am going into a surgery and not having an actual perfect visual as to what I am going to come out of this process looking like is what is freaking me out. My feelings are definitely all over the place. I find myself staring in the mirror so much and being so thankful that I am nearing the time where I can get rid of all my jaw problems. I am so thankful that there is a surgery that can fix this and that I am not stuck living my whole life with constant pain! I am excited one minute, and my stomach hurts the next thinking about it. I think I am just ready to be on the other side of surgery and move on with my life!

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  • Anonymous | April 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Dani, you captured my feelings exactly! That is exactly how I am feeling. My face being sawed in half doesn't even phase me at this point. All my fairs are cosmetic in nature as well. I don't expect to come out a beauty queen but I hope the change is at least as good as now, if not better. I keep thinking I am going to wake up with a nose and jaw line I hate. I have expressed this to my mom and bf and they both tell me the same thing, "Too late, just go through the motions and hope for the best". Ahhh, two more weeks and I will know. First thing I am doing when I wake is check out my nose. I hope it doesn't change at all. Impactions are so unpredictable!

  • Dani | April 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    I am pretty sure we have already talked about this, but I am pretty much relying on those stitches on the sides of my nose to keep from changing it too much. I don't think there is any way to completely avoid some amount of widening, but I am definitely making it VERY clear to my surgeon that I want him to do everything he can to keep my nose from changing too much, I like it just the way it is! So many do the same, even if it is just to make yourself feel better (I am sure the surgeon is already planning on doing his best to keep from any changes), but saying it out loud to him might help calm your nerves.

  • Anonymous | April 26, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Oh yes, you best believe I am talking to him about it again. I am planning to be really annoying during my pre-op appt! :)

  • Dani | April 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    Haha I already feel annoying at every appointment I have with my surgeon! When discussing my genio, I think I said about 5 times, 'OK, I just want to MAKE SURE that you don't make my chin too big!' I think just knowing that I have made it clear to him, even if he is probably very aware, helps me feel a bit better about it.

  • Brent | April 28, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Hey you two!
    I feel the same way, and I am not on deck for the surgery yet! But, doesn't it also help when you have complete trust in your surgeon?! And, I agree with Dani...I have not seen any blogs were the person looked worse after their surgery. The surgeons kinda use the methodology of "good form creates good function!"
    You are both in my prayers!
    Have a wonderful week!

  • Cece | May 1, 2011 at 6:57 PM


    i've been reading your blog. I can relate to so many things you have written about self-confidence and dealing with self-acceptance. I am slated to have my SECOND orthognathic surgery this summer. If you care to read my blog, you may. Wishing you an awesome recovery and great outcome!


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