Looking back on older photos from the first week of recovery is... well it's something.
1 night pre-op vs. Day 4 vs Day 37; the difference a month can make.
The night before I was a little nervous, but I'd watched a bunch of bimax videos on youtube; both the op itself and people's vlogs that showed their recovery. I saw heavy bruising, intense swelling, and the general consensus was that the first 10 days were the worst in terms of feeling like things would never get better.
Day 4, I thought that my nose would be forever wider and I had minimal sensation to the left side of it, along with a few other parts of my face (chin, lips, gums...). I thought I'd never see the hollows of my cheeks again (or, if I was to, that it would take 3 months minimum as my surgeon had told me) and I was scared that I'd hate my face once all the swelling had gone. I didn't seem to have any bruising though, so I was a little confused and was waiting for a "whoosh" effect where all the post-op side effects I'd seen online would hit me at once.
Fast forward to day 37 (a little bit ago now, as I'm currently two days shy of the 7 week mark) and I still had minor lip incontinence, but I had regained sensation pretty much everywhere (besides the left side of my bottom lip and a small section of chin). The swelling was pretty much gone, my cheekbones showed once more, and if I hadn't taken photos each day I'd have never noticed the changes. I can say with certainty though that for me, at least, the first 3 weeks went super super slowly and the final 3 rushed by.
I guess my take away from all this so far is that everyone's surgery and results will differ. By all means, prepare yourselves for a rush of blood out of your nose, a small scar under your chin from a breathing tube (not my experience but one I heard about in a vlog), swelling for months, severe bruising all up under your eyes and around your face... but it won't necessarily happen. Perhaps my surgeon and his team were wizards, perhaps techniques over the years have been fine-tuned to limit drastic face changes or post-op symptoms. I will say this though: it was 100% worth it and I'm not even fully recovered yet. - 17 days ago