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I’ve had an underbite ever since I was about 8 years old, but the orthodontist kept on saying ‘oh the braces will fix that’. When I was 13 I was told I’d need underbite corrective jaw surgery once I’ve stopped growing. I’m 16, I stopped growing at 13 and I know there’s going to be a delay because of covid but I had an appointment with my local orthodontist (not the one I usually go to) and they said they aren’t allowed to do the procedure before 18 on girls and 21 on boys?? - I know a 15 year old male who had the surgery last year??
My underbite had gotten very bad and it has affected my self-esteem and my general appearance- it has made my nose tilt downwards. I’m fairly certain I will have the double jaw surgery (on upper and lower jaw), however will jaw surgery change the shape of my nose and face? I haven’t even had braces yet and I’m struggling to eat and I get it quite bad jaw pain when I talk too much or eat in a certain way. When is the minimum age for jaw surgery coz I think the ‘18 year old’ minimum age that orthodontist said was actual bs. I’m a 16f and haven’t grown for 3 years, I had my growth spurt at 13 - surely you get the surgery once you’ve stopped growing? Obviously due to covid the NHS is still under a lot of strain atm, but it is really discouraging as when I was 13 I was told I’d have the surgery at around 15, now I’m told it’s not allowed before 18.
What is the reality of having jaw surgery and what age did you have it? Did it change your life and your self esteem or was it just something that didn’t really change your appearance?
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16 is a tad young to be considering it. With that said, orthodontics can actually work against it, because the teeth need to be brought into alignment for where the target position following the surgery is. I am guessing it isn't bad enough for you to qualify for it via the NHS (whereas it may have been with the 15 year old?), e.g. if it doesn't result in breathing problems.

Another thing, this is a very complex type of surgery so I'd consult with a highly renowned specialist in the field if I were you, e.g. Henri Thuau. These consultations aren't free. It's generally advised to look into this surgery ahead of anything else like rhinoplasty, because you are correct, the changes it will make to your facial profile will affect how your nose sits on your face etc.

I wouldn't rush ahead with it and I'd consult with a proper, reputable surgeon in the area. Particularly if your concerns are cosmetic in nature, any surgeon you consult needs to have an eye for that kind of thing.

I haven't had the surgery myself but I've looked into it and I'm still considering it.
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16 is a tad young to be considering it. With that said, orthodontics can actually work against it, because the teeth need to be brought into alignment for where the target position following the surgery is. I am guessing it isn't bad enough for you to qualify for it via the NHS (whereas it may have been with the 15 year old?), e.g. if it doesn't result in breathing problems.

Another thing, this is a very complex type of surgery so I'd consult with a highly renowned specialist in the field if I were you, e.g. Henri Thuau. These consultations aren't free. It's generally advised to look into this surgery ahead of anything else like rhinoplasty, because you are correct, the changes it will make to your facial profile will affect how your nose sits on your face etc.

I wouldn't rush ahead with it and I'd consult with a proper, reputable surgeon in the area. Particularly if your concerns are cosmetic in nature, any surgeon you consult needs to have an eye for that kind of thing.

I haven't had the surgery myself but I've looked into it and I'm still considering it.
Hiya thanks for your reply! Just wanted to mention it’s not really ‘plastic surgery’ or surgery to improve my looks. I was referred to a top orthodontist and surgeon by my local orthodontist because it will be under the NHS to correct my jaw as it is very uncomfortable as I have been seeing the orthodontist since I was 8! It’s not something worth ‘considering’ it’s something I was told I will have since I was 13 years old and I’ve been having appointments every 6 months since. I’m not doing it to look pretty, I’m doing it because of the pain and discomfort of having a severe underbite- I wouldn’t really compare it to rhinoplasty or other plastic surgery! They are refusing to give me braces as I’ll have them 1 year before my surgery so my teeth have been crooked! Everything will be covered by the NHS, again it’s not something like a rhinoplasty where I’ll ‘consider’ it - I need to have it done as I don’t want to be in constant pain and discomfort for the rest of my life! My question simply is when? When would I be allowed to have it?
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Well it's plastic in the sense that it is shaping the face (the meaning of the "plastic" in plastic surgery is to shape), and the procedure is complex whether it's done for aesthetic reasons or not; even if it's for functional reasons, there's a lot of risk to such a procedure because of what it's doing to your jaw. I'd ask if you can get a referral for a second opinion if the pain is making life much more difficult, and ask upfront what's the reasoning for making you wait until 18, especially if you've received conflicting advice. My guess is it could be something to do with waiting for the jaw to fSubmit reply

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