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Choi A-haang’s surgery diary

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Name : Choi A-haang
Age : 25 years old
Surgery date : May 22, 2009
Concern : mouth, severely projected outward, severely sunken jaw, bimaxillary prognathism, short chin
My complexes are bimaxillary prognathism and severe short chin. During middle and high school years, my nickname used to be less evolved Cro-Magnon, Australopithecus and Dooly’s lover. Even when my foremost talent is to smile, those around me tell me that I should not smile, since I look at least better when I am not smiling. Once, I had tried ‘virtual plastic surgery’ at a plastic surgery site. What I saw after the virtual plastic surgery was someone who was completely different from me. Since then, I keep on imagining before going to bed since I want to continue looking at that image even in a dream. It was during this time that a fortune came my way.
Surgery plan
Sanghoon Park, M.D., Ph.D
In case of Choi A-haang, her impression was that of a sullen person due to bimaxillary prognathism and short chin. When bimaxillary prognathism and short chin are severe, three jaw surgery that performs both bimaxillary surgery and bimaxillary prognathism surgery is conducted. Three jaw surgery was performed. Orthodontics was conducted on the long upper jaw that was projected forward. Meanwhile the lower jaw that was sunken significantly towards the back was pulled out about 10mm. After the surgery, the mouth that was projected outward and the lower jaw that was sunken in were fitted to normal position. She ended up looking very natural since the teeth were aligned as well and her profile improved as her jaw line and neck were clearly demarked.
Lee Yang-Ku, D.D.S., M.S.
This was a case in which the lower jaw had to be pulled towards the front due to severe short chin. In this case, set of teeth acts as an obstacle when pulling the lower jaw to the front. Thus, two teeth at the lower part were extracted while the front tooth below was pushed back to that space so that the lower jaw can be projected forward significantly. This is how the precise orthodontics and surgery plan was set. After the surgery, some extracted space that remained towards the bottom was removed, and the patient is undergoing post-surgery dental orthodontics to set the occlusion that suits the location of the new jaw.
Changes post-surgery

In the past, I used to let my hair droop down my face and would ask for a seat at the inner side whenever I would be assigned to a seat near the outside during orchestra concert since I did not like to show my profile. However, I am now starting to gain confidence since my face is changed, and I am surprised to see myself enjoying my performance no matter where I am seated. Until now, I had tried to lock myself up, used to agonize alone, used to try to dodge and hide… I am so grateful that I am stand tall and confidently now!! I forgot the pain immediately after the surgery, and I realize now how valuable I am.

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