Looksmax Bimax+genio with Prof. Raffaini

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Hello,

In the beginning of this year I underwent double jaw surgery+genioplasty with Prof. Raffaini. As I am very grateful both to him and his team and to this forum,too (I found his name on here), I would like to write down my experience.

If anyone has a question just ask them here, I will come back a few times and answer them before leaving this board
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Motivation for surgery

I had orthodontics in my youth to correct crooked teeth, an overbite and narrow jaws. This left me with a Class I bite.
However, this did of course not correct my recessed chin and my lip incompetence. I had in mind to correct this by surgery for a long time.

So, fast forward (I am somewhere in my twenties now) I decided to have surgery now to improve my chin position, to fix the gummy smile and the lip incompetence I had (around 9mm gap between the lips with relaxed face, measured by me).

Consultations

I had a few consultations which resulted in different treatment options offered by different surgeons (chinwing alone; genioplasty alone; bimax+genioplasty). In the end I decided to go with Prof. Raffaini for a few reasons: The results he showed me in consultation and the ones you find online all looked very good and exactly right, he seems to have an excellent eye for aesthetic proportions in my opinion; he is an experienced surgeon and seems to be highly regarded in general and additionally, his plan looked the most reasonable to me (my chin was advanced all in all 16mm, more later, to give you an idea of the recession, I did not see how the plans of the other surgeons would address this sufficiently+ his plan also addressed my gummy smile).

I found him and his whole team very nice, they all speak very good English, too.

Surgery and recovery

The surgery plan was (surgery first, as my occlusion was perfect due to past orthodontics and stayed the same):
-advance my mandible 11-12mm with the BSSO
-advance my chin 5mm (around a cut maybe 30° to the horizon, so a little bit of upward movement, too)
-advance my maxilla slightly (he showed me the plan but I did not ask for a copy, I only remember from my first consultation that he told me he will at most advance it 2mm as my upper lip area was already full looking)
-achieve CCW via both anterior impaction (I do not remember the number, my guess from photos would be maybe around 3mm) and posterior downward graft

The surgery was in Milan and went well. Recovery was uneventful and quicker than expected. I took walks after a few days and felt fit again in general after a week. The swelling, speech and eating recovery of course took longer; I would say 90% of the swelling were down after week 4 probably.



All in all I stayed there for two weeks (I am from a different European country). One week would have been enough but of course you do not know how well you react before.

Tips: I inclined the whole bed for the two weeks after surgery to a large degree by putting the head end on two chairs (so rotating the whole sleep surface). I feel like this helped to reduce the uncomfortable feeling and the swelling and is probably superior to pillows only.
For drinking I can recommend milk+jam (blended) out of a large syringe with an attached catheter for the first few days and after that potatoes/rice+ground beef+a little bit of eggshell powder (blended or mashed together) and jam and some blended fruits. This way I did not loose any weight.

Results

Functional

The functional result is very good. The occlusion is finetuned with a removable device I wear at home and at night.
-lip seal in relaxed position now
-breathing became way easier and I cannot block my airway by inclining my head which I could before
-head posture seems to be improved

Aesthetic

I am very happy with the aesthetic result. The change was actually more dramatic than I thought it would be, a few people barely recognized me before I told them who I am (+I was surprised that I look more different from the front than from the side, I expected it to be vice versa). People I talked with it about all said that it looks very good.
-chin is in a good position now
-you only see a tiny bit of gum show with a full smile now that does not look bad (this was planned, he said in the first consultation after the examination that a full correction would be overdone as my smiling muscles are very active)
-the smile in general looks better, probably due to the different occlusal plane
-whole face somehow looks different in other areas, too, for example my cheekbones look more prominent

I think many of you would like to see photos which I understand. I am not going to send them as I have no way of verifying who you are and that you will not share them. For the same reason in your own interest I will neither discuss the price as you could also be another surgeon.
If any of the moderators have time for this I could send them x-rays and maybe blurred out photos so they can tell you what they see.

I hope this is of help to some of you who need double jaw surgery, wish you all the best!
 

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„The surgery plan was (surgery first, as my occlusion was perfect due to past orthodontics and stayed the same):"

you got braces after?
 

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"The surgery was in Milan and went well. Recovery was uneventful and quicker than expected. I took walks after a few days and felt fit again in general after a week. The swelling, speech and eating recovery of course took longer; I would say 90% of the swelling were down after week 4 probably.



All in all I stayed there for two weeks (I am from a different European country). One week would have been enough but of course you do not know how well you react before."

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"I am very happy with the aesthetic result. The change was actually more dramatic than I thought it would be, a few people barely recognized me before I told them who I am (+I was surprised that I look more different from the front than from the side, I expected it to be vice versa)."

:banderas:
 

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How long does the surgery go for and how long are you in the hospital afterwards. Also did you need a piss tube
 

ClannadXymoth

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Sounds like a LARP advertisement by a surgeon, not an actual former candidate of this surgery.
 

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Sounds like a LARP advertisement by a surgeon, not an actual former candidate of this surgery.
raffani is one of the most well known surgery tbh. i dont think he needs his work to be promoted here lol

non of this story is unbelievable. jaw surgery is one of the safest surgery outthere. you can go back to work after 2 weeks in general. the only thing that takes longer to disappear is numbness and the swelling to go down 100%
 

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Glad to hear it went well. I’m surprised that he suggested such an aggressive movement amount for the mandible, he’s typically conservative. Did you have to coax him or was that his own idea?
 

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raffani is one of the most well known surgery tbh. i dont think he needs his work to be promoted here lol

non of this story is unbelievable. jaw surgery is one of the safest surgery outthere. you can go back to work after 2 weeks in general. the only thing that takes longer to disappear is numbness and the swelling to go down 100%
Okay, how much does this Raffaini charge?
 

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@Leontheprofessional
Did you hire a care giver while you were there?

How did you get food? Were you able to cook for yourself in your post operative condition?
 
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