I had a mandibular resection as treatment for Ameloblastoma two years ago now. I am recurrence free to date, and have got most, if not all of my function back in my lower lip despite the removal of the nerve (though no feeling). As well as removing the bone and inserting a metal plate and bone graft they also had to remove part of my massater muscle to get the required margins around the tumour. As a result I had a degree of facial assymetry (a slightly squarer jawline with a bit of bulging at the tumour site due to scar tissue adhesion, plus a hollow cheek from the loss of muscle). It is not a particularly severe case in the scheme things, and most days I hardly notice it (if my face is 'moving' it is not so easy to spot). I do find it quite jarring in photographs though. Others say the can't see it, but for me it's the first thing I spot (a natural reaction I suppose - I had my old face for 28 years before this one came along! ). I am getting married next year, and I would really love it if my first reaction to my wedding photos isn't - 'oh, my jaw looks funny in that one!'. Does anyone have any tips or links to resources for using makeup to rebalance the face a bit? I don't normally wear the stuff, so perhaps if I can get it right I can trick myself into not noticing the jaw in the wedding pics that way.
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