| | assymetrical jaw due to swollen cheeks
I've had tmj issues for the past 12 years. I've also always had roundish cheeks, even before tmj. I'm noticing that my lower cheeks have a permanant swollen (not just round) look to them now. I've had three doctors now tell me they can tell just by looking at me that I have tmj problems and have for a long time due to my facial swelling. It wouldn't be so bad if I looked symmetrical, but one side looks different than the other and is more pronounced. I look like I got socked in the face. It's almost like a deformity.
Anyway, all that to say, I'm looking to get Buccal fat removal done via a plastic surgeon, to make my face look normal and symmetrical. I'm about to get fitted for a new acrylic splint though through an oral surgeon, and I'm wondering if it will magically make my tmj issues go away and correct my asymetrical face? Or is the damage done and no amount of splint therapy will correct what my face looks like?
I'm so embarrased by what my face looks like, I want to get this buccal procedure done asap. But I don't know how long I should wait for the hope of my tmj issues being resolved before I go for it. And the question again is...even if my tmj issues get resolved, will my face go back to normal.
Sorry for rambling. Any thoughts?