Woman looks completely different after undergoing gruesome jaw and nose surgery
A singer who spent years ‘looking miserable’ claims she’s been cured of her ‘resting b**** face’ thanks to dramatic surgery that left her looking like a different person – and hasn’t stopped smiling since.
Paige Dobson, 18, of Netheravon, Wiltshire, underwent a grueling five-and-a-half-hour operation during which her top and bottom jaws were broken, realigned and secured in place with metal plates and screws.
She also got a ‘free nose job’ thrown in because hers was left off-centre – meaning docs had to break Paige’s septum and realign it to her newly positioned jaw.
Self-conscious singer and dancing coach Paige had longed for the surgery since her orthodontist mentioned it during a routine brace appointment in February 2017.
In January 2019 Paige Dobson, 18, of Netheravon, Wiltshire, underwent a grueling five-and-a-half-hour operation during which her top and bottom jaws were broken, realigned and secured in place with metal plates and screws. Pictured: Paige before the operation left. After years of being bullied because of her jaw, and hiding her smile with a ‘resting b**** face’ to avoid being harassed over her looks, Paige now feels much better, but had to pay the price of a painful recovery (pictured now, right)
Paige’s top jaw sat so far forward that her upper and bottom teeth never met meaning when she moved her mouth to smile the skin on her chin would ‘crease, pull and dimple’ and leave her sporting a ‘gummy’ grin.
Shy Paige would try to smooth the creases out by keeping her expression neutral – leaving her looking ‘constantly miserable’ and appearing to permanently sport a ‘resting b**** face’.
Paige suffered years of ridicule from cruel bullies who imitated the way she laughed and even followed her home from school, with the teen trying to hide her overbite by refusing to smile for pictures.
But a year on from the grueling operation, Paige has gained so much confidence she now loves to smile – banishing her resting bitch face once and for all.
For six months after the surgery took place, Paige had was forced to deal with regular bleeding from her nose and mouth and was left in extreme pain post-operation (pictured during her recovering process)
Paige said: ‘Before my surgery I was so self-conscious and always avoided smiling.
‘I hated having pictures taken and always covered half my face with my hand.
‘Whenever I closed my mouth it would crease up and if I laughed too much I’d be really gummy, it held me back from enjoying myself and being able to smile nicely in photos.
‘The orthodontist said braces wouldn’t do anything because my overbite was so bad.
‘When we looked back on pictures my mum always used to say, “Paige why have you got a resting bitch face?”.
‘She was obviously kidding, but it was from where my mouth was pulling so I constantly looked miserable. I felt it because I looked it – but now all I do is beam in photos.’
Paige would not smile in pictures and try to sport a neutral expression that made it seemed she had ‘resting b**** face’ (pictured with her mother Tracey before)
Paige is not afraid of smiling anymore after having finally recovered from the gruesome operation (pictured)
In addition to hating having pictures of herself taken, Paige also had to deal with bullies who mocked her appearance with cruel impersonations.
Paige said: ‘When I was 14 I got bullied to absolute hell.
‘There was a group of people who would always make comments, laugh and impersonate how I would look if I was laughing, it was really cruel.
‘The main girl in this group got her boyfriend to follow me home from school and shout abuse at me for six months – it was so bad we had to get the police involved.’
After two-and-a-half years in braces, Paige underwent surgery, known as bimaxillary osteotomy, at Salisbury District Hospital in Odstock, Wiltshire, on January 15 2019.
Surgeons broke Paige’s top and bottom jawbones and fixed her jaw in a new position with plates and screws.
A mind-blown Paige said her whole face looked so different even in the hours following the surgery that her own mother did not recognise her (pictured now)
Growing up, Paige was mercilessly bullied by her classmates for her looks, and felt she had to hide her smile (pictured before the procedure)
Once they’d re-positioned her jaw, doctors realised her nose was off centre so they had to break her septum to be able to realign her nose with her jaw – effectively giving Paige a ‘bonus’ nose job.
The transformation was so radical that when Paige’s mum, 46-year-old hairdresser Tracey Dobson, walked into the room post-surgery she didn’t recognise her daughter’s side profile.
Paige said: ‘I didn’t come round from the anaesthetic until 6pm that night.
‘When my parents came in the room my mum said as she walked towards me she took a step back and went to walk away because she didn’t recognise me as my side profile was already different.
‘The operation hasn’t just changed my jaw it’s changed my nose too – everything is completely different.’
The singer’s recovery was so painful, she could not eat anything for three weeks, due to extreme swelling and meant her mother had to syringe water into her mouth (pictured during her recovery)
The surgery has undoubtedly transformed Paige’s outlook on life, but the singer concedes it hasn’t been a straightforward road to recovery.
The teen was forced to deal with regular bleeding from her nose and mouth and was left in extreme pain post-operation.
Paige’s mouth was also wired together for a fortnight due to extreme swelling and meant the already petite teen was unable to eat anything for three-and-a-half weeks.
This caused her weight to plummet and left her relying on her mother Tracey syringing water into her mouth.
Paige said: ‘I had to deal with a lot of bleeding and my lips were left red and raw from where they’d been pulled about when they operated on my jaw.
‘I couldn’t open my mouth at all for a fortnight and didn’t look in the mirror for a week because I knew I’d be horrified – as I could feel the swelling was past my ears.
‘When I finally looked at myself I remember laughing as I had this puffer fish face.
‘The pain was awful, I had a mask that ran cool water through a tube on my face but every time I would take it off I was crying in pain.”
Paige took six weeks off college where she was studying Performing Arts A levels to recover, and at the six-month mark had her braces removed.
A year on from the op, Paige says she ‘doesn’t recognise’ the person she sees in the mirror and feels like life has just begun.
Paige said that once the post-op braces were taken off six months after the surgery, her mother cried of joy (pictured: Paige’s profile before)
Paige said: ‘When I look back on pictures before my operation it’s like I’m looking at a completely different person, it’s weird.
‘It’s not just the outside of what you see but it’s the inside as well – it’s definitely made me a much stronger person.
‘I had my braces taken off six months after the operation, I was so excited but nervous at the same time.
‘I knew when I had the braces taken off it would be the final thing to see how much I’d changed.
‘I remember FaceTiming my mum afterwards and she cried and said I looked amazing, I haven’t stopped smiling since.
Paige (pictured during her recovery) said the process was hard physically and mentally but said the pain was worth it
‘It’s the first year of me being the new me. I probably look really vain on my social media but I couldn’t care less.
‘It’s given me a real confidence boost especially with my singing, it’s changed my self-confidence completely and I now happily strut around the stage.. It’s made me love myself more.’
The performer wants to share her extraordinary transformation to inspire others suffering from an extreme overbite or underbite to take the plunge and have surgery.
Paige said: ‘To anyone in a similar situation thinking of having the op – just do it.
‘It’s hard to go through that op both physically and mentally, there were up and down days. [But] it was 100% worth it, it’s the best thing I’ve ever agreed to do.
‘Now my resting bitc percent face has gone for good.’