As you know I had double jaw surgery…which was a real fucking ordeal.

Since I get so many e-mails about this unique surgery, I decided I’d do what I do best & lay it all on the line for you with a little video.

If you remember I was actually SWOLLEN AF for like two years. Ya, two years.

It screws with you- it’s something I haven’t really talked about but I thought it was important to share a peek behind the curtain of what was really happening. I’m finally in a place where I’m ready to open up & share the BTS with you.

Hopefully this helps anyone who’s been through a traumatic surgery. What I went through has definitely made me a more resilient person, HOWEVER it was not fun.

With that, I’ll let the video do the talking?


ICE ROLLER ( post here )


STRIPED PANTS ( similar )

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corrective double jaw surgery experience | the skinny confidential

As for the foods I ate, let’s just say I drank A LOT of smoothies and the surgery made lose like 20 pounds because I couldn’t really eat. One of my favorite smoothie recipes can be found here.

Also, I do have to say the beauty tips I picked up post-surgery have been UNREAL. Like, nuts. The inflammation tricks are lifesaving after travel, a night of too much champagne, or dry weather. Lymphatic drainage has been one of the most eye-opening things EVER. Swollen? Bloated? Puffy? Try lymphatic drainage with ice therapy & be prepared to see results. Facial massage is really my best friend now. I can literally manipulate my face from being a swollen nightmare to more tight, taunt skin. A TSC reader actually wrote a book all about this & used me as a testimonial for lymphatic drainage- you can check out her book here. Nothing better than seeing a TSC reader HUSTLE.

OK SO if you have any questions about jaw surgery I really am happy to answer them all. In fact, it’s nice to help anyone who’s gone through this random surgery, LOL!

Has anyone else had a traumatic surgery? How did you deal? Any other inflammation tips?

I spent two days in Vegas & last night was back to LA for a work dinner. Will be spending all night getting unpacked, organized, & de-cluttering my inbox/life. Follow along on IG Stories or Snapchat to hang out.

Happy Wednesday, x lauryn

+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast with author Ryan Holiday. HE IS JUST INCREDIBLE & SO SMART.

+ more posts on jaw surgery: recap of the surgery | after effects of the swelling.

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  1. Teri Giese

    No major facial surgeries,but my abs having been still a 6 pack after 4 kids; has a shitload of scars from surgeriesssss.Including the waking up to what I thought was going to be a corrected prolapsed rectum; to a fucking shitbag ileostomy I had for 10 years!Could not absorb ANYTHING,my surgeon passed away before my 3 week follow up,which I then had no help with products,recovery,WTF how to have sex again,( or even feel attractive).Gad that thing removed and reversed almost 3 years ago.To put it mildly,the ileostomy surgery and almost 10 years after,I shit everything and became bedridden at 44 years old!Could go on about the close to 25 or so scars I have,but I feel and look fantastic now,thanks to good nutrition,adaptogens,protein drinks,excercise,and a greasy attitude.Was a dancer and fitness pro into my 30’s,even competed.All this carcass went through,is amazballs!Liver failure,mini strokes,ICU,all behind me and at 56,am better then ever.Love my jade roller!!??

  2. Jill

    Confused…you said your dentist told you that you were grinding down your teeth and if you kept doing that, you’d grind them down to nothing….why didn’t he recommend a night guard, which would have prevented that? I know it wouldn’t have fixed your jaw, but it does seem like it would have been a really important middle step between “grinding teeth to stubs” and “major surgery.” Thx!!

  3. Hayley Larue

    This is actually a surgery my dentist said I could do if I decided to, since I have all of the same issues you experienced prior to your surgery! When I had first read that you did this a while back, I was like OMG, I’m not the only one that has this issue?! haha. You healed beautifully! 

  4. Emily

    I got this SAME exact surgery the summer before my senior year in high school (I’m now 24) to fix my bite (my crooked underbite was not cute lol). But my orthodontist said I needed it as my jaw/mouth would really suffer in the future.

    After the surgery, I lost a bunch of friends who thought I was just getting ~plastic surgery~ (which there isn’t anything wrong with!!!) and they were awful. BUT I do not regret it one bit – THANK YOU for sharing your journey and making me feel less alone!! xoxoxo

  5. Lana

    So grateful you shared your story, and didn’t sugar coat it. I have to under go a similar surgery next year, and no one will honestly tell me what the recovery is likely to be.
    Thank you. Xx.

  6. Sarah

    My jaw grew asymmetrically after I got my braces off when I was younger and has since caused so much pain and constant headaches. Now I’m 22 just graduated college and finally have time to take a year off and get the surgery I should have had when I was about 18. I have braces, and my surgery is only a few months away. It sucks being a 22 year old with braces, having to live at home with my parents so I can get this surgery done, but I know it will be more than worth it in the end. It makes me feel so much better knowing that I’m not the only person who has had or is having the same issues. Thank you so much for sharing your experience!

  7. MDos

    I had the/double jaw surgery on August 31. It was brutal. Those first five days I didn’t think I could survive, I was drinking maybe 400 calories a day and that was a time consuming struggle. I was wired closed for five weeks, on a liquid diet for six weeks and had to be fed via a small syringe for the first 2.5 weeks. I am returning to work now after eight weeks off. I still cannot use a straw (my lips will not close to kiss/nor is my my jaw strong enough to suck through a straw). I mainly use small paper cups but have started to do soft foods, yay! I still have baby food with me for emergencies since I can’t do protein bars yet. I am still numb which, yes, makes eating and drinking messy… I never know when I have something on my chin. LOL. For the longest time I thought, so I’ve got to take care of my baby…me, because it was such an ordeal leaving the house (baby wipes, food before and after, special cups, meds etc) and well I’m a messy eater ever since 😉 The surgery was traumatic but I also found this time very enlightening and I realized WOW people go through much worse things and for longer or even permanent periods. In this sense, my recovery, although long, was manageable. I took it day by day – if I had know I would have been definitively wired close for five weeks I would have gone mentally crazy. Also I learned you can liquify anything which was a game changer. Lauren, do not feel bad about In n Out burger – I had Shake Shack and it was the best thing ever. You do not realize how important the texture of food is until liquid is your only option. Thanks for all of your posts on this. I feel I could write pages on what to expect and what you need post surgery because no matter how much prep/research you do (I did both extensively) it is impossible to really be ready for it. Also, you MUST have FT preferably, loving/family care those first two weeks. After that I could take care of myself but could not return to work. I’m still anxious now about returning to work since I have a lisp/the change in my face/swelling/numbness/eating but it is what it is and after awhile you explain as a disclaimer and then you don’t care. Also I carry a small mirror with me that I use whenever I’m in public eating or drinking… PS I still have braces for another six months… Also I am 35. Not fun!

    Thanks for your honesty! Good luck to everyone who goes through this… it will be hard but you will survive… I learned a lot about myself as a human, patient, partner, daughter and the value of good doctors and caretakers. Like you, I am grateful and better because of this surgery. Please keep on with the swelling and numbness tips!

    1. MDos

      Also you need really good probiotics due to the antibiotics you are on.. this will help prevent infection (which I also got..down there) and help with regularity. They don’t let you blow your nose so make sure you get your nose cleaned out by your surgeon as soon as they allow… that first week I had nightmares about being robbed (and not being able to scream) or not being able to breathe at all bc you can’t open your mouth and your nose is filled with blood. Make sure you get anti-anxiety meds, a nutribullet, every kind of protein powder and nutrients/powders for smoothies and be ware certain foods (like acidic tomatoes or spice) can burn your throat initially. I also got bed sores on my heels and buttocks from the surgery.. eight weeks later and I still feel them to a small degree. Walking also helps to reduce swelling.. you will notice when you wake up you are much swollen in the morning then the afternoon. Listen to the Ghost Boy podcast on Invisibilia. I cried listening to that again while I was post surgery but it was also inspirational.. this amazing human being went through much worse things so I knew I could get through. Thanks again and good luck!

    2. Lauryn Post author

      I love hearing from other people who had a similar experience, makes me feel inspired. Thanks for sharing. x

  8. Sam

    Thank you for posting! I currently have Invisalign to prepare my bite before surgery- your post helps a lot!

  9. Aimee

    Hey Lauryn,

    I’m having double jaw surgery in two months and as of right now, am incredibly nervous. I obviously am very excited, as well, to finally be able to breathe out of my nose and have the smile I’ve always wanted. Were you super nervous beforehand? I keep worrying that the surgery might go wrong and I’ll end up deformed or dead. I know, I’m dramatic… but seriously! Did you have thoughts like this? How many days were you in the hospital afterwards? And do you have any recommendations for recovery essentials?


  11. Adam

    Hi, i currently have invisalign to prepare my teeth for the surgery, so i was wondering what insurance company did you have? because i have been searching for insurance companies and most of them seem to not cover the surgery

  12. Gabrielle

    I was told I might have to get jaw surgery this has definitely put me off. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Lauren Sumner

    Hi Lauryn!

    I was watching your new video with Dr. Mona about your skincare routine and I loved your tip about the Clarisonic for facial swelling. I had double jaw surgery in 2006 right out of college and I still get super swollen from flying, a night out with too much drinking or being sleep deprived because of my kids. And yes, it makes me look like I’m wearing a mask! My face gets that puffy!!
    My facial numbness never subsided on my left side and I always have to ask my dining companions to let me know if I have food on my lips as I can’t feel anything. The good thing is I don’t need numbing when getting lip fillers. Some weird side effects that I’m dealing with now 12 yrs out is that I’ve had to get Sculptra to fill in around my upper cheeks as my cheek implants are a bit too low. They looked great at 22 but now as I’ve aged I’ve had to fill in for volume where I’ve had fat loss in my face. Just an FYI….did they put in implants when they fixed your facial alignment?
    I’m so glad I did the surgery, best decision I ever made even though I spent my last year of college and the year post surgery in metal braces. And yes everything changed from the neck down as far as my body alignment.


  14. Amy

    I had an appendectomy that was caught way later than it should’ve been. As a result I was in the hospital for a week to fight infection. With any surgery, they pump you with antibiotics, killing the bad and good bacteria. I wish I’d known then to replenish with Kefir! It’s so good for you, especially post-surgery to replenish vital nutrients and restore your gut’s healthy bacteria.

  15. Kacie

    Hi! I have gone to so many jaw specialists and dentists because I know something is wrong with my jaw- I can’t even smile anymore – but I haven’t gotten a solution. What type of doctor first diagnosed you?

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  17. Bonnie

    Hi Lauryn! I have had jaw surgery, and am considering going through it again, unfortunately. I’d love to ask you a few questions – what is your email address? Thank you so much for sharing this!!



  20. Rose

    Could you share a little about what jaw surgery you did specifically and who your surgeon was?(in looking into having I️t done myself). Are you happy with the results- do you regret having done it because of the two years of recovery? I think I might be missing a blog post bc there’s a lot of blanks. Sorrg— new here! Btw, I just read your blog on superfoods. Zelens prebiotic probiotic spray paired with Joanna Vargas daily serum and mahonia prickley seed oil is my superfood power team. Used daily for a few weeks and your skin starts to get that post facial taught n glow.