Beautician who was branded ‘chinny’ undergoes surgery to fix extreme underbite

A beautician spent years feeling like an “ugly alien” after bullies branded her “chinny” for her extreme underbite.

Mia Duckworth, 21, is now smiling for the first time in five years after she had a gruelling jaw surgery.

The make-up artist longed for the operation to correct her severe underbite but spent nine years wearing braces to straighten her teeth.

Her bottom jaw sat so far forward, her upper and lower teeth never met, making it very difficult for her to eat.

As well as the physical turmoil caused by her underbite, Mia also suffered years of abuse from school bullies who branded her “chinny”.

Her jaw and the years of bully shattered Mia’s confidence and every time she looked at her face, she felt like an “ugly alien”.

But now after recovering from her jaw surgery, the beautician, from Lancashire, feels like a completely “new woman”.

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She said: “The surgery has changed my life in more ways that you can imagine. Before I hardly wore my hair completely off my face but now I wear it in a really tight bun and I feel so exposed but I’m so confident now in my new face that I love it.

"My underbite affected me a lot mentally. I felt ugly and horrible. Comparing myself to my friends it was like I was an alien.

"I hated what looked back in the mirror at me, I felt so ugly. I never liked having my photo taken by other people as they always made my jaw look horrible.

"I was bullied at school. I often got called 'chinny' because of the way my jaw was and got mocked for it.

"But the first time I looked in the mirror after all the swelling from my surgery had gone down, I felt happy. I finally felt pretty. It was like I finally looked how I was supposed to look all along.”

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Surgeons broke Mia's top and bottom jawbones before removing the excess bone and then fixing her jaw in a new, straightened position with screws on May 23.

Following the procedure, Mia has also been able to eat solid foods after struggling to do so for years.

She added: “My underbite was rather large. I could fit my tongue through the gap between my lower teeth and upper teeth. It meant I struggled to eat certain foods such as apples because of my jaw position.

"And I was always conscious of the way I was eating in front of other people and tended to cover my mouth a lot when I ate.

"My jaw also used to click and pop out of place a lot and it often gave me headaches. I regularly had to take paracetamol and other pain relief tablets.

"The surgery has helped me massively with day-to-day life. When I could finally eat solids properly the first thing I wanted to try was biting into an apple for the first time in years.”

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After the surgery, Mia’s nose moved as well so her face looks quite different to before the operation.

While the procedure had a huge positive impact on her life, it wasn’t an easy process for her.

For two hours straight after waking up from surgery, Mia was throwing up blood and spent weeks after in extreme pain.

However, a month into her recovery, Mia is starting to feel like herself again and is able to look in the mirror.

Now the make-up artist wants to share her stunning transformation to inspire others suffering with an extreme underbite.

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She explained: “My surgeon warned me that I would get depression during my recovery period, having regular lows and high moments, which was very accurate.

"I’d have days where I would cry for hours and say I couldn’t do it anymore. I didn’t eat properly for weeks, having one liquid meal a day as I couldn’t enjoy the food.

"My mum blended up meals for me but it just wasn’t the same and my boyfriend brought home McDonald’s sometimes and I just cried my eyes out as I wanted to eat it so bad but couldn’t.

"That was the hardest part, not being able to eat, I was so weak and lost a bit of weight. [But] I would 100% recommend the surgery to people thinking about having it. It changes your life.

"It's three weeks of your life in pain and sore to be able to live the rest of it to the fullest and feel amazing.

"Be prepared for a few sleepless nights, highs and lows but surround yourself with the right people to help you along the way and you’ll smash it.”

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