This Young Woman Had Surgery For A Rare Facial Condition. Her Transformation Is Amazing!
July 26, 2016
Ellie Jones' jaw stopped growing when she was eight, but her looks and her life have been completely transformed thanks to pioneering surgery.
Ellie was born with a rare condition which stopped her jawbones from growing properly. At first, her parents didn't realize there was a problem, apart from the fact that her teeth were not aligned.
But when she went to have braces fitted to straighten her teeth when she was 14, orthodontist Joy Hickman realized her jaw had not grown since she was eight.
Over the next six years Hickman worked with a maxillofacial surgeon to transform Ellie's looks.
Ellie, who is now 20, said the surgery was painful but paid almost immediate dividends.
"About six months after it was my year 11 prom and it looked good."
Ellie told the Daily Post the change in her appearance has been matched by an increase in confidence.
"I mostly just felt relieved – I finally felt like I could be myself."
"I used to dance and I used to be afraid to come to the front but after I had it done my dance teacher said she could see the difference in my confidence. I was shy but now I feel really confident. It's changed my whole life."
Ellie's mom, Natalie, said the effects on her daughter have been much more than skin deep.
"The surgery has not only changed the way Ellie looked, but also the way she portrays herself.
"Her confidence has grown and she's blossomed into a beautiful young lady."
(h/t) Wales Online
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