Day 19 : Hard lumps in swelling

Today I was feeling around my lower right jaw and there seems to be a hard lump of swelling. I think I can only notice this now because the swelling has continued to reduce on both jaws. My double chin is only slightly worse than before surgery now!

My theory for that hard lump is that it's soft callous formation in the bone healing process.

I think I'm somewhere in stage 2 or 3 of my lower jaw healing. Image source
This may explain why many jaw surgery patients have several months of minor swelling to wait on. It's not just swelling of the soft tissue, but also the hard bone callous formation that needs to slowly be remodeled into the original bone shape.

I'm starting to feel some twinges of pain at night deep in my upper jaw also, maybe those nerves are starting to fire again!

On to Day 20.


  1. Is the hard lump is warm to touch or tender?
    If not, you are absolutely right, it is likely callus formed at the osteotomy site.

  2. I am impressed that you could diagnose it, yourself 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽.


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