Young woman's incredible transformation after surgery to correct rare jaw deformity: 'It was worth the year of pain'

By Kirstin Buick
25 July 2016

Ellie's jawdropping transformation has made headlines around the world.

Like many teens, Ellie Jones' teeth were crooked -- so she went to get braces fitted at aged 14 to correct them.

Unfortunately for Ellie, from Rhyl in Wales, fixing the problem wasn't that simple.

Consultant orthodontist Joy Hickman revealed to Ellie and her shocked parents, Simon and Natalie, that the young woman had a rare congenital facial deformity, which meant that her jawbones were not growing properly.

As a result, the teenager's jaw was the size of an eight-year-old's.

Luckily, maxillofacial surgeon Emma Woolley at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd knew how to fix it -- but it was going to hurt.

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Six long years and two very painful surgeries ensued. But Ellie says it was the best thing she could have done.

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Ellie, now 20, told The Daily Post, “It was really painful, but had to be done to sort the problem."

After her first operation at 16 years old, Ellie couldn't eat any solid food for a month, and couldn't talk at all. She used a notepad to communicate.

“After a while I was able to mumble a few words, and had a lisp for a while due to how swollen my mouth was.”

It's not surprising, considering the young shop assistant's jaws had to be cut horizontally and vertically. But it wasn't over yet. Once she had sufficiently healed, Ellie went under the knife again to have her misshapen chin corrected. “I mostly just felt relieved – I finally felt like I could be myself," revealed brunette beauty, whose dramatic transformation has made headlines around the world. “Now I just feel normal.”

According to Dr Woolley, many people have no idea they suffer from a similar condition. "[They] just accept that they have difficulties biting," she said. "By not treating it at a young age, it can cause real difficulties later in life.

"I'm really glad the treatment has made a difference and given Ellie her confidence back."

It certainly has. Ellie says that in spite of all the pain, her ordeal was absolutely worth it.

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“It’s worth the year of pain and my mum said what’s a year compared to the rest of your life.”

“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.”

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Sources: DailyPost, The Mirror, Metro

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