Physical appearance is often a person’s source of confidence. At a young age, Ellie Jones lacked self-esteem due to her small chin. They did not initially discover her case and only found out about it when she was about to get her braces done. Joy Hickman, her orthodontist saw something wrong with the lower region of her face.
The young lady is suffering from a condition where her lower face’s bones have stopped developing. At the age of 14, she had the chin of an 8-year-old. Her congenital disorder required her to undergo series of surgeries.
For more than six years, she had treatments at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl, Wales. Maxillofacial surgeon, Emma Wooley had done wonders on the girl’s face. Soon, Ellie regained her confidence.
“A lot of people don’t actually realize they have a jaw deformity and just accept that they have difficulties biting. By not treating it at a young age, it can cause real difficulties later in life,” the surgeon explained.
At 16, Ellie went through her first surgery. She said that it really hurt, but she had to endure it to fix the problem.
“I was on a liquid diet for about a month, which was really hard, and I couldn’t talk properly – I had to use a notepad to communicate. After a while, I was able to mumble a few words and I had a lisp for a while due to how swollen my mouth was,” Ellie, now 20, shared.
She underwent a major surgery where doctors had to cut her jaws horizontally and vertically. A year later she also had operations on her chin.
The results were very impressive. You wouldn’t have thought that Ellie’s face was previously underdeveloped.
“I mostly just felt relieved – I finally felt like I could be myself. I was shy but now I feel really confident. It’s changed my whole life.”
Jones works as a shop assistant but she has a dream of becoming a known photographer. She lives with her parents and older sister.
Watch the video below to learn more about Ellie’s transformation.
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