Category Archives: Jaw Surgery 2014

2018: New Year, (Pretty Much the) Same Old Me

It’s been a long time since I gave an update on my life and an explanation of the things you may have seen on my social media. And so after a beautiful New Year’s Day celebration with my loved ones, I thought it might be time to share some of the things going on in my life at the end of 2017!

I’ve had a lot of changes with my health and wellness this fall. As many of you know, I am a Beachbody coach (and have been for 5 years!). As someone who runs around like a chicken with her head cut off most of the time, they are the solution to keeping me sane: I stream professional yoga sessions, get tips on weight lifting from the pros, and get my ass kicked by Shaun T anytime I want. I avoid junk food by whipping up a meal I can have on-the-go, since most of my meals this fall were done standing up and on-the-go.

 

But this Fall a local Cyclebar franchise opened in my neighborhood. (If you don’t know what Cyclebar is, it’s a spinning studio that focuses on riding your bicycle to the beat of the music playing in your workout session. Not to mention the immense amount of amenities you get with your membership.) This local Cyclebar studio offered 3 weeks of free classes to get people in the neighborhood a chance to see what all the fuss is about. Now, I gotta be really honest….as someone who works out from home and teaches fitness classes at a gym (and, therefore, gets a gym membership for free)……I had very little expectations when I decided to give Cyclebar a try.

 

Once the first class began, I knew I was in trouble. The energy was infectious. The music programming was superior and passed my annoyingly-high standards. The workout was really tough but very rewarding.  Needless to say….I was hooked.

 

 

I decided to connect with the owners of our local Cyclebar studio and, after much dialogue, I’m proud to say that I am one of Cyclebar’s Brand Ambassadors.

What does that mean?

I help with special events like charity rides (the proceeds completely go to a nonprofit/charity), race expos, fundraisers, etc.

I’ll be hosting a free workout class for all of my friends and family in the near future. (How cool is that?)

I’m also able to give a free first class to my friends and family who want to try it too!

 

 

But you won’t see me spamming your Facebook with anything other than post-workout selfies. I have nothing to sell, nothing hidden. I just love to work out there and want to help others try the studio too. The end.

 

“Does this mean you aren’t a Beachbody coach anymore?”

Actually, no! I’m still a Beachbody coach. You may not see me post that much about it anymore, but I’m still here. My social media presence is changing though….someone can only be ignored and feel insignificant by so many people when you realize your voice is best used in a more valued platform. It can be exhausting to be discounted by so many people for so long. It’s taken a toll on my self-worth in the health & wellness world.

If you are one of the women who keep your light shining among the sea of MLMs right now, then I so applaud you. For now, I will take care of my tribe of ladies and always welcome others, but not bug you constantly about it.

(Sidenote: I talked with Beachbody’s Compliance Department and I am to expressly share that helping the community at Cyclebar has NOTHING to do with being a Beachbody coach. I did my legal duty there.)

 

I’m just a person, like so many of you, who tries new things in life along the way and collects them into my daily habits, like seashells into my pockets after a beach vacation.

  • I started my wellness journey with Beachbody, and I continue to help others find that health/wellness solution if it’s right for them.
  • I consult with jaw surgery patients and plead with them to take their nutrition seriously (advice that I wish more people would take!).
  • I also like to help out the local community and ride at Cyclebar AND teach fitness classes (to fantastic people) at a local university.

 

 

I’m Amanda, and I am shaped by my past and current experiences. I’ve learned recently that it’s okay to piece together so many unique interests and traits that most people may not understand why you do everything you do. And that’s okay.

I always thought that it was strange to be a professional musician who loves healthy eating and fitness, but that was a self-created personal limitation. If my life expands into new avenues as I grow, I’m now okay with that.

 

 

2018’s New Year’s Resolutions

This year my New Year’s Resolutions aren’t to transform myself into this crazy-unrecognizable person. As you can see above, that has already happened over the course of 5-7 years. But my goals this year are to do the following:

  • Finish my Master’s Degree (I’m almost there!)
  • Become debt-free except our mortgage (bye bye, student loans)
  • Work towards fluency of another language (either French or Polish)
  • Complain less. Express gratitude more.

 

 

Let’s see how 2018 goes, shall we?

 

In peace & good health,

Amanda

 



The Cost of Jaw Surgery in the United States

Today I’m going to share my experience when it comes to the cost of jaw surgery in the United States, but before I do, allow me to introduce myself! So as many of you know, I got jaw surgery in February 2014. When I was in the midst of the jaw surgery planning process, I didn’t find as much support as I would have hoped. In fact, any documentation from jaw surgery were graphic, horrifying pictures of people post-op! It was enough to scare me out of the process entirely. As a result, I’ve worked to pay it forward and help as many people ever since. With my jaw surgery support group, The Smile Diaries (click here to apply), and my YouTube channel (click here to subscribe), I want to keep helping as many people as I can!

 

Let’s address the topic of the day. When it comes to documenting my jaw surgery journey, I get asked constantly: “What is the cost of jaw surgery”? “How much did your jaw surgery cost?”

 

The honest answer to this is…”I can’t tell you how much your surgery will cost!” Technology and methodology is completely different across the world. The cost of jaw surgery depends on too many factors for me to tell you how much yours will cost. But I’ve found that the cost of jaw surgery in the United States can be estimated depending on some crucial questions to your health insurance provider. And so, without further ado, I give you my most recent jaw surgery YouTube video.

 

In this vide I address things like:

  • Things to ask your oral surgeon
  • Things to ask your health insurance provider
  • Budgeting options for your jaw surgery
  • Is your oral surgeon in-network or out-of-network?

and more. I hope this helps! Watch and enjoy:

 

 

Do you want more videos like this? Then click here and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Do you have questions about the cost of jaw surgery? Reach out to your oral surgeon and healthcare provider! They will help you best. Good luck!

 



How to Pick your Oral Surgeon for Jaw Surgery

Today I’m going to talk about jaw surgery prep from the beginning: picking your oral surgeon.

How do you pick the best oral surgeon for you? Shop around!  If you have the ability, ask your orthodontist for recommendations of an oral surgeon.

I consulted with 3 different oral surgeons when I was getting ready for my surgery. I came in with a list of questions that I wanted to ask them, like:

-“How long will I be in the hospital?”
-“What will my recovery time be like?”
-“How long would my surgery be with you?”
-“Would I be wired or banded shut afterwards?”
-“Would your services be covered in my network of health insurance?”
-“How long have you been doing surgeries like mine?”
-“Is there anything else I should know?”

These simple questions revealed a LOT about each surgeon.

1. My first surgeon was new at doing jaw surgery, but trained underneath the guy I ended up choosing. I just couldn’t shake his lack of deep experience.

2. The second guy had been doing this for a very long time….but his philosophy seemed very antiquated. He wanted me to give 1-2 pints of blood the week before the surgery “just in case I had a lot of blood loss” (????). He also said my surgery would be 6 1/2 hours long. “That’s longer than my dad’s kidney transplant!” I responded. I just didn’t get a good vibe with him.

3. The oral surgeon I chose was in-network, and the surgeon my orthodontist recommended. He was a little cocky, but in a good way: “Look,” he said, “I do this surgery multiple times every week. I have an even worse case to do than yours this Thursday. If you were to go with me, I can tell you that everything will be fine.” (This guy’s the oral surgeon that fixes the jaws of our NHL hockey team when they get busted during a game!)

Phew! That’s the first time I’ve ever shared my experience on how I chose my oral surgeon for my jaw surgery!

I plan to make a video about this soon, but in the meantime, I hope this helps!

To those of you who are already knee-deep in oral surgery prep: How did you pick your oral surgeon for jaw surgery? Did you even have a choice?

 

I hope to hear from you!



3 Things to Consider Before Getting Adult Braces or Jaw Surgery

Hi there! If you came across my blog because you’re considering getting adult braces or jaw surgery, then congratulations! I hope this information helps you!

 

When I considered starting my jaw surgery journey a few years back, I didn’t know where to start. I only found graphic, disturbing videos on YouTube, and it almost talked me out of getting the surgery. It’s been my mission ever since to help other people find honest, clear-cut (non-graphic) support when it comes to deciding if adult braces and/or jaw surgery is right for them.

 

Here is a video I recently made about the 3 things you should consider before getting adult braces or jaw surgery. Check it out below:

 

 

What are some of the questions you have about adult braces or your jaw surgery journey? For more medical questions, contact your orthodontist or oral surgeon. If you want help/advice on what to eat pre- and post-op, or why I chose to get my jaw surgery done, contact me and we’ll talk!

 

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My Adult Braces Jaw Surgery Story

A lot of traffic for my blog comes from those of you who are considering getting jaw surgery. To you I say: “hello! Welcome!” 🙂

 

Getting jaw surgery was one of the scariest decisions I had to make. But if I had to do it again, I really would. In this video I lay out:

  • How many times I actually had braces
  • Why I needed jaw surgery
  • What made me decide to do jaw surgery
  • How long the process took, overall

I hope it helps you! Check it out here:

 

Are you considering getting jaw surgery done? Or are you just considering getting adult braces? Apply to our jaw surgery/adult braces support group on Facebook! 

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Announcing….a Jaw Surgery SUPPORT GROUP!?

Okay, so this idea came to me awhile back and I’ve been itching to do something about it. I think it would be so beneficial to start a support group for those who are getting jaw surgery (or just have adult braces)!

 

Want to hear more? Check out my YouTube video here:

 

 

 

TO APPLY FOR ENTRY INTO THE GROUP, click here! Apply for my Jaw Surgery Support Group!

I talk with so many people, weekly, who could so benefit from this!

I hope to see you there- let’s smile onward!

 

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Stay Tuned…..for a jaw surgery e-book!

So this morning I’ve been working on an idea that (I hope) will help a lot of people….and that’s a jaw surgery e-book!!

Lately I’ve been getting at LEAST one request a day for guidance when it comes to their jaw surgery….while I’m not an oral surgeon (and I never claim to be!), I know how lonely it can feel during the jaw surgery process. It’s so nice to know someone who’s considering getting a surgery that, essentially, changes your face!

[People think that it’s a cosmetic surgery, but 99.9% of the time it’s very health-related (chronic pain, TMJ, headaches, etc.).]

Anyways, I’m looking through my pictures for the e-book and while I can’t spill the beans on too much right now, I’ll share a side-by-side that I put together. Crazy, right?
Now I hope I can continue to be a voice of support for others across the country who are considering doing the same.

Stay tuned!

[for my jaw surgery story, click here:
http://www.amandaplazek.com/my-jaw-surgery-story-2014/

for my 2 year post-op reflections:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brVHH6OJ62w]

AmandaPlazek.com jaw surgery side by side



2 Years Later….Jaw Surgery Results Check-In

It’s been almost 2 years since my jaw surgery! WHAT!

 

Jaw surgery has been one of the best decisions of my life, and I work with people every day across the country who are making the same decision. As I reach my 2-year anniversary, people ask me, “Would you do it again?” “What side effects do you have to this day?”

 

Instead of writing a blog entry, here’s an update video for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

 

 

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Happy Anniversary to ME!

It was on October 1, 2012, that I decided to create my “day 1”. I remember thinking, “everyone who is fit and in shape all had their ‘Day 1’. Today is going to be mine.”

I went to the gym and decided to make a goal of running one mile by Christmas. In the span of a month, I ran two without stopping. I crushed my goal and ran 3.1 miles two days before Christmas and haven’t looked back since.

Since that wonderful October day, I have taken a new path in life.

I opened my own business and help women all across the country learn how to eat better and set long-term goals for their health.

I work every morning to make an impact in their lives.

I still exercise regularly (and plan to start P90X3 today!).

I am terrified to announce that the fiancé and I will be training for the half marathon, which is two weeks before our wedding (did I just post that??).

I still love potato chips just as much as I did when I started two years ago.

I have mustered up the courage to get my braces on, have double jaw surgery, come through it with flying colors (thanks, Shakeology!), and have an awesome smile to prove it.

I am planning a wedding to this guy I love. I think he’s pretty cool.

I get to dream again. I get to envision where our future house will be, and actually know how we will pay for it.

I am blessed with a clear-cut vision for my team of coaches who want to create a legacy by helping to end the trend of obesity in the United States.

And it was all because I wanted to run one mile.



Drumroll please….my life without braces

You have no idea how incredible I feel writing this blog post. I never thought this day would come, but alas, it has! I am thrilled to introduce to you… my new smile.

 

Ta da!

Photo on 9-24-14 at 1.50 PM Photo on 9-24-14 at 3.42 PM

 

After just about 17 months of braces and double jaw surgery, I am more than thrilled with my beautiful new smile. People have said to me, “but you looked beautiful before!”. Unfortunately, they’ve missed the point. I didn’t do this to “become beautiful”. I did this to fix my jaw. To fix the TMJ issues I was already having: jaw pain, chronic headaches…the list goes on. Seeing my straight teeth and correct bite are the perks, but not the reason!

 

 

My jaw surgery journey, in pictures

My jaw surgery journey, in pictures

 

The journey has been blessed with support and love from my friends and family. My fiancé hasn’t left my side since I left the operating room in February. He became my warrior, my rock and my light, fighting to make me comfortable as I healed. I’m so grateful for him and my family who supported me and saw the reason for the journey.

I was also blessed with the God-given knowledge to drink Shakeology for nutrition during my post-operative recovery. Goodness, it was worth every penny. I didn’t realize how good I had it until after I was done with surgery, having zero bruising (which is pretty much a given in jaw surgery) and incredibly minimal swelling.

I’ve also realized, even more, how critical the management of our own health really is. If we don’t take initiative for our own future, we will become vulnerable to losing grip on our health. We need to do things for our future that scare us. We need to nourish ourselves and give our bodies the best chance possible to live long, healthy, loving lives with our family.

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Would I do it again? Yes. Absolutely yes. THANK YOU to all who followed my journey and supported me throughout the entire process! I couldn’t have done it without you.

 

 

Watch my reactions and reflections in video form here: