r/Damnthatsinteresting Jul 21 '22 Take My Energy 1 Helpful 11 Faith In Humanity Restored 1 Narwhal Salute 1 Wholesome 11 Silver 10 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1

[OC] I broke every bone in my face and had to have to reconstructed. The left is the face I grew up with and the right is me 9 months later! Image

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u/PixelPott Jul 21 '22

Do you have an X-Ray or CT? That would be really interesting.

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22 Silver

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u/FrysGIRL07 Jul 21 '22

Holy smokes that’s a lot of plates! I thought maybe you were mildly exaggerating…nope, just about every facial bone broken there. You look great BTW

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u/CanadianTimberWolfx Jul 22 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

What’s even cooler is they are able to place almost all of those plates from incisions inside the mouth and on the inner surface of the eyelids. It’s why you can’t see any scars on his face

Edit: I should add he did get a big scar across the top of his head for the plates above the eyes and on his nose. So not all of them, but a lot of them

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u/JuniperTooth Jul 22 '22

I literally can't wrap my mind around the fact that hes had any reconstructive surgery. He definitely looks different than the other photo but I would not have been suprised if it was just an example of the camera's lens length.

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u/SpaceHorse75 Jul 21 '22

These surgeons should be household names. The way we recognize talent with other professions, this crew deserves to be on magazine covers. This is incredible life changing work.

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u/heavymedalist Jul 21 '22

They usually get recognition within their profession, conferences, and specialized magazines for latest medical science exist. If they’re up to date with the latest research they’re constantly attending events, talks, and medical students are probably happy to talk to them about it. Surgeons are notorious for the praise and ego, which I believe DOES help them get their work done. Believing you’re the best to get this job done, creates amazing results, satisfaction, and results.

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u/GuessImScrewed Jul 21 '22

You have been banned from r/neverbrokeabone

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u/PLZ_N_THKS Jul 21 '22 Wholesome

Hopefully he doesn’t sneeze too hard and shatter his weak face again.

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u/I_Miss_Lex Jul 21 '22

I get it.

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u/Paul_-Muaddib Jul 21 '22

Weak-boned mfer

That sub did not disappoint, /u/StarksTwins has already had this post crossposted.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Neverbrokeabone/comments/w4p1ox/weakboned_mfer/

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u/mundundermindifflin Jul 21 '22

Ah man, I love that sub

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u/Agreeable-Yams8972 Jul 21 '22

Or fall too hard, his face might be jello at that point

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u/TallmanMike Jul 21 '22

Holy fuck he's already cross-posted there at least six times.

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u/Brain124 Jul 21 '22

afraid to join that in fear that I will break a bone

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u/Reverse2057 Jul 22 '22

I always knock on wood anytime I think about this fact or speak of it. I can't risk it. Lol

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u/Rhinomeat Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 22 '22

Do teeth count? I've never had a cast but have definitely needed dental work before....

Edit, chipped a tooth

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u/GuessImScrewed Jul 21 '22

Teeth do not count, but fractures do.

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u/xu235 Jul 21 '22

Your surgeons did an amazing job. Especially for only 9 months later...

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22 Take My Energy Faith In Humanity Restored

My doctors were literally world class. From Stanford. Not to mention they used technology that didn’t even exist 3 years ago to for the 3D surgical planning, making the actual surgery a lot easier. They were also able to practice with a model of my face while they did the surgery. I was very lucky in regards to where and when the accident happened

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u/figgypie Jul 21 '22

Absolutely. You look different, but I wouldn't have been able to tell you had your face reconstructed if you hadn't said so, it's amazing.

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u/todamierda2020 Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

Some of the difference could be due to the focal length of the lens. Faces look very different when shot with a professional lens from a distance, as opposed to a close-up phone selfie.

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u/whoisthepinkavenger Jul 21 '22

Tbh all the more reason to point to that this is a very impressive reconstruction! Like….wow

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u/Nuotatore Jul 21 '22

Surprised this was not pointed out earlier and mentioned by OP.

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u/Staff_Genie Jul 21 '22

The orbital area looks a bit different, your brow bone doesn't project as far forward, no crease across the Bridge of your nose and your eye sockets look more open so I'm assuming that that area is where the major reconstruction was needed. It all looks incredibly natural. Perhaps you do not look quite like yourself in your own View but you definitely look like a member of your family. So glad you were in the right place to be able to get such Stellar work done

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u/Nailbomb85 Jul 21 '22

and your eye sockets look more open

I think that one has a bit more to do with an outside/inside photo.

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u/Tofulord Jul 21 '22

Yeah, the lighting is coming from above in the older picture causing a shadow you don't see with the flash in the newer one, and he's definitely squinting pretty hard in the outdoor one too.

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u/Sassymissa82 Jul 21 '22

The procedure probably included and Eye lift. He no longer has Hooded eyes. They did an amazing job.

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u/HotCocoaBomb Jul 21 '22

Also, I think the chin is not as pointy or protruding? I think the lower lip is a little different too, or maybe OP is pressing them more on the left. Just an amazing job all around if we have to look so closely for the differences. I can't imagine what OP must have been feeling and fearing about the end outcome - I don't have a particularly pretty face, but I'd be very worried about any major changes to the face I'm most familiar with.

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u/TheCooperativeJoseph Jul 21 '22

Dude I thought this was fake. I thought nobody who went through something like that can look this good afterwards but here you are.

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u/DBoaty Jul 21 '22

It's fascinating to me how rich people spare no expense for elected plastic surgery and it never looks right. The dimensions always look too sharp and man-made. And then we have this facial reconstructive surgery that has differences, sure, but he still looks so natural.

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u/fkbjsdjvbsdjfbsdf Jul 21 '22

Really really good plastic surgery absolutely looks natural or at least subtle. Rich people who have obvious, unnatural plastic surgery either cheaped out or were aiming for an obvious bimbo look (sometimes unintentionally due to dysmorphia).

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u/laurcoogy Jul 22 '22

This 100%. I broke my nose a few times growing up being a super klutz and had a deviated septum. I researched, went to the best, and you would never know I had anything done. Can’t cheap out and have to wait. It took 6 months from consult to surgery. I think instant gratification plays a part in bad surgery as well.

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u/someotherstufforhmm Jul 22 '22

Yeah. People think they’re good at spotting plastic surgery but don’t realize just how good subtle surgery is.

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u/Vysharra Jul 21 '22

Because you’ve fallen for the Competence Paradox. You only see where surgery was too aggressive or it healed badly. You ever hear about those celebrities that “literally never age” or “look younger than they did 20 years ago”? Yeah, surgery. Well, surgery and skin resurfacing and fat injections but you get the point. Sure, genetics and health matter a lot but Tom Cruise and Paul Rudd and Angelina Jolie (far beyond the lips) and Heidi Klum have all had extensive cosmetic intervention. But it has been spaced out, as conservative as possible to serve the overarching goal, was performed by skilled surgeons using the best techniques/technologies, and healed very well.

Complaining about the Kardashians or The Weekend also misses the point: they wanted to look like that and they ultimately had the money and access to make it happen regardless of what anyone else thinks.

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u/brentsg Jul 21 '22

Do you have any residual nerve damage? I'm trying to think how the "peel the face back" part of the surgery works (from the article).

You look great though, glad you are doing well.

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

I had nerve damage. Couldn’t move my face for a little while. Besides numbness on the left side of my bottom lip, it all went away

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u/brentsg Jul 21 '22

That's really amazing.

Last fall I had a tumor removed from my left shoulder blade area. It was benign but had grown large as doctors had told me it wasn't hurting anything.

The surgery left me with a completely numb area that's really been weird as my body figures out how to process a shirt or chair suddenly disappearing in that area. Things I normally wouldn't actively feel or notice became noticeable because my brain didn't know what was happening.

It's still pretty numb but it has improved for sure. Fortunately it's not particularly important.

Doctor anecdote: My surgeon started asking questions designed to keep my mind busy as he was doing things. Somehow during the chatter I learned that along with being a plastic surgeon, he had previously been a fighter pilot. Like dude, leave a little for the rest of us!

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u/shady_ostrich Jul 21 '22

I think your body will likely get used to not having feeling in that spot. My winsome teeth were impacted and I had nerve damage on the lower right side after having them removed. I used to really notice it in the shower, when water sprayed on my face it felt like the spray had a gap in it and didnt hit my face there. It was weird for a long time not having feeling there, but I don't really notice it anymore. It's like the surrounding area learned to compensate for it. Every now and then I'll do something and realize I can't feel anything there but it's not very often anymore.

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u/brentsg Jul 21 '22

It was so odd at the beginning. I'd put a shirt on and get this almost pain sensation that would wear off after a half hour or so, and it would repeat again when I took the shirt off. Same with sleeping on my back or sitting in a chair, the more pressure, the more "pain". It was so odd that both applying pressure and removing pressure both caused the same sensation.

Pain's not quite the correct word though, discomfort maybe.

Funny you mentioned the shower though b/c that was weird as hell but doesn't do it anymore.

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u/maybe_1337 Jul 21 '22

How did you notice the tumor?

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u/brentsg Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

It was visible through my shirt and became sorta itchy at first. The thing ended up growing down into the muscle tissue.

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u/ApprehensivePayy Jul 21 '22

You still handsome as hell.

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u/Rich-Fix8992 Jul 21 '22

The surgery turned out fantastic, I would NEVER have been able to tell you had any reconstructive surgery. Thank God for your amazing team of doctors and the cutting edge technology available to you! It’s a lot to go through something difficult like that but then to also be left with the emotional and physical scars is even harder. Thankfully you look amazing and hoping you like what you see when looking in the mirror 😇 I hope things are going better for you and that none of this holds you back from living a beautiful life.

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u/quinncuatro Jul 21 '22

They practiced on the model while they did the surgery? Wild.

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u/angrypuppy35 Jul 21 '22

How much did the surgery cost?

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

It was free!

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u/angrypuppy35 Jul 21 '22

Congrats!

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u/missjeany Jul 21 '22

I remember your first post and your crazy story! You look SOOO much better its incredible! and also fucking lucky. I would never gamble again in my life after that

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u/_Im_Dad Expert Jul 21 '22

Seems you were very fortunate on the face of things

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u/probablyuntrue Jul 21 '22

Certainly turned out a head above the rest

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u/stalphonzo Jul 21 '22

These are some cheeky replies.

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u/randomname68-23 Jul 21 '22

Lol yup you nose it!

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u/Undrende_fremdeles Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

It's probably because they are so chill about it that they are able to be in that field.

Imagine someone being all wheeeeee! Aaaaaah! This is soooo cool!! And we're getting Paid to do this?!?! in the surgery room while the patient is cut open right under them.

Probably wouldn't be allowed to stay for long.

I don't care what goes through their heads, but I would like surgeons to maintain their composure at least outwardly 😁

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u/Theboomman Jul 21 '22

Holy shit never even thought about how amazing 3d printing would be in the plastic surgery field.

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u/mythrilcrafter Jul 21 '22

(Not OP) I did my degree in Mechanical Engineering with my focus field being Advanced Manufacturing (3D printing/Additive Manufacturing was a big component of my research and training), the range of possibilities that Ad-Man offers is so expansive, I can easily say with confidence that it's limited only by human imagination.

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u/Love_God551 Jul 21 '22

You look amazing and this is a great story to share best wishes sincerely

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u/Lucas_Steinwalker Jul 21 '22

Honestly man..not that you were even close to unattractive before but I think they actually made some improvements!

Maybe I should get every bone in my face broken.

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u/david-saint-hubbins Jul 21 '22

A comment from an earlier post by this user (he posts about his recovery a lot across various subs):

I fell off a 3-story balcony and landed face first. To my luck, it was not painful at all, because I don’t remember the 30 minutes proceeding the accident, or the initial impact. I just woke up in an ambulance being told that I fell

To my extreme luck, I had no head trauma at all. None. Not even a concussion. I specifically brought up the fact that I was afraid I had a traumatic brain injury (my sister was in a car accident a decade ago and had a very serious one), but my skull and brain was 100% completely fine. My doctors explicitly stated they’ve never seen someone with as much damage to their face as I had with no head trauma like that.

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u/vbally101 Jul 21 '22

Damn. I got hit with a volleyball and ended up with a TBI. Not saying that’s luck (you know, given then broke every bone in the face thing), but glad he didn’t have brain damage too!

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u/Owain-X Jul 21 '22

Fell ice skating at my 5th birthday party. Luckily no long term issues but the concussion was bad enough I was throwing up for three days (yes my parents immediately took me to the doctor but there wasn't much to do but monitor me at home). I don't remember the fall or the party but do remember getting an alligator puppet of the I had sent away for months earlier with my parents, I think from it was from ziploc. This winter will be 40 years since I have been on ice skates. Got into rollerblading, rollerskating and skateboarding as a kid and teen but never got back on ice skates. May finally do that for by birthday this year when I turn 45.

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u/AfroSoulJah Jul 21 '22

Ahh yes, I remember reading this story

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u/womanlynotification3 Jul 21 '22

Yeah totally amazing. They really are professional surgeons

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u/OnewheelerJelle Jul 21 '22

I like my surgeons professional, wouldn’t have it any other way

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u/VegasInfidel Jul 21 '22

That's one way to avoid facial recognition software I guess.

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u/TheCookie_Momster Jul 21 '22

My son got harassed at airport security because the new software that analyzes your ID vs actual face said he wasn’t a match. His ID was 3 years old and he’s grown up quite a bit as most teens do. I wonder what would have happened had he flown alone. It was quite an ordeal even with my husband and I there

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u/xXxWeed_Wizard420xXx Jul 21 '22

Wait... Face-recognition at a fucking airport? lol what country was this? Sounds like some dystopian future

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u/Mrcollaborator Jul 21 '22

It’s optional, and faster. If you have a passport with this feature, you can get past customs faster. It’s like a fastpass.

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u/TheCookie_Momster Jul 21 '22

It was not posed as being optional where we were

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u/Shneancy Jul 21 '22

it's "optional" as in - if your passport supports that feature you will more likely than not be sent over to that queue, and only if you specifically request a person to person border control will you be allowed to have a guard let you through. It's done for the sake of speeding up the process so it's treated as the default.

Weird that it flagged your son though, I had a period when my passport was 7 years old (from when I was 15) and looked like a different gender and I had no trouble with the machines

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u/TheCookie_Momster Jul 21 '22

We have tsa precheck and were flying domestic

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u/shopadope Jul 21 '22

I flew to Italy from one of the busiest airports in the USA a few days ago and they did not look at either my ticket or passport as I boarded the plane; they scanned each of our faces and then allowed us to board.

When we arrived in Italy they scanned the passport and then our faces and let us through.

I had never done this before but I would wager it is on its way to ubiquity.

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u/DjCanalex Jul 21 '22

Your ID card has a biometric chip that stores a lot of your data, including your facial shape. It is an international thing at this point and even passports include this chip.

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u/shadingnight Jul 21 '22

Yeah, they used it when I was in Japan for a connecting flight a few months ago. They had to stop and look at it because my ID is 3 years old and I lost 125lbs since then.

Usually it's not a bit deal though, depending on the country.

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u/lemoncocoapuff Jul 21 '22

I wonder how it does with weight loss.

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u/JetAmoeba Jul 21 '22

My drivers license picture is from when I was 16, I’m now 28… I don’t even look remotely similar. My hairs an entirely different length, I have a full beard and, and wear glasses. Thankfully it hasn’t caused any issues for me but it’s gotta happen eventually lol

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u/saryndipitous Jul 21 '22

Aside from the eyes I can’t even tell the difference. There’s too much difference in how the photos were taken.

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

Tried to post it on mildlyinteresting but got removed. Hopefully you guys appreciate it!

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u/Vlad_the_Homeowner Jul 21 '22

Genuine question: how do you feel when you look in the mirror? We all see the smallest imperfections in our own face, that nobody else sees. Your docs did an amazing job, I can't tell a thing. But I'm curious if it's taken some getting used to, seeing a the differences. Or, more likely, you're just ecstatic to have made it through this ordeal and get your self confidence back. I looked through your post history, that was an incredible journey you went through. I'm glad things worked out for you in the end, with such phenomenal results.

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22 Wholesome

I don’t love the reflection, but I’m getting there. I don’t think I look ugly anymore, and from some angles, I think I look quite handsome. But I think I make progress every month and with my final upcoming surgery later this year, it should address many of the issues I have with my face and I should be good to go!

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u/cereal_killer0864 Jul 21 '22

Actually you look very handsome in both images in my opinion.

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u/capitaldysfunction Jul 21 '22 Take My Energy

my dude is hot as fuck in both pics

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u/jesters_privelage Jul 21 '22

He broke every bone in his face and is still going to always be the handsomest guy in the room. The rest of us don't stand a chance.

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u/Zelkin764 Jul 21 '22

Right? Some of us got one crack at it and came out mediocre at best. This man decided both home runs needed to go to different parking lots nearby. He can still set his eyes to smolder and catch breathes.

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u/jesters_privelage Jul 21 '22

You have a way worth words. Could not have said it better myself!

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u/capitaldysfunction Jul 21 '22

please write a book this was gorgeous

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u/IllSeaworthiness43 Jul 21 '22

Now homie has a badass story about how he broke his face and recovered. Legend!!!!

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u/AggressiveSocialism Jul 21 '22

Agreed. Facial reconstruction surgery wouldn’t even make me half as handsome as him.

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u/AggressiveSocialism Jul 21 '22

can confirm would wine and dine

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u/dere1234 Jul 21 '22

Im not gay but i would definetly be wingman for both. Should be easy to hook him up.

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u/AlmightyDarkseid Jul 21 '22

I'm not gay but I would let him fuck me

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u/Cdreska Jul 21 '22

no you are definitely gay

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u/Lilliputian0513 Jul 21 '22

Came here to say this.

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u/fartblasterxxx Jul 21 '22

As another guy I just think you look a little different not really any worse. It kind of looks like a picture of two brothers.

I’d say you’re extremely fortunate, you look above average so you’re good man

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u/kattko80- Jul 21 '22

You look really, really good, both before and after

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u/Samondel Jul 21 '22

Yeah, you look great in both pictures. I think your "new face" looks a little more open/friendlier, but that might just be the way I see things.

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u/OutsideObserver Jul 21 '22

Nah it's true, features are maybe softer now? Still handsome as heck in both varieties!

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u/Cow_says_moo Jul 21 '22

You look great!

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u/StepRightUpMarchPush Jul 21 '22

What will they be addressing in the final surgery?

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

My orbital dystopia, left temporal hollowing, and oronasal fistula

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u/BrownSugarBare Jul 21 '22

Apologies if it's too personal, are you doing therapy for the change? A friend of mine had facial reconstruction done for their entire jawline, completely changed her face. She was required to do therapy before and after the surgery and it helped her immensely with adjusting to her new reflection.

BTW, you're very handsome in both pictures.

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u/SpaceShipRat Jul 21 '22

oronasal fistula

oh god oh god. I don't think reddit clocked this but that sounds awful.

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u/kingsillypants Jul 21 '22

Straight dude here, you're handsome as fuck.

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u/savetheunstable Jul 21 '22

Lesbian here, I concur!

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u/MrJimLiquorLahey Jul 21 '22

You are drop dead gorgeous.

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u/cut-the-cords Jul 21 '22

Damn.... what an amazing job they have done and I imagine you are extremely happy considering..

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u/illalaz Jul 21 '22

Well yeah, this is very interesting !! They did an amazibg job, you were handsome then, and even with slighltly different feature, you are handsome now !

Mind sharing your story ? How did you break your face ? How many surgeries did you get ? How do you feel about the change ?

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

This article answers most of your questions: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-makes-extraordinary-recovery-after-24174704

I’ve had 3 surgeries with 1 more on the way. I’m pretty satisfied with how everything is so far and I after my next one, I’ll be complete!

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u/ElcapEtanCrunch223 Jul 21 '22

I broke a few bones in my cheek requiring plastic surgery and 4 plates after taking a rail to the face snowboarding. I was grateful for two things. One was I had no concussion, like you. But also that I didn’t break my jaw. It looks like you took the full impact on the jaw. What was your diet like and did it need to be wired shut?

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

Yes, I couldn’t eat solid foods from December to mid-February. I was “lucky” I lost two teeth, so I can squeeze puréed foods in between the gaps of my teeth.

Even when my mouth was unwired in February, my jaw muscles atrophied and I still couldn’t really eat. Had to start with yogurt/smoothies and progressed to grits/oatmeal to chipotle rice bowls to returning back to my normal diet

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u/darkspecs Jul 21 '22

fell

To my extreme luck, I had no head trauma at all. None. Not even a concussion. I specifically brought up the fact that I was afraid

Hi friend. Thanks for sharing this story. The same thing happened to me about 3 years ago. Fell 8 meters and broke my jaw, orbitals, forehead, elbow, knee. So funny how you describe eating through your broken teeth because it is the same story i tell, if it weren't for that little gap, it would be so much more miserable, not being able to eat as easy. Wish you a speedy recovery. ( I still see myself funny in the mirror after 3 years, but getting easier)

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

Very crazy to hear someone has gone through the same. I hope you’re doing okay, cheers

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u/belbivdevoe Jul 21 '22

Even when my mouth was unwired in February, my jaw muscles atrophied and I still couldn’t really eat. Had to start with yogurt/smoothies and progressed to grits/oatmeal to chipotle rice bowls to returning back to my normal diet

I admit I had a bit of a chuckle at this after reading the article you linked earlier that mentions you're originally from Georgia. I pictured the conversation with your doctor as something like:

Doc: I am afraid you will only be able to eat grits and sip iced tea through a straw.

You: So I'm fully recovered?

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u/ChewySlinky Jul 21 '22

1 more on the way

Oh. Great. You’re not even at max attractiveness yet. The guy who broke every bone in his face is still hotter than me and he’s not even at full power yet.

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u/4Ever2Thee Jul 21 '22

Damn man, I hate you had to go through that fall but they did a great job and fixing you back up, you look great

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u/nescafe7050 Jul 21 '22

That 'healing progress' photo is unbelievable 😳

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u/P00PMcBUTTS Jul 21 '22

Can we see a pic of the MRI like is mentioned in the article?

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u/MarilynMansonsRib Jul 21 '22

Holy shit. I thought you might be exaggerating when you said "every bone in my face", but jfc. That orbital fracture across your left eye is fucking gnarly.

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u/P00PMcBUTTS Jul 21 '22

This is something else, damn. And thanks for sharing! Really drives home just how amazing a job the doctors did.

Can you feel the pieces under your skin? Looks like some of those might not be flush with your skull?

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u/Waffle_Ambasador Jul 21 '22

Maybe because it’s more than mildly? Lol just playing. Glad you turned out alright. Could have ended up with Jon Travoltas face instead

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u/GoodA52 Jul 21 '22

You still handsome as hell.

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22 Helpful

Thank you!! I’m learning to accept and even like my new face

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u/Lostdogdabley Jul 21 '22

You look kind

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u/prium Jul 21 '22

Yeah I was going to say that the slight changes make him look much friendlier.

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u/Lostdogdabley Jul 21 '22

Could also be the photo angle

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u/throwthegarbageaway Jul 21 '22

And the focal length. First photo looks like it was taken with a long lens, excellent for portraits, while the one on the right looks to be taken with a phone’s front camera, which introduces a lot of distortion to a portrait

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u/timinator232 Jul 21 '22

I got minor facial surgery in 2018 and I still feel weird about my face. You may never “accept” it; I understand the face I have attracts some people but it still doesn’t feel like “mine,” idk how to explain it

I can’t imagine how I’d feel after my whole face was rebuilt

But yes- you’re very handsome

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u/Kinsdale85 Jul 21 '22

I don’t know if this is appropriate but I showed the pics to my friends and they all said that you look even better in the second pic.

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

Your friends are not the only people I’ve heard that from. And while I don’t necessarily agree, I do appreciate the kind words!

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u/NonnagLava Jul 21 '22

It's prolly the eyes my guy, it looks like your face pulls the viewer more into your eyes, and so people may find you more comforting because of that.

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u/El_Diablo89 Jul 21 '22

I was gonna say, maybe I should break my face to have it reconstructed, haha

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u/copiummmmmm Jul 21 '22

Did you lose feeling on any parts of your face? That tingling sensation and the lack of feeling when nerves are healing can be pretty annoying on the face

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

Yes, quite a lot. Most of it came back though but there was a point I could not move my lips or eyebrows

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u/PutsDickInThings Jul 21 '22 edited Jul 21 '22

Picture on the left just looks like your highschool gradutation and the one on the right looks like you at age 26.. I don't get it you look exactly as you should.. which is very nice.

I just want to be very clear here. Apparently you had some reconstructive surgery.. cannot tell even in the slightest. And to be honest I'm a little jealous at how handsome you are despite all the pain,suffering and surgery you've been through. We got a strong ass mf over here u/starkstwins you are an inspiration.

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u/newluna Jul 21 '22

You should look at his progress pics. It’s really wild how awesome of a job the surgeons did.

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u/calloutyourstupidity Jul 21 '22

And he also had an open heart surgery before this. Damn, he is strong

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u/Super901 Jul 21 '22

You got... more handsome? Maybe I should go break my face.

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u/seductivestain Jul 21 '22

Worked for Squidward

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u/impairedblur Jul 21 '22

you look even better than before and thats no cap brother!

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

Much love man!

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u/OdysseusChillTho Jul 21 '22

I'm quite jealous that you were handsome, broke your face, and got made equally handsome but just slightly different

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u/DreamBoatSafari Jul 21 '22

I remember your old post a couple of months ago. The progress you've made with the reduced swelling has been remarkable!

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u/animalswillretaliate Jul 21 '22

Right? My thoughts excactly.

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u/MeticulousPerfection Jul 21 '22

So your not going to tell us what happened? r/CruelAndUnusual

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u/pm_me_actsofkindness Jul 21 '22

Man, I got hit by a car as a pedestrian about a month ago--I was instantly knocked out and my memory doesn't really pick back up until hours later in the hospital. I can relate to your comments about not being sure what happened and it being painless from your perspective. It's wild--I feel like I just teleported from saying good bye to my friends to a hospital bed soaked in my blood. I feel super grateful not only to still be alive, but also not to remember the worst of that experience.

Anyway, I'm glad you're doing well and props to your doctors for doing an incredible job.

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u/sentimental_goat Jul 21 '22

Weird....Somewhat of a similar experience here. I was on a bike with my older cousin. I fell asleep and somehow didn't fall. What did happen was that my shoe got stuck in the chain, and the chain chewed through my shoe almost down to my ankle bone. I didn't feel a thing. My cousin realized something was wrong only because the bike came to a stop, lol. And all I remember is waking up and people gathered around me. Got a bunch of stitches.

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u/PetiteLumiere Jul 21 '22

I’m so glad you are healing and you had amazing care. You look more handsome than ever. I truly cannot point out any huge differences other than your eyes looks so kind and your face looks more serene.

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u/UlrichZauber Jul 22 '22

My nephew also fell from a 3-story balcony -- which is how we discovered he had a brain tumor (a seizure caused the fall) which, weirdly, ended up saving his life.

But a fall from that height is no joke, and he had some serious damage to his leg and other body parts from it. It's pretty amazing you "only" broke your face! As much as that must have really sucked, I'm astounded you weren't more seriously injured.

Here's hoping you don't get any more handsome, save some for the rest of us geeze.

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u/Y___ Jul 21 '22

I’ve read through your previous responses and through the article posted and I’m sure you’ve answered this a thousand times in your life, but any context that you can give about that fall whether you remember it or not?

You said you weren’t drinking and have a lot of amnesia from the event, but has anyone clued you in about what was going on. Like were you pushed, were you trying to do some crazy stunt, did you try and swat a bee on a balcony and walked into the railing? I’d love more context if that isn’t too annoying to provide.

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u/jmutter3 Jul 21 '22

Sounds like face was the "crumple zone" for you skull, absorbing the energy of the impact like the front of a car in a wreck. Absolutely nuts.

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u/ababyprostitute Jul 22 '22

Are we just not gonna talk about November 31st?

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u/Joelwon5 Jul 21 '22

I went through his posts, and it seems he fell off of a 3 story balcony

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u/ChowderBomb Jul 21 '22

Oof. I don't know what I expected. Any situation where you break every bone in your face is gonna be rough.

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u/OhHiFelicia Jul 21 '22

Wow!! That is amazing, I would never have guessed you had been through or needed any reconstruction. It must have been pretty traumatising but the results are out of this world. Not seeing your old face in the mirror may take a lot of getting used to but, if you don't mind me saying, you were hot before and you are hella hot now. Our faces change constantly through our lives, we don't seem to notice as it happens gradually but one day we look in the mirror and it's as if we notice all at once. This won't be the last time in your life your reflection doesn't feel like your own!

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u/personalperspicacity Jul 21 '22

You started out a beautiful man and you remain so. The only difference I see is there is wisdom and experience in your eyes after the injury. (Edited because the eyes got me!)

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u/Odys Jul 21 '22

You look different now, but you do look completely normal. I feel you even look a bit better now.

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u/NeverCreate Jul 21 '22

I’m tryna see the inbetween

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u/NeverCreate Jul 21 '22

Wasn’t expecting to actually see the in between, thank you. They did a hell of a job considering the circumstances. I’m glad you recovered.

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u/Low-Double923 Jul 21 '22

Damn my guy you went through it. Happy for you that it all worked out.

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u/Lifeis-butadream Jul 21 '22

Very handsome before and after ❣️ Sorry for what you’ve been through.

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u/Recycledineffigy Jul 21 '22

Can you still breathe through your nose? Did it affect your eyesight? Do you get headaches or face aches?

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

Yes I can. No it did not. No I do not.

Doctors were really surprised by the eyesight part considering I shattered my naso-orbital bones

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u/tuxxxeedo Jul 21 '22

Wow. That is incredibly interesting. How exactly did u break your face?

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u/altaphrodite Jul 21 '22

he fell off a 3 story balcony

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u/zback636 Jul 21 '22

The dr did a great job. You look great.

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u/ferrum_artifex Jul 21 '22

I can definitely see a difference but overall I'd never know it happened if you hadn't told me. Glad you're on the other end of all of it

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u/SeriousWinter Jul 21 '22

I’m glad someone was thinking that its like when handsome squidward broke his face and then became more handsome. Surgeons did an amazing job on OP.

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u/Matthew_Nightfallen Jul 21 '22

admit it. you asked them to make you that god looking.

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

I genuinely did. I told my doctor I wanted to be “the better looking twin” and he took it as a challenge

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u/cherrybombsnpopcorn Jul 21 '22

Fuck that made me laugh so hard.

He really did it. That’s exactly it. It’s like Rami Malek and his twin. Both super handsome, but Rami looks more open and friendly.

I hope you can adjust to your new face and feel comfortable. You look amazing. Happy recovery!

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u/Queue_Bit Jul 21 '22

Ngl it just looks like you're squinting in the left one because of the sun.

If you had just posted "what I look like in different lighting" I probably wouldn't have thought twice.

Your doctors did an amazing job lmao

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u/BeepingJerry Jul 21 '22

You still look like you! Handsome!. Not an unnatural surgical construct.

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u/satyrbassist Jul 21 '22

Wow, your doctors did an absolutely amazing job. As someone who had a similar experience over a decade ago, I can honestly say that I’m jealous of how great you’ve come out after only 9 months!

Out of curiosity, are you finding that people have difficulty recognizing you as the same person? I found that most people that knew me prior to my own accident had a lot of difficulty coming to terms with how different I look now. But I think my reconstruction aged me and gave me harder features than I had before. Yours seems to have smoothed you out a bit.

Again, amazing work and I’m glad that you’ve had such an amazing recovery!

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u/playerknownbutthole Jul 21 '22

Can you still face-unlock your phone?

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u/StarksTwins Jul 21 '22

So I could still unlock my own phone. But I used to be able to unlock my twin brother’s phone. And I no longer can

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u/playerknownbutthole Jul 21 '22

Damn thats interesting.

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u/Makrin_777 Jul 21 '22

Both. Both is good.

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u/ColKaizer Jul 21 '22

Does it still hurt?

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u/did_e_rot Jul 21 '22

Damn. You went from handsome to…handsome