Bristol Palin admits she had corrective jaw surgery


It's not what you think though. The 20-year-old daughter of GOP vice presidential candidate /*Sarah Pailn*/ told US Weekly that she underwent corrective jaw surgery in December after finishing "Dancing With The Stars."

Her face now appears thinner with higher cheekbones and an angular jaw. Palin also said she has lost 5 pounds.

She told the magazine that the surgery "did improve the way I look, but was necessary for medical reasons."

Palin said she had the procedure so her jaw and teeth could properly realign.

While growing up, she wore braces and a device to help correct an overbite. But she said her dentist warned her that she'd have to have surgery one day.

Palin will be back on TV by the end of the year, starring in a reality series for the Bio Channel. The as-yet-untitled series will follow her move from Alaska to Los Angeles with her son, Tripp, to work at a small charity. She will live with actor brothers Kyle and Christopher Massey.

Palin can also soon add author to her resume. She signed with William Morrow to publish "Not Afraid of Life," to come out this summer. Morrow has said the memoir would provide "an inside look at her life."

Levi Johnston, the father of her child, also is planning a tell-all book about his tumultuous relationship with the Palin family.

Touchstone Publishing has a fall publication date for Johnston's book, "Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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