Singer Leann Rimes is "powering through" the pain of dental surgery as she prepares to kick off her new tour on Friday night (11May12).
The Blue hitmaker underwent mouth surgery on Wednesday (09May12) and had to return to the dentist on Thursday (10May12) to remove her stitches.
In a series of Twitter.com posts after the follow-up appointment, she wrote, "Had stitches out of my mouth today and going to the doc for a night visit to make sure everything is ok. Ouch.
"Well, I have incredible docs. Swollen face, tons of pain, but I'm powering through. Hopefully, a good night's sleep will take away some of the chipmunk look... one of the most painful weeks ever".
The star's face was still slightly puffy when she awoke on Friday, and she admits she's still hurting as she gets ready to hit the stage in New Jersey for the first of 10 new shows.
She tweets, "Ok, I'm up....i'm moving....swelling is less, pain is still there. I'm in and on my way to NJ!!! Can't wait to see my fans tonight!"