The length of lip augmentation
recovery varies depending on the specific type of lip augmentation procedure
performed. Most patients can return to their daily routine within a day, unless
a general sedative or anesthesia was used to complete the procedure.
For injectable or dermal fillers,
the recovery time from lip augmentation is very short. You will be instructed
not to touch your lips and to try not to move them too much for a few days. Your
lips will feel swollen and a bit strange, and you may have some numbness.
Immediately following lip
augmentation you are recommended to avoid unnecessary and excessive facial
expressions. Treatment of the lips with cool ice packs (20 minutes on and 20
minutes off) can reduce post-operative swelling and discomfort. Oral
antihistamines (such as Claritin) can also reduce unwanted post-injection
symptoms. Lip swelling can also occur over the first 3-5 days following
treatment and any bruising can last one to two weeks.
For two weeks following injections you should only have very brief exposures of
the treated areas to sunlight or excessive heat. You should also avoid handling
or massaging the treated area. Make up and standard skin care is resumed the day
lip implants, pre and post
operative instructions will be given to the patient on how to care for the
incisions in the corners of your mouth. It is very important not to pick at this
area or run your tongue over the surgical site too much. More than likely the
lips will feel very large and probably numb. Eating soft foods for the first few
days will help tremendously, especially making sure to avoid hot foods if the
lip area is numb; because it will be difficult to tell if the food is too hot.
You may actually have to get used to talking and eating with your new lips and
may have difficulty in drinking liquids, especially trying to suck on a straw.
Some of the swelling will subside within a few days.
Surgical procedures - the surgeon
performs various manipulations to create new look for your lips. The cuts are
made from the inside of your mouth, involving only skin and mucous membranes.
Flaps are created to either shorter the distance or to fill the desired space.
Lip lifts recovery is basically
the same as having implants put in terms of how invasive it is. You will have
sutures and will need to make sure the area is kept sterile so no infection
occurs. Eating as well will be difficult, but trying to consume softer foods
will make things easier. Because lip lifts are invasive you will have
substantial swelling for a few weeks as well.
If your lip augmentation included
having an incision (Lip Lifts or Lip Implants) then it is of utmost importance
that your incisions and sutures are keep clean and dry until their removal. You
will need to take added care with keeping any type of cream or lotion out of the
incision unless your physician has told you otherwise. Creams and lotions can
harbor bacteria which can lead to an
infection if it should come in contact with
the incision. You need to watch out for any type of oozing or weeping as well.
Infections can happen sometimes
after the surgical procedure. You need to make sure your incision doesn’t have
any discharge that might be green, yellow, or white as this could mean that an
infection has started. If you should get a temperature you need to contact your
physician immediately, as this could be a sign of infection. Inflammation,
redness, and or swelling that are persistent at the surgical site need to be
If an infection should occur with
lip implants, this can be serious as most of the time this usually requires for
the implants to be taken out so that you heal. Because lip implants are porous,
they have a hard time letting go of the bacteria. High doses of antibiotics can
sometimes work, but not always.
After a lip implant procedure,
recovery usually requires at least a week or two. Sutures are placed outside of
the mouth and are removed anywhere from 5 to 10 days after the surgery. Sutures
within the mouth dissolve in about the same amount of time. The lips may feel
numb until the healing process is complete. After lip augmentation with implants
the lips will feel stiff for up to three months after the procedure.
After any type of lip enhancement
procedure swelling and bruising can be expected. These effects may last a week
or so if fillers are utilized for the augmentation; and up to three weeks if lip
implant placement is performed.
Lip Lift surgery can take several weeks as well
You more than likely will have some swelling with your lip augmentation
If you are getting a injectable
filler, than the swelling will subside within a few hours. However; if you are
having lip implants or lip lift surgery done, then the swelling will last
possibly for a couple of weeks. Swelling is an inflammatory response to an
injury, and if you do have prolonged edema then Prednisone might be ordered to
help reduce this.
Bruising can occur with lip
augmentation, as the lips are so vascular. Some of the different dermal fillers
that are available can cause more bruising in some people than the others.
You might experience some soreness
and pain from the surgery however; your surgeon will make sure you are made
comfortable with medication if you should need it. Common pain medication that
is prescribed is Hydrocodone, Percocet, or Darvocet. Your lips will feel tender,
stiff and sore for a few days but will subside.
If you are getting a dermal
filler, than you will not require any pain medication, as the pain subsides
almost immediately after the injection is done.
Loss of sensation can sometimes
occur in the lips after having implants put in. This is caused by swelling and
the dissection and having your nerves severed or cut. The trauma of the surgery
subsides within a few weeks, however; sometimes it can be permanent. Some of the
sensations that occur are stiffness, numbness, prickling sensations and
The task of eating right after
your procedure is a challenging one, as the lips are numb and sometimes might
not be able to feel heat. Eating softer foods after your procedure will be
easier, such as jell-o, pasta, soup, and ice-cream.
You will more than likely be told
not to exercise or to do any kind of activity that might get your blood pressure
up. Increased blood pressure can cause bleeping and also increased swelling. Its
very important to listen to your own plastic surgeon or dermatologist with their
recommendations for exercise.