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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 after treatment.



For 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.


Steps for a speedy recovery after lip enhancement procedures:

  • Apply ice packs to your lips intermittently for the first 48 hours

  • Take painkillers if you need them

  • Take antibiotics if they have been prescribed

  • Drink lots of fluids

  • Take your temperature regularly – an elevated temperature over 101 can indicate an infection

  • Don't take any aspirin containing products or drink alcohol for at least two weeks

  • Talking and chewing should be limited during the first 48 hours

  • Limit smiling and laughing for the first week *if possible*
    Sleep in a semi-upright position for the first week

  • Don't bend over, strain, exercise or do any other activities that could increase pressure to your   lips

  • Avoid strenuous activities for one to three days

  • Keep the lips clean

  • Don't eat raw meats such as sushi or steak tartar, and wash raw fruit and vegetables thoroughly.





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 monitored closely.

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 for recovery.
You more than likely will have some swelling with your lip augmentation procedure.

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 stiffness.



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.






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