Lip Augmentation Recovery
After lip augmentation, recovery usually requires very little downtime. Often, patients who have undergone lip augmentation can return to their normal routine within a day. Learn more about what to expect following lip augmentation to assist you during the recovery process.
What to Expect after a Lip Augmentation Procedure
Lip augmentation through the application of lip fillers, fat transfer procedures, or the placement of lip implants are usually performed right in the doctor’s office. The length of lip augmentation recovery varies depending on the specific type of lip augmentation procedure performed. However, most patients can return to their daily routine within a day, unless a general sedative was used to complete 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. Discomfort during the lip augmentation recovery process is minimal and rarely requires management with prescription pain medication.
Returning to Your Normal Routine
The lip augmentation recovery process following fat transfer or lip enhancement with injectable lip fillers generally requires a day’s rest before patients can return to normal activities. Post-operative discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers.
After a lip implant procedure, recovery usually requires at least a week, and many patients find that this process takes up to two weeks. Sutures placed outside of the mouth are removed about 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. Additionally, lips may feel stiff for up to three months after the procedure.
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Benefits of Lip Enhancement Procedures
The benefits of lip augmentation include improved appearance and heightened self-confidence. Injectable lip fillers, fat transfer, and lip implants can be utilized to transform aging, disproportionate, or naturally thin lips into smooth, plump, youthful-looking lips within one trip to the doctor’s office.
Plump lips are a sub-conscious biological signal of youth and fertility, and are a symbol that transcends cultural fads. As women age and estrogen levels decrease, the lips may lose their volume and appear progressively thinner over time. Applying lipsticks and glosses is often counter-productive, resulting in lipstick lines caused by creasing along the lip border. Lip augmentation can restore lips to their youthful, sexy plumpness or give naturally thin lips volume which they never had before.
Possible Complications of Lip Augmentation
Complications of lip augmentation are rare. However, as with any medical procedure, there are some risks to consider. Infection is a possibility, so it is important to monitor healing after any type of lip augmentation procedure. Any inflammation or oozing should always be reported immediately to the physician. Though uncommon, the body can occasionally reject lip implants, necessitating their removal. Lip implants can also migrate, which usually requires a second procedure to readjust the alignment of the implant.
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