After Getting Lip Implants
In the excitement of your lip augmentation procedure, it can be easy to forget that your recovery is just as important as the surgery itself when it comes to reaching your ideal results. Taking care of your body as you heal from surgery is an important aspect of your overall experience and in creating a natural-looking outcome.
Request a consultation to meet with Dr. Joseph J. Castellano and learn more about what to expect both before and after getting lip implants. A Tampa Bay native, Dr. Castellano is well-known as one of the best cosmetic surgeons and lip enhancement specialists in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.
What to Expect after Surgery
During your initial consultation with Dr. Castellano, he’ll explain what you can expect during the recovery process. However, it’s common for people to forget that the recovery is a critical step in developing your results.
Immediately after your surgery, you can expect one or more of the following:
It’s normal for the lips to become slightly swollen for the first few days or week after your procedure.
Some bruising may develop around the incision sites at the corners of the mouth. This should subside over the first several days or week.
The lips may feel tender to the touch and tight for the first week or two after your surgery.
Any discomfort resulting from lip augmentation is usually mild and few people require a prescription medication to feel comfortable. However, if you’ve combined your lip implant procedures with other facial or body surgeries, Dr. Castellano can prescribe you something to help manage any pain. Dr. Castellano’s staff will schedule your first follow-up appointment and provide a detailed explanation of post-operative instructions.
What to Expect during Recovery
Each person’s recovery process is a bit different and yours will depend on the size of implants, whether one or both lips were augmented and how your body responds to surgery. In general, you can expect your recovery after getting lip implants to follow a rough timeline:
The First Few Days
Immediately following your surgery, you’ll likely notice a tight feeling across your lips, along with some swelling. Bruising may also develop in the first couple of days. Dr. Castellano may give you a course of antiviral medication to minimize the chance of developing an infection. You may wish to use cold compresses to help swelling subside. You should keep your lips moisturized with petroleum jelly and your sutures cleaned with hydrogen peroxide. It’s important to refrain from smoking or massaging the lips during this time to prevent infection or displacement of the implants. You may also wish to use a child’s toothbrush to brush your teeth to avoid straining your lips too much or bumping the surgical site.
The First Week
Swelling should be subsiding or fully diminished by the end of the first week. You may still have some light bruising, which should fade by the second week. Most people return to work within only a few days after getting lip implants. Continue to moisturize your lips and keep your sutures clean. You likely still have some tenderness of the lips and should continue to avoid smoking and massaging of the implants.
The First Month
By the end of the first month, your incisions should be mostly healed. Your swelling and bruising should be gone and you can begin some stretching and tightening exercises. Three times a day, perform 10 to 15 repetitions of opening your mouth wide, smiling wide and then puckering your lips. This will help decrease tightness and encourage the lips to acclimate to their normal range of motion with implants.
The First Few Months
By about 3 months after surgery, your lips should have fully healed. You can discontinue the stretching and tightening exercise and return to your normal lifestyle. Because lip augmentation is performed using very small incisions at the oral commissures, the corners of the mouth, most people do not develop noticeable scarring. However, it’s still important to keep your lips moisturized and the incision sites protected with sunscreen so your scars can heal optimally. Scars can continue to mature for over 1 year.
Because your body will continue to respond to age, lifestyle and other variables, this guide does not encompass every stage of recovery. However, you can expect your lip implants to be long-lasting so you can enjoy your new look for many years to come. The best way to ensure an optimal outcome is to plan your experience as thoroughly as possible, including your recovery and what to expect before lip augmentation.