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What to Expect After Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is done on an outpatient basis and is performed under general anesthesia, which means you will not be awake when the surgery is occurring. Some patients will feel groggy afterwards whereas others may feel sick to their stomach if the anesthesia did not agree with them. On the other hand some patients of lip augmentation feel fine when they awaken. Pain medication is prescribed by the surgeon as some types of lip augmentation techniques can cause more discomfort than others. Make sure you have someone to drive you home after the surgery, as you will not be able to drive yourself.

Lip augmentation is also called augmentation cheiloplasty.

As far as your incision care is concerned, do your best to keep your incisions as clean as possible. Make sure to carefully follow all of the plastic surgeon’s instructions and you will decrease your chances of having complications. Avoid getting any lotions, creams or moisturizers in the area of the incision or you could end up with an infection.

If you notice any oozing from the incision lines at any time get in touch with the plastic surgeon right away. This could be the first sign of an infection. In particular if the oozing is greenish, yellowish or white-ish in color or has any type of odor these are sure signs that an infection is brewing and you need to be prescribed antibiotics. You might want to check your temperature on a regular basis, as an elevated temperature could be a sign of an infection.

There will be soreness and some discomfort after lip augmentation surgery but how much varies from person to person and this also will depend on which procedure you had, be it a lip implant or a substance injected into your lips. Your lips may feel tender, sore and in some cases stiff so the less you need to move them the better for the first few days following the surgery.

Swelling (or edema) is a worse problem for some patients than others. Some patients may be swollen for up to a month but the worst of the swelling will occur within the first two weeks before it begins to subside. Bruising may be an issue for some patients. This often depends on the person and the technique that was used. Bruises will decrease over time but in the meantime you might want to apply warm and gentle compresses to your lips to soothe them.

Numbness and a slight loss of sensation are to be expected after lip augmentation but this should improve with the passage of time. It is rare, but there have been cases where loss of sensation in the lips is a permanent condition.

The stitches from surgery will be taken out anywhere from 7 to 10 days after the procedure has been done. Some patients find the removal of the sutures uncomfortable especially when the edges of the wounds are snipped by way of special surgical scissors.

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