Lip augmentations are a popular procedure because they’re relatively quick, don’t cause much pain, and get big results. But like any surgical procedure, lip augmentation has myths surrounding it and although its a small surgery patients do still need time to recover.
But will you need weeks of bed rest to get back on your feet after a lip augmentation? Read on to find out.
Lip augmentation recovery time depends on which type of procedure you get. It’s also affected by your health and how skilled your surgeon is.
For example, dermal fillers and fat transfers generally take less time to recover than permanent lip implants.
Depending on your procedure, your recovery (as far as returning to normal activities) can take anywhere from a couple days to a few weeks.
Pain management is very easy. You may experience mild pain, but patients rarely need prescription pain medication after a lip augmentation—over-the-counter medicine like ibuprofen is usually enough.
The other issue to be aware of after your procedure is dryness. You may need to apply a moisturizing or antibiotic ointment to your lips (very gently) for a few days after the procedure to prevent infections and cracking.
Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all recovery plan for lip augmentations. You and your body are unique. Depending on whether your received dermal fillers or a permanent lip augmentation, your recovery will also vary.
Still, here are some general guidelines:
Ask your doctor about the benefits of each type of lip augmentation—dermal fillers, fat transfer and permanent implants—and discuss the recovery period for each.
Complications following your lip augmentation are uncommon. But you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience:
Choosing an experienced surgeon is one of the best ways you can protect yourself against complications and minimize your risks after a surgery.
Undergoing any kind of surgery—even a ‘minor’ procedure like lip augmentation—is a big decision. Before you make up your mind, be sure to meet with a skilled surgeon to discuss your options.
Remember, a good surgeon will get results. A great surgeon also prioritizes your safety.