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Lip Augmentation

Lip Augmentation

Begin one day prior to surgery

  • Start taking Valtrex (Antiviral) 500 mg two times a day, starting one day prior to surgery…
  • DO NOT take aspirin or ibuprofen products (i.e. Bufferin, Anacin, Advil, Motrin, Anacin-free, Excedrin) 1 week prior or 2 weeks post surgery. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is okay.
  • Cleanse face prior to surgery (WEAR NO MAKE-UP TO THE OFFICE THE DAY OF SURGERY).
  • DO NOT SMOKE! Smoking can cause poor wound healing and may result in bad scarring.

Supplies for lip augmentation

  • Prescriptions- pain medication, antibiotics, anti-viral.
  • Small tube of Bacitracin or Neosporin ointment
  • Q-tips
  • Small bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Crushed ice and small Ziploc bags to make cool packs
  • Vaseline, Carmex or Chapstick to keep lips moist
  • Small Childs toothbrush

Post-operative instructions

General instructions

  • Rest quietly the rest of your surgery day. The next day you can perform routine activities. No exercise for 1-2 weeks.
  • Sleep on your back with head elevated using 3-4 pillows for at least 7 days to minimize swelling.
  • No bending over, lifting or straining for 3-4 days.
  • Eat foods that are soft and require minimal chewing. No hot or salty foods or fluids for 48 hours.
  • NO SMOKING for at least two weeks after surgery. Smoking will inhibit your healing process.
  • AVOID opening the mouth wide to prevent incision site separation (opening)
  • Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after meals.
  • Clean incisions at corner of mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide (½ hydrogen peroxide, ½ water) then apply antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Polysporin) 3 times per day.
  • Use cool compresses for 24 – 48 hours to reduce swelling. NO DIRECT ICE.
  • Keep lips moisturized for 2-3 weeks with Vaseline, Carmex, or Chapstick.

1 week post surgery appointment

Verify that the implant remains centered. Gently feeling the tapered ends of the implant are in the same position on each side / top and bottom.

2 week post surgery appointment

Discuss stretching exercises: should be performed 2-3 times a day for 2-3 months to help alleviate excessive scar tissue formation.

  • Stretching exercises are to be started when sutures are gone and incisions have healed (usually by 2 1/2 – 3 weeks Post-op).
  • Examples of stretching will include:
    1. Opening mouth widely.
    2. Excessive smiling (pulling lips tightly against teeth)