How long does it take to recover from a lip enhancement?
The downtime for nonsurgical lip enhancements (filler injections and permanent makeup) is minimal. You may experience some bruising or swelling which will subside with time.
The downtime for surgical lip enhancements is typically around one to two weeks. Your surgeon will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After your surgery, your surgeon will give you and your caregiver detailed instructions about your postoperative care, including information about:
- Typical symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complications
It is vital that you follow all the patient care instructions your surgeon provides. It is also important to know that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
What can I expect immediately after my lip enhancement (surgery)?
- You will experience postoperative bruising and swelling, with mild to moderate discomfort for a day or two.
- You can apply a cold compress to the operative site to reduce swelling, bruising and pain.
- You may need to limit yourself to a liquid-only diet for one or two days.
- You will most likely be mobile the day of your surgery, but you should restrict your activities.
What can I expect during the first few weeks of my lip enhancement (surgery) recovery?
- You should be able to return to work and other normal activities within a week.
- Your surgeon will remove your stitches four to six days after your surgery; sutures placed inside the mouth will dissolve in a similar period of time.
- You may need to limit yourself to a soft diet for up to ten days.
What can I expect after a month?
- After four to six weeks, you can resume vigorous physical activity.