Overview of the surgery:
Lip Enhancement Surgery (Lip Augmentation) A thin lip can be augmented with the patient’s own tissue (fat, anadesma), with implantation of an artificial material (collagen, hyaluron acid) or by a surgery using the tissue in vicinity of the lip.
Lip implant surgery, begins with creating a tunnel to accommodate the implant. The implant is then clamped with an insertion device that usually comes with it, your lip is skewered and the implant is pulled through the lip. The implant(s) are trimmed to size and the incisions stitched closed.
Duration of the Operation:
15 minutes to 2 hours. Most procedures are finished in 1 hour or less.
Post operative care:
Return to normal activities: usually within a day. Keep ice packs applied to your lips for the first 48 hours and limit talking and chewing. To avoid unnecessary swelling or bleeding, you should not bend over, strain, exercise or do any activities that could increase pressure to your lips. Keep the lips clean to avoid infection.
Your recovery will depend on your lifestyle and which procedure you undergo. If you are having injections, your recovery can take just a couple days. However, any swelling or bruising can last longer. If you are having surgical implants or grafts, your recovery can take up to two weeks after the surgery. You can go back to normal activities usually within a day but graft recipients require 1-2 weeks.
Possible risk and complications:
Common reaction can range from redness, swelling or itching at the injection site(s). Other possible complications include bleeding, uneven lips, movement of the implants or extrusion, infection or nerve damage. The usual, expected swelling and bruising can last from several days to a week. As with any surgery, there are risks and complications. You can have allergic reactions to implants as we've described above or allergic reaction to anesthesia. It’s very important that you discuss any concerns with your doctor prior to surgery and that you make your doctor aware of any existing medical conditions which may cause further complications.
The procedure usually uses Local anesthesia
It depends on your preferences as well as your surgeon’s. Lip augmentation can be performed on an out patient basis, in the hospital, or in an ambulatory surgical suite.
Preparation before Surgery
- Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
- The surgeon will also check your mouth. If you suffer from any of the following active lip or oral cavity infections, you will have to postpone the procedure (Herpes, cold, tonsillitis).
- Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
- Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
- You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
- Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
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