After your surgery, you will be able to return home where you should rest quietly for the remainder of your surgery day. You will be able to perform routine activities the very next day, but avoid bending over, lifting, or straining for 3-4 days, and avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. You will need to sleep on your back with the head elevated using a pillow for 1-2 weeks.
For the next 3-4 days, eat foods that are soft and require minimal chewing, however, do not chew gum, salads, or tough meats, and stay away from hot or salty foods or fluids for 48 hours.
Smoking will inhibit your healing process so NO SMOKING for at least two weeks after surgery. AVOID opening mouth more than one inch wide to prevent incision separation (opening). You are also encouraged to use a small child’s toothbrush to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth after meals.
When maintaining your oral hygiene, you will clean the incisions at the corner of the mouth with diluted hydrogen peroxide ( 1⁄4 hydrogen peroxide, 3⁄4 water) then apply an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Polysporin) 3 times per day for 2 weeks. Take the antiviral prescription and antibiotics until finished. Cool compresses can be used for 24-48 hours to reduce swelling, but do not apply ice directly on your lips. You will also want to keep your lips moisturized for two to three weeks with Vaseline, Carmex, or a similar product.
About one-week post-surgery, Dr. Sundine will have you return for a check-up appointment, where he will gently verify that the implant remains centered at the top and bottom.
You will return about two weeks post-surgery where Dr. Sundine will discuss stretching exercises that should be performed two to three times a day, 10-15 times each for the next two to three 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)
Exercises of stretching will include:
- Opening mouth widely then back to a closed position.
- Excessive smiling (pulling lips tightly against teeth) then back to a closed position.
*Any tightness that you might experience will start to dissipate once you begin these exercises. Continue these stretching exercises for 2-3 months even if you are not experiencing any tightness.
*Please do not massage your lips.
How Much Does a Lip Augmentation Cost in Newport Beach?
The cost of a Newport Beach lip lift can vary on a number of factors. Dr. Sundine individualizes all of his procedures for his patients—taking a tailored approach. During your consultation with Dr. Sundine, you’ll be able to go over your desired aesthetic goals. After Dr. Sundine’s thorough consultation, he’ll provide a full breakdown of the costs and his expert recommendations.