Post Operative Care: PermaLip Lip Augmentation
SUTURES: When you leave, you will have sutures that may be covered with tape.
ICE PACKS: Ice should be applied continuously in order to decrease swelling. Icing should continue as much as possible during the first 48 hours.
LUBRICATION: Keep the lips lubricated with an ointment such as Vaseline or Aquaphor healing ointment.
DIET: For the first several days after the procedure, eat soft food. Drinking through a straw may be difficult as it will be hard to purse your lips. Try things like pasta, soup, etc.
ELEVATION: Try to sleep with your head elevated to decrease swelling.
BLISTERS: Notify Dr. Zubowski immediately if any blisters or pimples develop.
LONGER TERM POSTOPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS*
ACTIVITY/SPORTS: We want you to avoid straining or any aerobic activity for at least 3 weeks after surgery. This is to avoid bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Do not resume strenuous exercise for 3 to 4 weeks. Dr. Zubowski will give you clearance to increase your activities according to the progress of your recovery.
DRIVING: You may resume driving when you feel you are able, but wait at least 2 days after surgery. Keep in mind that you must have full use of your reflexes. if pain will inhibit them, don’t drive!
SEXUAL ACTIVITY: You may enjoy sexual activity as your body allows with the following restriction: please reread Activity/Sports above and apply the same concept to sex.
SUN EXPOSURE: If fresh scars are exposed to the sun, they will tend to become darker and take longer to fade. Sunscreen can help. Take extra care and precautions if the area operated on is slightly numb — you might not “feel” a sunburn developing!
WORK: Follow whatever plan you and Dr. Zubowski have agreed upon.