1. Take your medications as prescribed, including pain medication and antibiotics until completely gone.
2. In order to promote wound healing and tissue in-growth and to avoid complications, the patient should:
a) Avoid pressure at the implantation sites.
b) Avoid physical manipulation of the treated area or wound.
c) Avoid excessive movement of the implanted areas for the first few weeks post-operatively until tissue in-growth has stabilized the implant (this includes avoiding straw use; avoiding significant movement of the area such as kissing; avoiding stretching your mouth by not eating certain foods; and to limit mouth opening when yawning, coughing, or sneezing, etc.).
d) Avoid any non-prescription topical preparation until the sutures are removed; such as lipstick, make-up, and creams.
3. Clean the incision with hydrogen peroxide plus Polysporin ointment or Bacitracin ointment twice a day for the first seven days post-operatively to try to remove crusting and prevent infection.
4. Please call the office immediately if any of the following symptoms occur:
a) Increasing discomfort.
b) Persistent redness.
c) Persistent inflammation.
d) Severe swelling.
e) A pimple at either incision site.
f) Persistent drainage.
g) The implant is visible at either incision site.
5. Keep your postoperative appointment in five to seven days to return for suture removal plus postoperative examination.
6. Please be patient with the results as it will take two to four weeks to see the final results and for all the edema and swelling to resolve. It may take longer for the lips to become softer and feel natural.
7. If you have any questions or if any problems develop, please call the office or the doctor as soon as possible.