Now it's time to start preparing for the procedure. Pick the outfit you'll wear that day with care. Loose, comfortable clothes and a button-up shirt are recommended (that way you don't have to pull the shirt past your face). You'll also need to follow your doctor's advice concerning activities like taking pain medication and blood thinners, exercise and smoking, if it applies.
Next, you'll need to prep the area in your home that'll be the base of operations while you recoup. Within arm's reach should be ice, soft foods, a telephone, any ointments from your doctor and some nice comfy pillows to relax with. Last but not least? Arrange for a ride home after the procedure is done.
During the procedure, a couple of different of things can go wrong. An allergic reaction, infection, bleeding and nerve damage are among the dangers you face. Also, the results might not come out how you expected. Your body might reject the implant, for example, or the implant might harden or migrate. Lip augmentation can sometimes cause scarring and lumping, or your lips might not come out symmetrically -- another reason you want a experienced doctor at the helm.
Recovery time varies greatly depending on the specific procedure -- it usually takes a couple of days to a couple of weeks. A doctor can help you estimate your specific recovery time once he or she has your medical history and knowledge of your lifestyle. Typically, during recovery you might experience some bruising or swelling in your lips. If the swelling becomes extreme, or if you have fever, you should ring your doctor right away.
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