What to Expect After SelfLift©
Certain physical changes are expected following treatment. Some individuals experience all of the following and others only some. The degree to which each person is affected is variable and unpredictable.
DIET- You can resume a normal diet immediately after treatment. After placement of fat into the lips, it is best to avoid significant manipulation of the lips for 48 hours, so foods that require extensive chewing (for example steak, crusty breads) should be avoided. If the injections were placed under anesthesia, it is best to start with liquids (soup, juices, etc.) immediately after treatment. Once the anesthesia has worn off and your appetite returns, regular food is allowed.
DRESSINGS/SUTURES- Selphyl® and LaViv® are injected through small needles into or under the skin. No incision, sutures or dressings are necessary. Fat is introduced through a small tube placed through a tiny (2-3 mm) incision, which is easily closed with a single suture. All sutures are removed 7 days after surgery.
ACTIVITY AFTER TREATMENT- In order to allow your tissues to heal properly, we ask that you refrain from speaking, smiling or moving the lips for 2 hours after injections, and 4-6 hours after placement of fat.
SWELLING- Swelling of tissues is expected and generally resolves by 2-4 hours after Selphyl® or LaViv® injection. This represents the fluid in the injection being absorbed by the body, while the protein injected remains behind. Fat transfer patients typically experience 7- 10 days of post-operative swelling.
BRUISING- Application of an ice compress to the treated area for the first hour after injections (first 24- 36 hours for fat) will help minimize bruising. Make-up can be applied the morning following injections to conceal any bruising.
NUMBNESS- A feeling of numbness in the treated area may occur and usually lasts for 1-3 hours after injection. This is due to the local anesthetic. Patients treated with fat will have numbness of the area typically for 2-3 weeks afterwards.