What does recovery after a lip lift look like? January 25, 2023 Houston lip lift patients often experience swelling and bruising for 5 to 10 days following their lip lift procedure. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks may provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. Our team will ask that you keep your head elevated when lying down for the first 2 weeks following your surgery. Patients can typically return to work and regular daily activities about 1 to 2 weeks following their facelift. It’s important that you avoid direct sunlight and the use of heavy makeup for 3 to 4 weeks following your lip lift. After about a month, you may start to take full-body showers again. Any scars will be reduced to thin, easily hidden white lines after about 6 weeks, at which time you may resume more vigorous physical activities and workout routines. While you will be able to see some results of your lip lift immediately following surgery, ultimate results will appear once all incisions have healed and the swelling subsides. This usually occurs roughly 3 to 4 months later.