Patients commonly have questions about wearing makeup after their facelift surgery. For one thing, you are probably anxious to return to your normal life and this may mean wanting to cover up some residual swelling and bruising from surgery. Additionally, you probably can’t wait to show off your new look, and makeup can be a great way to enhance and show off the results.
For most patients, it is safe to resume using cosmetics 1-2 weeks after the surgery. Cosmetics are useful after surgery to help cover up some of the residual side effects, including bruising, which may last beyond when you are feeling otherwise back to normal. This can sometimes take a fairly thick cover-up, such as DermaBlend, which can be found at most department stores.
There is another aspect to makeup after surgery, however, and that is how to adjust to your new appearance! Your new face may require a different makeup routine than you are accustomed to. Do some research online to learn about how to best use makeup to enhance your new features. The biggest tip to remember may be less is more. Use makeup sparingly and thoughtfully; the right use of natural looking makeup will rejuvenate you, but caking on heavy makeup will do more aging.
Also consider whether a new hairstyle may benefit you. This can have multiple benefits. The right hairstyle does wonders to rejuvenate and show off your face. Furthermore, if you don’t want anyone to know you’ve had surgery, you can cite your new hairstyle as the reason for your fabulous new look. Also remember that nothing ages your face like sun exposure, so to maintain your facelift results it is important to keep your face protected, including wearing hats, sunglasses, and a good sunscreen. Most importantly, always follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding when it is safe to use cosmetics, what to use, and how to use it.
If you are interested in discussing a facelift for yourself, call renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jessica Kulak at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.