Wearing Makeup After Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery

I had Blepharoplasty 4 days ago, and need to go back to work next week. I have read everywhere that I'm not supposed to wear any eye make up for 2 - 3 weeks. But if my skin looks sealed and healed by next week, is there any reason I can't wear make up sooner?

Doctor Answers (17)

Makeup and Blepharoplasty


I would try to wait a week after surgery to start using makeup atleast. The wounds are still healing and your doctor does not want to risk infection or the wound opening up. I would gingerly remove the makeup and be careful about using alcohol based removers. Getting a blepharoplasty is not like getting a haircut or a cheeseburger. You are not doing this every month so I tell patients to stick by the rules. To be frank, it is frustrating for a surgeon when you give your patient a set of guidelines to minimize  complications and maximize the outcome and they don't do it because "they talked to someone" or "I heard from another doctor" and now there is a complication. Your surgeon knows your individual case. He did you your surgery and may feel for some reason that makeup should be held off. I wouldn't "do my own thing". That is the honest truth. 

Washington DC Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Applying Makeup Before Your Incisions Are Ready Following Eyelid Surgery May Result in Scarring & Infection


Makeup can be extremely irritating to a fresh surgical incision. Furthermore, the cleansing agents used to remove makeup are even more irritating. For these reasons, we generally don’t allow patients to wear makeup for at least a week following suture removal. Hopefully, at this point the edges of the wound are sealed.

Many patients who have had blepharoplasty are eager to return to their normal lifestyle. Unfortunately, they have had bruising and swelling which can make it difficult to go out in public. For these reasons they are in a hurry to apply makeup as soon as possible after surgery.

Applying makeup before your incisions are ready could result in scarring and possibly infection. If you have questions regarding this issue, make sure you discuss them with your surgeon.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

It depends on the type of procedure


There are several different blepharoplasty techniques, some of which may allow you to wear make up one week after surgery.  You need to check with your surgeon to see if you had one of these techniques.

Kenneth R. Francis, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

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Make up can irritate the incision.

You should speak with your surgeon for further details. You may be allowed to wear make-up earlier in your particular case.

Seeing your surgeon before applying cosmetics is important, especially if you want to put it on so soon before the recommended wait time.

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I usually allow my oatients to wear makeup at about one week, especially to cover the bruising that most patients have.  You should ask your particular surgeon about his or her suggestions and protocol.

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I normally recommend that patients wear NO make-up for the first two weeks. When you resume applying make-up, avoid heavy, dark brands as the incisions and scars may collect the pigment. False eyelashes and contact lenses should be avoided for 3 weeks. However, you should ask your surgeon for their advice.

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  It is best to check with your original surgeon  to see what their postoperative instructions are. In our practice, we allow patients to apply makeup one week after the surgery, once the sutures in the upper eyelids have dissolved and the glue has fallen off on the lower lids. The incisions, although not fully healed, are sealed well enough so that make up should not interfere with the healing process or causing infection. For many examples of blepharoplasty, and our postoperative instructions, please see the link below

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Apply Makeup Once Stitches Are Removed Following Eyelid Surgery


Normally, it is safe to apply makeup after eyelid surgery, one week after the stitches are removed. At this point, the wounds should be sealed and healed enough. If there is any delayed wound healing, then use of makeup will be delayed. If a transconjunctival lower lid blepharoplasty is performed, there are no external incisions and the use of makeup may be sooner than eyelid surgery performed through an external incision.

It is very important to be gentle during the application and removal of eyelid makeup so as not to disturb the wound healing process.

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Make-Up and Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery - One can usually be in make-up within 7 days after the sutures are removed.

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Safe to apply makeup a week following Blepharoplasty


The incisions from Blephroplasty have healed well enough in 3 days after surgery to have the sutures removed. By 1 week the incisions are certainly sealed. There is no problem in beginning to use makeup at the 1 week interval but I would be very gentle in removing the makeup until the 2 weeks post-op. 

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