Makeup, Hair Styling, and Accessories During Facelift Recovery


About a week or two after facelift surgery, the swelling and bruises will dissipate to a significant degree, although most patients may still require the use of cosmetics, certain hairstyles, and accessories to hide some of their residual postop symptoms and allow them to go out in public without drawing some attention.

While facelift scars are positioned in the most discreet manner—i.e., around the ears and behind the temple—during the initial healing phase they will appear red and swollen.  Cosmetics can hide bruises and other skin discolorations, although you can only use them when the skin has no open wound or you run the risk of irritation and more visible scarring.

A good rule of thumb is that once the stitches “holding” the wound together have been removed, most patients can use makeup to conceal their bruises.

During the initial phase of facelift recovery, the bruises tend have some reddish and/or purplish tone, which can be neutralized with green-tinted base or concealer.   But as the healing progresses, they typically change into a more faded yellow, green, and/or brown discoloration, which might be concealed with a skin-tone foundation.

It is ideal that you use mineral-based cosmetics, which are known to be gentler on skin and are less likely to cause irritation or clogged pores.  Makeup products with labels showing that they are organic, all natural, and hypoallergenic are also good alternatives.

But some male patients may not like the idea of using cosmetics, or they simply don’t have the patience to learn makeup tricks.  A good or sometimes even better alternative is to wear their hair slightly longer than they would normally do to hide the scars especially in front and around the ears.

Growing facial hair can also help male patients conceal the bruises and swelling of their recovering skin.

Scarves and turtleneck tops are also known to hide postop symptoms of facelift, particularly the scars that run behind the ear and extend toward the nape.  These are also good alternatives to camouflage makeup, although the fabric should not rub against the incision site to avoid skin irritation.

And because bruising mostly affects the area around the eyes, dark sunglasses are particularly helpful during facelift recovery.
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon