How Long After a Facelift Can I Color my Hair?

It's ben three weeks today for a full face lift - scabbing along the incisions but healing nicely. Can I color my hair in this area?

Doctor Answers 19

Color your hair 4 to 6 weeks after your face lift

I generally advise my patients to wait 4 to 6 weeks to color their hair after a face lift. As the chemicals used for coloring are very irritating, I want to ensure  that the incisions are well healed. If there is a delay in healing, I recommend waiting longer. Most hair dressers in my area are well familiar with the incisions of a face lift and can apply the dye limiting exposure to these areas for the first application. 

As part of our pre-operative instructions package for a face lift, I generally advise my patients to dye their hair 7 to 10 days prior to surgery. This minimizes the inconvenience of having to wait the 4 to 6 weeks prior to  applying color. Any closer to surgery risks an irritated scalp at the time of the procedure.  

I would recommend discussing this, and any other question regarding your recovery, with your Plastic Surgeon.

Best regards, Andrew Lyos, MD, FACS

Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Coloring hair after a facelift

Usually ladies will color their hair right before surgery and after all healing is done.  No scabs should be present so you need a couple more weeks.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Hair coloring after facelift

It is advisable to wait until the incisions from your facelift are completely closed and not susceptible to the toxic effects of hair coloring agents. Usually this means at least 4 weeks or longer, and always check with your plastic surgeon first.

Olivia Hutchinson, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Coloring the Hair Post-Facelift

While some patients may heal very quickly and be able to color their hair within two weeks after undergoing a facelift, I strongly urge my patients to wait at least four weeks after surgery before dyeing their hair (whether at home or in the salon). One to two days after surgery, however, you can shower and shampoo your hair as long as you refrain from aggressively rubbing the scalp and don’t shower in extremely hot water.

The reason why we ask that you wait for such a long time before coloring your hair is so that you won’t introduce any potentially irritating or infectious materials into the wounded area while it is healing. The excessive rubbing, scrubbing, and combing that goes into a professional-grade dye job may accidentally scrape away the scabs at the incision sites, thus affecting the wound healing process.

Brian Vassar Heil, MD
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Hair coloring after facelift

I advise people to wait for 6 weeks after surgery, provided the wounds are healing normally. Most hairdressers are able to avoid the area anyway and limit the chance of causing a problem but they will want the ok from the surgeon before going ahead. there are some types of scar (particularly in the temple) that can take a little longer to settle down and you should discuss the exact timing with your surgeon.

James Murphy, FRCS(Plast)
Manchester Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

Color hair after facelift

I usually allow my patients to resume coloring their hair at four to six weeks after surgery. Check in with your surgeon.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Coloring Hair Following Facelift

Normally, it is best to have all of the wounds associated with the facelift healed before chemicals used to color the hair are applied. This may be as early as two weeks. It can take longer if there is any delayed healing in these areas.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 117 reviews

Wait 3-4 Weeks Until Wounds From Facelift Heal Before Coloring Hair

The ability of patients to apply makeup and fix their hair following facelift surgery are important benchmarks in their recovery process. For many patients, there is no recovery until these activities can be resumed. Facelift patients are obviously motivated by appearance, and for this reason, hair color is extremely important to them.

After facelift surgery, we recommend waiting until all the wounds have healed before proceeding with coloring the hair. This usually takes about three to four weeks. Once this point has been reached, patients can safely resume coloring their hair.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

3-4 weeks enough time to color

In most situations 3-4 weeks is enough time to color hair.  If unsure it is always best to check with your surgeon

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Ask and follow the advice of your surgeon befiore coloring hair after facelift

Always follow your surgeons advice before coloring your hair after a facelift.

I wait until incisions are healed after a facelift -usually 3-4 weeks

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