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?
How Long After a Facelift Can I Color my Hair?
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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
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.
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.
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Coloring the Hair Post-Facelift
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.
Hair coloring after facelift
Color hair after facelift
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.
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.
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
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