If you’ve had plastic surgery, you may need advice on caring for your skin and applying makeup afterward. Consult with a trusted surgeon for personalized guidance. However, here are some general makeup tips for post-facial procedure care. Follow these to look your best and maintain healthy skin during healing.
You Just Underwent a Surgery
Congratulations! You just underwent surgery that will change how people see you, but more importantly, how you see yourself. Perhaps you grew tired of hearing, “You look tired” or “Did you get enough sleep?” Maybe your hooded upper eyelids made blinking uncomfortable or seeing difficult.
When can I apply makeup?
Though the healing process of eyelid surgery may take a few weeks, you may return to your routine before then. Most people resume work a week following the procedure. There may still be some mild bruising, and patients tend to feel self-conscious of these telltale signs of surgery. Dr. Bustillo thinks applying cosmetics to your skin is safe two weeks after surgery. You should seek a non-comedogenic formulation for your concealer and foundation and avoid heavy makeup.
Apply Facial Skin Moisturizers
Typically, the packaging will reflect this feature of the product. Non-comedogenic or non-occlusive products will not block pores and often contain little or no oils, which may irritate delicate tissues. Facial skin moisturizers also come in this formulation. Mineral makeup now comes in foundation, concealer, eye shadow, eyeliner, and blush. These natural products will not likely contain preservatives or other chemicals that may cause discomfort in the eye area.
Use Mineral Cosmetics
Often, mineral makeup products are available in a loose powder form rather than pressed, further promoting a gentle hand during application. If dark mascaras irritate, there are now clear gels that can be applied to the eyelashes to create a similar lash lengthening and thickening effect. The gels do not contain color pigments and often are void of other eye irritant ingredients. Look for the words “hypoallergenic” or “sensitive skin” on labels.
When it comes to makeup after facelift surgery, it’s important to keep in mind the delicate nature of your skin. Mineral foundations are great for those with sensitive skin types because they provide light coverage that won’t irritate incision lines. Additionally, opt for a non-comedogenic foundation that won’t clog pores and cause further irritation on the delicate skin. Consider using loose mineral powder instead of pressed powder, and look for hypoallergenic or sensitive skin products to ensure you’re not applying any harsh ingredients or chemicals to the area.
Maintain Things Sterile and Clean
When it comes to maintaining an environment that promotes healing, it is important to keep incision sites clean and free from bacteria over time. This means avoiding contact with the area and not using any products on the incision that may cause irritation or infection. When applying makeup, make sure you use a sterile brush or sponge and avoid touching the incision with your fingers. Maintaining everything clean is key for optimal post-operative care and recovery.
Consider Changing Techniques
Instead of rubbing and tugging on the skin around incision sites from facial surgery, try using a gentle patting motion with a sponge or brush. This will help to ensure that no bacteria is introduced into the area and that you’re not putting too much pressure on the delicate skin. Additionally, try to wait at least two weeks post-surgery before applying makeup to the area to allow enough time for healing.
Be Careful When Removing
When it comes to removing makeup from the face, extra caution should be taken after facial plastic surgery. For best results, use a gentle makeup remover that is specifically formulated for sensitive skin. It is important to avoid rubbing and tugging on incision sites, as this can cause infection or irritation. Instead, use a soft cloth dampened with warm water and lightly dab away the makeup until it is all removed. Never scrub your face, and make sure not to pull on any healing skin around incision sites.
Eye makeup removal can be problematic for post-blepharoplasty patients because of the product used to free the skin of cosmetics and the force of motions during the process. Using a natural makeup remover or gentle cloth may be recommended, and special care should be taken during this routine.
It is important to follow all postoperative instructions given by your surgeon to ensure proper healing. As well, do not hesitate to ask questions about any concerns or issues that arise during the recovery process from a cosmetic procedure.
Protect your skin from the sun. After any kind of facial plastic surgery, it is important to protect your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. Make sure to use sunscreen regularly and wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
It’s crucial to consult a professional for the right skin care products after facial plastic surgery. A personal consultation with a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon can recommend specific products for optimal recovery.
In conclusion, makeup can be worn after facial plastic surgery with caution. Following the tips listed above will help to ensure that your skin is properly cared for and that you are avoiding any potential issues during the recovery process.
Talk with Dr. Bustillo
To learn more about pre- and post-operative facial plastic surgery care, as well as facelift and eyelid surgery, call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bustillo’s Coral Gables, Florida office today at (305) 663-3380. It is during this call that you have the opportunity to schedule a consultation with one of the few facial plastic surgery specialists in the Miami area.