You want to look your best after facial cosmetic surgery but the reality is that it takes time. Even after bruising and discoloration have faded or can safely be camouflaged with makeup, the surgical incisions often haven’t healed yet and may even be clearly visible. One thing that can help is a modest change in hairstyle. In fact, the right hairstyle can help to maximize your overall appearance after the cosmetic procedure. In addition, changing your hairstyle will help to draw attention from the operative site.
A hairstyle change has more than one benefit after cosmetic surgery. For those who want to be discreet about their surgery, a change in hairstyle often deflects attention away from the work you’ve had done. When you’re friends all say, “You look amazing, what did you do?” you can simply say you’ve had your hair done.
For surgical procedures like the facelift which leave an incision and scar, it’s best to choose a hair style that will not apply added pressure to the incision area while still helping to cover up the scar at the same time. Whether you are a man or a woman, growing your hair longer before surgery will provide the necessary length to work with. Long or low-swept side bangs are great for hiding incisions along the hairline, for example. Hair combed over the ears can reduce the appearance of scars along the ears and jawline.
Avoid hairstyles in which the hair is combed backward because this will accentuate the forehead and the incision area. Especially avoid ponytails or other styles in which the hair is up because you then run the risk of weakening or opening a recent incision that may still be swollen and not fully healed.
It usually takes 24 to 48 hours after surgery before you can safely shampoo with a mild soap. At this time you can blow-dry your hair, but be sure to use the coolest setting possible so as not to cause unnecessary irritation around incisions. Some patients who are balding or otherwise wear their hair very short, use wigs or hair extensions temporarily to provide adequate coverage of incision areas.
Before you undergo facial cosmetic surgery, discuss hair styling options with your board-certified plastic surgeon. This can eliminate much of the guesswork and provide real hairstyle options that will give optimum results after the facelift.