The answer to this question depends on how confident you are in your makeup-applying abilities.

Make Up After Facelift

Makeup and Face Lifts

The swelling from face lifts is not aggravated by makeup, as far as we can tell. If possible, use products that don’t block pores, as the last thing you need is to get pimples while you still have swelling.

Where makeup becomes a problem is near the sutures. Makeup is not sterile and can both irritate and infect a wound. If your makeup never gets smeared or ends up where it shouldn’t be, you can apply it five millimetres away from any sutures. Still, it is better to wait until the incisions are completely healed and the sutures have been removed.

Other cosmetic routines can also be damaging. Tweezing any hairs on your face is a bad idea, as it puts pressure on the sutures and can cause more swelling. Dr. Kesarwani allows patients to wash their hair and face pretty normally 24 hours after the drains are removed, usually by the third day after surgery.. No matter how minor the routine, be sure to consult with your surgeon about whether it will be safe in those critical recovery days.

Makeup and Swelling

After the sutures are removed and the incisions have closed, usually within 2 weeks apply makeup to your heart’s desire. It can be particularly effective in hiding any remaining post-surgical swelling.

As with any other surgical procedure, a face life will result in swelling that could last a few weeks. The swelling may also compromise capillaries, leading to bruising, especially around the eyes. These blemishes are best covered up using camouflage cosmetics, special products that may be recommended by your cosmetic surgeon.

The most important tool in camouflage cosmetics is concealer. This can hide not only pink blemishes, but also outright bruising. For bruising immediately around the eyes, opt for something a little lighter, like foundation or eye makeup.

Another excellent tool is color correcting makeup. Some swelling may result in a yellowish ting, which fortunately is easily correctable with lavender.

To deal with swelling, especially surrounding a nose implant, you can use the technique of contouring. Contouring requires a highlighter, a color two shades lighter than your foundation, and a shadow, a color two shades darker. Use highlights and shadows to emphasize the angles of your nose, chin, and cheekbones. This will minimize the effects of swelling.

It’s important to remember that all these problems are temporary. Most patients are comfortable wearing makeup, going out, and showing off their new face about two or three weeks after the procedure.