Enhancing Your Public Image After Facial Surgery
Temporary Effects of Face Lift Surgery
Managing healing incisions is a common concern after face lift surgery. It is important to allow the incision lines to heal properly without covering them while sutures are still in place or during the initial 7-10 days for absorbable sutures. Applying makeup, such as cover-up, during the early stages of recovery may camouflage bruising but won’t address swelling or healing incisions effectively.
Bruising and Swelling After Facial Surgery
Bruising and swelling are temporary side effects of face lift surgery. It may take around seven to ten days for these effects to subside. Applying commercially available camouflage packages after one week can help conceal the early effects of surgery. Aestheticians working with plastic surgeons can provide guidance on appropriate techniques to maximize the benefits of cover-up makeup in masking the consequences of face lift surgery.
Camouflaging Techniques for Post-Face Lift Recovery
Concealers are useful for hiding healed incisions, scars, bruises, or stretch marks. When selecting a concealer, opt for a waterproof, opaque makeup that is creamy enough to avoid placing traction on your healing skin. If you find a concealer that closely matches your skin tone, you may be able to skip foundation altogether. However, the delicate skin around the eyes may not tolerate concealer well, so it’s recommended to use standard liquid foundation, eye makeup, or a color corrector in that area.
Color correctors can be applied under foundation to address redness from laser or chemical skin resurfacing/peeling, as well as the various colors associated with post-surgical bruising over time. These correctors have a foundation-like consistency and come in various shades to counteract specific colors.
Contouring involves using light and shadow to create the illusion of three-dimensional contrast. It can be particularly helpful in reducing the appearance of swelling resulting from deep plane rhytidectomy, alloplastic implanting, or rhinoplasty. By using a highlighter several shades lighter than the foundation, you can enhance projection, while a foundation several shades darker can create the impression of concavity. Blending is crucial to ensure a smooth transition and avoid noticeable lines.
Properly managing healing incisions, bruising, and swelling is essential for a successful recovery after face lift surgery. Understanding the appropriate techniques for camouflaging these effects, including concealing with the right products, color correcting, and skillful contouring, can help patients feel more presentable during the early stages of their recovery. Consulting with professionals in the field can provide valuable guidance on achieving optimal results with cover-up makeup after face lift surgery.
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