Posted on: 28 December 2015Share
Facelifts are increasingly popular with Americans. In fact, specialist surgeons carry out more than 125,000 facelifts every year in the United States. While a facelift can help deal with the signs of aging, it's important to remember that you may need to make changes to your beauty regime to make the most of your new features. If you've just had a facelift, make sure you don't make the following post-surgery makeup mistakes.
Applying makeup too soon after surgery
Most women who have a facelift go back to work within two weeks, and any noticeable swelling should subside within this time. Makeup won't normally aggravate any swelling you have, so, in theory, you could use cosmetics straight away.
However, makeup can cause problems if you use any beauty products near your sutures. Cosmetics are not normally sterile, and makeup may irritate or even infect a new wound. If an infection sets in, you could face a longer recovery period. As such, plastic surgeons normally recommend that you don't apply makeup for at least two weeks after your surgery, as your surgeon will normally have taken out your stitches in this period.
Of course, after this time, you can use makeup to cover up any bruises, as these marks generally take longer to heal. You'll probably need to buy new cover-up products that can more effectively conceal the discoloration. For example, some types of foundation actively adhere to scar tissue. Try to use products that are hypoallergenic, so they won't irritate your skin and/or block your pores.
Applying makeup with too much force
The skin on your face is normally sensitive for some time after surgery. Where you may have once applied makeup quite vigorously, you may now need to take more care. The area around the surgeon's incisions will become particularly sensitive for some time, and if you apply too much force, you may even reopen the wound.
Take care with your new face, and apply your foundation gently. Take more time to apply the makeup, and always use clean brushes and tools, as there's also a higher risk of infection. Avoid using your fingers, if possible, and make sure you thoroughly wash any dirt and germs off your hands before you start to apply makeup.
Using too much foundation
Before your surgery, you may have grown accustomed to using a lot of foundation, but the point of your facelift is that your skin now looks younger and smoother. As such, you can ease up on the makeup, and let your beautiful new skin breathe!
Post-surgery, some women fail to take advantage of their new looks because old habits die hard. For example, you will now need less foundation to even out your skin tone. You may also want to switch to a powder foundation, as running foundation is more obvious on smooth skin.
Continuing with the same makeup styles
Professional makeup artists recommend that you focus on a particular part of your face. Most women accentuate their eyes or their lips, and it's often difficult to change this habit post-surgery. However, one of the most exciting benefits of a facelift is that you can now experiment with new approaches, and a new facial focus could drastically change your look.
Do some research. Find out which styles and types of makeup will most flatter your face shape. For example, if your face is naturally oval, you may need a darker foundation on your forehead and chin to make your features less severe.
Thousands of American women enjoy rejuvenated features every year, thanks to a facelift. If you decide to opt for a facelift, it's important to think carefully about when and how you apply makeup after your surgery. Talk to a plastic surgeon at a clinic like My Plastic Surgery Group for more advice.