Post-Facelift Makeup Tips Dr. Philip Miller

Dr. Philip Miller

May 21, 2018

facelift facial plastic surgery tips in new york It’s normal to experience swelling, bruising, and redness of the skin following a facelift procedure. The recovery period and downtime can be disheartening for some as the incisions and facial skin need time to heal properly.

A facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Philip Miller in New York, will have given you important instructions on how to care for your skin so that the healing process can go forward without interruption or complications. This includes the use of makeup during the immediate post-operative period of your recovery.

Each person’s skin tone, color, and texture are different to work for facial procedures. Changes to the skin are common after surgery so a little bit of tweaking from your normal makeup routine may be necessary to ensure optimal results. Here are X helpful tips.

Get Rid of Any Old Makeup

It may have become dry or contaminated with bacteria or other makeup products. In fact, you should consider products that are specifically made to aid facelift patients, including products like The Big Coverup Kit or Cover Creme by Dermablend. Building a good foundation of makeup with good coverage will ensure you get the best results from your surgery.

Clean Thoroughly

Start with a good, gentle cleansing of the face from neck to forehead using a gauze pad or soft facial sponge. Work gently in and around the facial skin incisions to remove dirt and oils that may cause infection. Always use a gentle soap that won’t irritate your skin or incision sites.

Use Water-Based Makeup

Use water-based makeup during the first three weeks of your recovery period. It’s easy to wash off should you encounter any skin problems or reactions. Oil-based makeups are not as easily removed and can clog pores. If your skin is on the sensitive side, use hypo-allergenic makeup that won’t cause irritation or inflame incisions that have not yet healed.

Get a Different Foundation

Always use a foundation that is one shade lighter than the surrounding skin as the skin may tend to darken with swelling and bruising.

Use Color Theory To Hide Imperfections

Green-colored makeup is best for balancing out reddened areas, and blue eye shadows helps minimize red skin around the eyes. If your skin tone is naturally ruddy, don’t use makeups of similar color.

It may be especially challenging covering large swollen or bruised areas. Fortunately, special corrective cosmetics are available that are designed to give complete coverage of these problem areas.

Your surgeon will have other helpful makeup tips and techniques so that your wounds will heal properly and make sure that your results are truly stellar. To learn more about facelift, visit

Dr. Philip Miller is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with offices located at 60 East 56th, Third Floor, New York, N.Y. Call (646) 791-3025for a personal consultation.

Next, learn What to Expect Right After Your Facelift.

Dr. Philip Miller

Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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