When Can You Wear Makeup After Facial Surgery?

When people gear up for facial surgery, they generally take time off work to recuperate. However, many forget that they’ll have to suspend their regular beauty routine too. Wearing makeup is something that most people do daily, but after facial surgery, you’ll have to wait.

When Can You Wear Makeup After Facial Surgery?

Why waiting to wear makeup after facial surgery is beneficial

For the most part, makeup is not bad for your skin. However, after undergoing facial surgery, you need to wait before resuming your regular beauty routine. There will be incision sites in the area where the surgery was performed. Your surgeon will explain how to care for these incisions sites following your facial procedure. Basically, you will need to treat these sites as if they are wounds and wounds need to heal. When wounds aren’t given the proper time and care to heal they can become infected. If you apply makeup in or around the incision sites, you run the risk of hindering the healing process and exposing your skin to harsh bacteria. You could cause major discomfort to the area, rashes and cause the incisions to darken, leaving you with unsightly scars. There will be scarring with any surgery; however, your surgeon will make the incisions so small that the scars will be hidden or barely noticeable. Scarring also fades over time, unless you wear makeup too soon after your surgery and the scars darken.

The facial procedure you’ve undergone will determine when you can start wearing makeup again.


After having a facelift done, you should wait 10 to 14 days before wearing makeup. When you do start applying makeup again, try a sheer foundation and play up other features like your lips, cheekbones and eyes. People with sensitive skin tend to have more redness following a facelift. So, if your skin is still a little red after two weeks, use a concealer with a green tint to balance out the redness. After a facelift, you may not want to wear concealer at all because you’ll have smoother skin and won’t need it.


After a nose job, avoid applying pressure to your nose for at least three weeks. You will have some slight bruising under your eyes after rhinoplasty but feel free to cover the bruising with a light foundation or concealer. Applying makeup to other parts of the face after a nose job is fine as long as you do not touch the nose itself and the area surrounding it.

Brow lift/Eyelid surgery

Brow lifts and eyelid surgery require at least two weeks of healing before you can apply makeup to the area again. Do not wear any brow or eye makeup because the area will be incredibly sensitive. You can wear makeup on your lips, and cheeks but steer clear of mascara, eyeshadow, eyeliner, brow pencils, etc. Once you’ve healed, you can resume your normal brow/eye makeup routine.

Skin resurfacing

Although skin resurfacing is not a surgical procedure, it still requires the wearing of makeup to be put on hold as your face heals. Skin resurfacing refers to laser skin procedures or chemical peels, and will leave the skin sensitive as old skin falls off and new skin emerges. Many people have skin resurfacing done before or after facial surgery to restore their skin and achieve a more youthful appearance. Your surgeon will make an assessment based on your skin to see if you should have this done before or after your facial procedure. When it comes to wearing makeup, you will need to wait a week or longer after skin resurfacing to resume your beauty routine. It is best to consult your surgeon before resuming. For the first three weeks after skin resurfacing, use only gentle, hypoallergenic water-based makeup. You should treat your skin as if it is incredibly sensitive for three weeks, then you can go back to using the normal makeup products you used before your procedure.

The importance of SPF

After facial surgery, you should stay out of the sun. The sun’s harsh UV rays can damage your skin while it’s trying to heal. Obviously, it is impossible for you to stay indoors for two weeks while your face heals, so you must cover up when you go outside. SPF 30 or higher is essential. Even if the makeup products you wear (after you’ve healed) say they contain SPF, you should still wear sunscreen on top of that. Most makeup products that contain SPF only contain 15 or 20 and it is diluted, so you’re not actually getting ample coverage.

When you resist wearing makeup after facial surgery, you are giving your skin time to breathe and adjust to its new contours. Ensure that you are fully healed before using makeup and adhere to your surgeon’s aftercare guidelines so you don’t hinder your body’s natural recovery process.

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