Camouflage Make-Up After Surgery
You’ve done the hard part and have had a facelift, brow lift, nose surgery, or even fractional laser resurfacing. But as you’re recovering, you’d like to mask the subsequent bruising, swelling, pigmentation variations, and scars during your recovery. That’s where camouflage make-up comes in. The goal is to hide any telltale signs that you just had cosmetic surgery.
At Saltz Plastic Surgery, we recommend Jane Iredale all-natural makeup for the job. Formulated with pure micronized minerals and pigments, these make-up options not only cover your skin’s post-surgery issues, but are also good for your skin. We offer an assortment of Jane Iredale concealing products for our patients.
What is Camouflage Make-Up?
The term “camouflage” make-up first came from plastic surgeons during World War II who were coping with the massive burns suffered by fighter pilots. Initially, they helped to develop camouflage creams that, for the most part, concealed these burns and helped aid injured soldiers manage their recovery.
Today, a variety of skin conditions merit what you could call “camouflage make-up,” including (but not limited to) the following:
- Congenital skin problems
- Stretch marks
When Can I Use Make-Up Post Surgery?
Timelines can vary, but for most facial cosmetic surgeries we recommend waiting two weeks before using any make-up to conceal your bruises and scars. This is because make-up can interfere with the initial healing of the incisions.
How Are Jane Iredale Products Different?
We recommend these products for our patients post-surgery because of how they are made and their overall quality. These products do not clog or enlarge pores because they contain no oil. They contain no talc, which can dry the skin. There are also no perfumes, alcohol, chemical additives, or artificial dyes.
Jane Iredale is one of the original mineral make-up lines. These all-natural products mask your post-surgical problems without harming your skin. They actually even the skin tone while nourishing, soothing, and protecting it. What is not to love?
What Are the Products & Techniques I’ll Need?
The two basic camouflage techniques you’ll need are concealing and contouring. Concealing will hide bruises and scars, and will neutralize red, purple, or yellow-tinted (from residual bruising) skin. Contouring helps hide swelling and accentuates your best features.
Concealing requires two products: foundation and concealer. Foundation is heavier and will cover those areas that are discolored, with a lighter foundation for the remaining areas of your face. Concealers are pigment-rich and dry to the touch.
Contouring uses different shades of make-up to create illusions of highlights and shadows. These techniques accentuate your features while disguising swelling. To do this, you’ll need three or four different shades of foundation. Apply lighter colors to areas you want to stand out and brighten such as under the eyes or the bridge of the nose, and darker shades to the areas you want to recede.
How Long Will the Bruising & Swelling Last?
Bruising and swelling are variable with every patient and every procedure. Bruising tends to run its course in two weeks in most procedures. Swelling, particularly with facelifts, usually lasts up to one month, but just when you think it has resolved itself, it can return. This usually only occurs later in the day and isn’t enduring, but it can be irritating to see again. The reason facelifts have more swelling is due to the tissue repositioning that takes place during the procedure.
It’s smart to have camouflage make-up on hand to cover your bruising and swelling and allow you to get out confidently after your procedure. At Saltz Plastic Surgery, our team members will be happy to help you pick out products and show you effective techniques – no one will know you just had surgery!