Makeup after eyelid surgery can be used to conceal the swelling and bruising, although most patients are advised to wait at least 7-10 days postop before starting the use of cosmetics.
Patients who wear eye makeup too soon after surgery run the risk of infection and permanent “tattooing” particularly when the cosmetics get into the incisions. Just to be on the safe side, leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley says prudent individuals should always ask for their doctor’s consent.
Once the surgeon gives his permission to use makeup after eyelid surgery, the use of brand new tubs of concealers, creams, foundations, applicators, and sponges is ideal to further reduce the risk of irritation and infection.
In the first few weeks following eyelid surgery, the skin is usually delicate and so the most ideal eye makeup is mineral based, which is known for being gentle but nonetheless effective. Water-based cosmetics are also okay.
Oil-based cosmetics, meanwhile, are ideally avoided in the mean time because they could irritate the still sensitive skin and are more challenging to take off as they require a special remover, which may also cause irritation.
Lighter skin-tone concealers are a great way to hide bruising, which may appear asymmetric (i.e., one side has more prominent “black eye” than the other). However, regular foundation is usually enough to conceal light discoloration, although a thin colored cream may need to be applied to the “adjacent” area to make a smoother, more natural transition of color.
Once all the swelling and bruising are gone, applying eye makeup becomes a breeze.
Dr. Smiley, who regularly performs eyelid surgeries and posts them on his Snapchat to spread patient safety awareness, says the procedure not just addresses the excess skin, but also the glut of fat that contributes to the tired appearance, and the “excessive” fullness that may affect the lower or upper eyelid, or even both.
Some patients even require a simultaneous fat injection to correct the deep tear trough or to create a smooth, natural transition between the lower lid and cheek.
In Dr. Smiley’s previous Snapchat video, one patient has mentioned that after surgery makeup application becomes much easier, or sometimes she “skips it altogether” because of the impressive results.
Before surgery, the patient had hooded upper lids due to excess skin and fat that her eye makeup easily smeared. Also, her concealer or cream settled into the fine lines below her eyes, further contributing to her aged appearance.