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What Skin Care Treatments and Makeup Can You Use Post Facelift?

Back to all posts July 31, 2023

Facelifts are a popular plastic surgery procedure designed to rejuvenate the face and neck by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles. While the results of a facelift can be transformative, the recovery process can be challenging, and post-operative care is critical for optimal results.

A beautiful woman putting on makeup
A beautiful woman putting on makeup

At New York Facial Plastic Surgery, we understand the importance of aftercare following a facelift. In this article, we will discuss the best skin care and makeup products to use after a facelift, along with post-facelift care instructions to ensure a safe and successful healing process.

Facelift Aftercare

After a facelift, it is essential to follow all post-operative care instructions provided by your board-certified plastic surgeon. These instructions may include avoiding strenuous activities, keeping your head elevated while sleeping, taking pain medications as prescribed, and avoiding bending over or lifting heavy objects.

The healing process can take several weeks, and during this time, you may experience swelling and bruising. It is essential to be patient and allow your body to heal properly. Rest, hydration, and a healthy diet can aid in the healing process.

Skin Care After Facelift

The type of skin care products you use after a facelift can impact the healing process and the final results. Choosing the right products for your skin type can help improve skin health, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent postoperative complications.

The best moisturizer after a facelift is one that is gentle, fragrance-free, and free of harsh chemicals. We recommend using a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer that will not clog pores or feel heavy on the skin. Apply moisturizer in a gentle upward motion to avoid pulling on the skin.

It is important to avoid exfoliating or using any abrasive skincare products during the first few days after surgery. After a week, gentle exfoliation can be resumed, but it is crucial to be gentle and avoid any areas of the face that are still tender.

Best Makeup After Facelift

While it is essential to give your skin time to heal after a facelift, we understand that many patients want to wear makeup as soon as possible. It is recommended to wait at least a week before wearing makeup, and even then, it is important to choose products that are gentle and non-irritating.

Choose a lightweight foundation that matches your skin tone and is free of fragrance and harsh chemicals. Avoid using heavy, full-coverage products that can feel uncomfortable on the skin and clog pores. We recommend using a gentle makeup remover to avoid pulling on the skin and exacerbating any swelling or bruising.

Best Skin Care Products After Facelift

A woman putting on moisturizer
A woman putting on moisturizer

Choosing the right skin care products after a facelift can help improve the healing process and promote long-term skin health. Here are some of the best skin care products to use after a facelift:

  • Gentle cleanser: Choose a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser that will not strip the skin of its natural oils.
  • Sunscreen: Protecting the skin from the sun is crucial after a facelift. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply as needed.
  • Vitamin C serum: Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can help brighten the skin, reduce inflammation, and promote collagen production.
  • Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating ingredient that can help plump the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Post-facelift care is critical for optimal results. Following your board-certified plastic surgeon’s instructions and choosing the right skin care and makeup products can help promote healing, reduce the risk of complications, and improve long-term skin health. Be patient during the healing process and avoid any strenuous activities or movements that may put pressure on the face and neck. Remember to stay hydrated, eat a healthy diet, and get plenty of rest to aid in the healing process.

If you have any concerns or questions during your facelift recovery, do not hesitate to reach out to your plastic surgeon for guidance. They are there to support you throughout the healing process and ensure a safe and successful outcome.

At New York Facial Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to providing our patients with exceptional care before, during, and after their facelift procedure. If you are considering a facelift or have recently undergone the procedure, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.

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