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Covering bruises after cosmetic surgery

After cosmetic surgery, some scars, bruises, discolouration or swelling may take some time to fade.

This should be explained by a cosmetic surgeon before going ahead with a procedure, and aftercare instructions given.

Until these after effects of the surgery fade, camouflage foundation make up may help to:

  • Contour to hide the swelling.
  • Conceal bruises and lines from incisions.
  • Colour correct to tone down skin that appears red (such as after a chemical peel) or yellow (from a bruise that's healing).

Here are some key tips on how to proceed with using foundation:

  • Take inventory at home. You may have make-up at home already that can be part of your camouflaging routine, such as liquid foundation or loose powder.
  • Timing is everything. Don't start too soon after surgery because camouflage cosmetics can cause problems if applied too soon. Your specialist can instruct you on what type of cosmetics to use and when you can start applying them. For instance, if you have incisions, you will have to wait until your stitches are removed and the wound heals before you can start using any make-up.
  • Watch the ingredients. There are special cosmetics that are thicker than everyday foundation, which can be used under your regular foundation if this is part of your basic beauty routine. If you are choosing the cosmetics yourself, make sure it is fragrance free and hypoallergenic.
  • Cleanse carefully. Every night, be sure to properly cleanse your face, removing all traces of any make-up. Certain camouflage cosmetics may require different types of cleansers for proper removal. Make sure you understand exactly what will be required to remove it all. Correct make-up removal should be part of your basic routine every day anyway, but it's especially important if you're using heavier camouflage make-up.
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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on July 28, 2016

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