Recovery Aids that Look Good

During the first several weeks after plastic surgery, recovery symptoms can be very unappealing. As you prepare to step out into the public, the transition time to your new image can be difficult. In fact, many patients prefer to maintain privacy when it comes to plastic surgery.

Swelling, bruising, scarring, and unusual bulging areas all come with recovery territory; however, they can be minimized.

Healing from plastic surgery can take as little as a few days or many weeks. During this time, there are aesthetic options available to make recovery more appealing: camouflage makeup, compression garments, and other accessories. Compression garments and accessories are not merely temporary cover-ups, they are an essential part of recovery in most plastic surgery procedures.

Compression Garments and Accessories

Your plastic surgeon will recommend compression accessories or garments that should be worn following your surgery for a designated time. For breast augmentation surgery patients, it is typical that instructions will be given concerning what type of bra and when it should be worn during the weeks following your enhancement surgery.

Most garments or bras must be worn continuously (all day and night) for at least a week after surgery. For surgeries such as liposuction, abdominal surgery and breast surgery, except for when bathing, 24-hour wear of compression garments or bras may be required for several months.

Compression garments serve several medical purposes, reducing swelling, the risk of blood clots (hematomas) and the risk that the treated area will not "mold" into its proper position.

Compression garments serve an aesthetic purpose, too, because swelling is visibly reduced when a compression garment is in place. Another benefit: clothes will fit better, look better and feel better.

Ask Your Doctor

It is important to ask you doctor about both the short-term and long-term compression garment and accessory needs that you will have after surgery. Here are some guidelines to consider when making purchases:

  • Breast Surgery: Bras with soft cups, cushioned wide padded shoulder straps, breathable fabric, front hook, no under-wire, and seamless.
  • Abdominal, Leg, Arm Surgery: No hooks (pull-ons) for long-term recovery (per doctor's recommendation, hooks may be required 24 hours after surgery in abdominal cases), no-show seams and breathable fabric. Varying size and compression weight garments may be required throughout recovery to accommodate your body's gradual reduction in size.
  • Blepharoplasty: Eyeglasses, large, wide, with side wrap-around protection to shield sutures and incision scars from light.
  • Facelift: Cushioned hats with wrap-around ties, facial bands per doctor's recommendation.

Camouflage Makeup

Many patients are concerned about how post-surgical swelling, scarring, bruising and unusual bulging areas will affect their appearance. Fortunately there are numerous manufacturers of camouflage makeup to help patients cover up instances such as this. Most commonly, it is patients who have undergone facial surgery, such as a face lift or rhinoplasty surgery who use camouflage makeup. In addition, individuals commonly use camouflage makeup to help improve natural aging skin blemishes such as spots, fine lines, discolorations and dark circles under the eye.

If you are interested in camouflage makeup, it is important to ask your surgeon as he or she will likely offer a certain makeup line. Also, since application is important, your surgeon will be a resource on how to apply camouflage makeup or direct you to the right place to learn how to apply makeup.

Post Surgery Skin Changes and Makeup Solutions

Skin color can change throughout the recovery period. The range of colors includes black, purple, blue, gray, brown, green and yellow. Incision scars are often noticeably red throughout the recovery period as well. Aged permanent scars may be troublesome, too. Camouflage makeup is specifically designed to address recovery symptoms. It differs from regular makeup, providing paramedical ingredients that address the difficulty associated with masking recovery skin.

Camouflage makeup may be used as part of a continued daily makeup regimen to cover difficult spots throughout your lifetime. The makeup can be used to neutralize discolorations in skin tones, soften and reduce swollen areas and define facial features. There are many choices: foundations, concealers, highlighters, creams, powders and makeup removers.

Aesthetic recovery solutions are an important part of your overall recovery regimen. Talk to your doctor about the type of compression garment, accessories, and camouflage makeup you should use.