Camouflage cosmetics are designed to hide blemishes, discolorations and scars. They are frequently used after plastic surgery to restore a natural appearance to the skin during the healing process. Plastic surgery can leave bruising, swelling and scars that cause embarrassment or self-consciousness even after the short-term postsurgical discomfort has passed. Camouflage cosmetics enable patients to resume normal activities as soon as they are physically able to do so.
The appropriate cosmetics for any individual patient may be specifically recommended by the doctor or may be purchased independently. Sometimes, ordinary over-the-counter makeup products give sufficient coverage. In any case, the cosmetics selected should be hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. It may be possible to apply cosmetics as soon as a day or two after the surgical procedure, but this should always be determined in consultation with the physician.
Reasons for Using Camouflage Cosmetics
Camouflage cosmetics are used for three purposes: concealing, color correcting and contouring.
Concealers are thick, opaque but creamy foundations that hide bruises and incision lines. They should be carefully blended into the foundation, color-correctors or makeup around the eyes in order to achieve a smooth surface. It is important to avoid build-up in any delicate skin creases.
Color correctors blend post-surgical marks with your normal skin tone. Lavender shades work well to counteract yellows, greens to counteract redness.
Light and dark contour products hide swelling by creating the appearance of highlights and shadows. While these preparations can be used for other purposes, they are especially useful after nose or facial implant surgery.
It takes some practice to learn to apply camouflage cosmetics correctly. Delicate blending is necessary to avoid light or dark streaks across the face. Proper cleansing helps to keep the skin healthy after surgery, so cosmetic products should always be removed every night. In order to remove makeup most effectively, three steps are necessary: using a cleansing cream, wiping the skin gently with an alcohol-free toner, and applying a moisturizer. The moisturizer selected should be appropriate for the individual's skin type.