When Can I Start Wearing Makeup On My Nose After Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, is one of the most common plastic surgeries in the world. The result of rhinoplasty depends on the surgeon’s experience and following post-surgical instructions. Skincare is one of the most important types of care after nose surgery.

When you can start using cosmetics depends on the type of your operation and your surgeon’s discretions. In general, avoiding wearing makeup until your wounds are fully healed is recommended, as the cosmetics can cause infection and impede the healing process. Read the following article to know when it is safe to wear makeup after rhinoplasty and what skin routine is necessary for you.

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Can You Wear Makeup After Rhinoplasty?

Many patients wear makeup to cover the bruises around their noses and eyes after the rhinoplasty procedure. However, applying makeup while your skin is still healing can increase the risk of infection and lower the speed of the healing process. So, how long after rhinoplasty can I wear makeup? As most surgeons recommend, you should not use chemical products until your bandages and casts are removed. The best treatment for the bruising under your eyes is to build a skincare routine and hydrate your skin daily. 

When Can I Wear Makeup After Rhinoplasty?

When you can wear makeup after a nose job highly depends on your surgery. In the following, we mention how long you can wear makeup after an open and closed nose job.  

Makeup after closed rhinoplasty

Since no incision is made on the facial skin during the closed rhinoplasty, you can wear makeup after removing splints and casts, i.e., a week after the surgery. However, it is recommended not to apply pressure around the nose until the swelling is subsided. 

Makeup after open rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty is an invasive procedure involving external cuts and stitches; you should wait at least a month before wearing makeup. Remember that wearing makeup, even after a month, should be done with caution, and you should not apply it on incisions and wounds. Also, be gentle with wearing and removing makeup because putting pressure on the operated area may cause inflammation and irritation.

In any case, for rhino makeup, use clean and disinfected brushes because dirty brushes can cause infection. Moreover, do not use foundation for two months as it blocks your pores and hinders healing.

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Makeup after a Non-Surgical Nose Job

Non-surgical nose job is a plastic surgery that does not involve incisions and stitches. Also, it has lower risks and side effects, and its recovery period is shorter than a standard nose job. Considering all these factors, you can wear makeup and use skincare products 24 hours after this surgery without any limitations. It would help if you only kept in mind that applying pressure or tapping the brush on the nose may affect the results of your non-surgical rhinoplasty.

General Tips for Wearing Makeup After Nose Job

General Tips for Wearing Makeup After Nose Job

Here are some useful tips regarding when and how to wear makeup and how to remove it after a nose job:

  • Getting bandages and sutures wet will increase the risk of inflammation and infection. Therefore, you should clean your face with a wet wipe until your bandages and external sutures are removed;
  • Be gentle with your skin when wearing makeup;
  • For removing makeup, use a clean cloth or makeup remover pads instead of water;
  • Do not apply pressure on the face with cosmetic pads and brushes, especially around the nose;
  • Do not apply any makeup on the wounds and sutures;
  • Avoid wearing strong perfumes as they may irritate your nose and make you sneeze;
  • Use only fragrance-free moisturizers;
  • Make sure to clean your skin with makeup remover and a cotton pad at the end of the day;
  • Use high-quality beauty products. Cheap products may lead to skin sensitivity and aggravate the complications of a nose job;
  • Have a skincare routine to avoid skin dryness and minimize bruising;
  • Do not use chemical peeling products for three months;
  • Do not poke or squeeze your nose or touch its skin when wearing makeup until your wounds are completely healed.

General Tips for Wearing Makeup After Nose Job

How to Put Makeup after Nose Job?

In healing, you should prefer organic cosmetics and ensure they are made of natural minerals. You should avoid exfoliating for at least a month. Chemical peeling, ablative laser and similar applications can cause infection and scarring on your face. You should wait for the top layer of your skin to renew. You should not apply pressure while applying the creams or bases you will apply to your face.

The make-up products that you choose should be smooth and have a concealer feature. You should not apply makeup to your suture mark for a while. Make-up during the day should be cleaned at night. Keeping the skin clean is very important during the healing process. When washing your face, you should choose a soap-free cleanser.

In the following, some of the most important points on how to put makeup after a nose job are mentioned:

How to Put Makeup after Nose Job?

Use clean brushes and pads: bacteria can live in dirty brushes and pads for an extended period. When applying these pads on the newly-operated areas, these bacteria will be transferred into the wounds and cause infection, pimples, and more scarring.

Use high-quality cosmetic products: it is essential not to use low-quality products after rhinoplasty because they clog the pores and cause infection, skin discoloration, and other skin irritations. Also, do not use heavy powders and foundations as they block the skin's pores and do not let the skin breathe properly.

Do not put pressure on your facial skin: when wearing makeup after rhinoplasty, be very gentle and do not apply pressure on the wounds as it may cause more swelling and bruising and prolong the healing process.

Avoid putting makeup on the surgery site: the nose and areas around it are more vulnerable after the surgery; therefore, it is recommended not to wear any makeup on them. Also, be mindful of how much makeup you put on the areas around the nose.

Skincare Routine After Rhinoplasty

After removing splints and bandages, you should clean the area where they were placed with lukewarm water and an odorless facewash. Even if your skin was not sensitive before rhinoplasty, it might become sensitive after the operation. A gentle cleanser can reduce the sensitivity and redness of your skin and prevent acne and irritation. 

Some specialists suggest that patients clean their skin with soap-free cleansers and cotton pads without applying pressure. Also, your plastic surgeon may prescribe specific ointments and creams to be included in your skincare routine. After cleaning your face, you can use fragrance-free moisturizers and hydrating creams/gels to prevent skin dryness and soothe your sensitive skin.

Skincare Routine After Rhinoplasty

How to get rid of blackheads and pimples after rhinoplasty?

After removing bandages and splints, your nasal skin will become oily and get pimples because the sebaceous glands make too much sebum to protect and hydrate the skin. If such a problem occurs, you can wash your face with regular facewash and use scrubs to eliminate blackheads.

Remember that using too many beauty products and rubbing your nose to remove blackheads will aggravate your complications and prolong the healing process, so don’t be obsessed with them. 


To sum up, if you are unhappy with the shape of your nose or have breathing problems, you can undergo rhinoplasty to eliminate its deficiencies. One of the key factors to reducing the side effects of a nose job and achieving the best results is to follow the postoperative instructions provided by your doctor, including how and when to wear makeup.

Contact us if you have more questions about makeup after rhinoplasty. Raadina Co. provides you with the most affordable nose job packages and assists you through this journey.

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Makeup after Rhinoplasty FAQs 

1) Can I use perfume after rhinoplasty?

You can use perfume two weeks after rhinoplasty. If you are used to spray cologne on your neck, ensure it doesn’t splash on your face.

2) When can I use sunscreen after nose surgery?

You should apply sunscreen SPF 50 all over your face as soon as your splints are removed. However, be careful not to tap on your nose hard and long. 

3) When can I start doing my skincare after rhinoplasty?

You should start a proper skin routine two weeks after rhinoplasty when the stitches are removed from your nose.

4) How long has my nose been skin sensitive after rhinoplasty?

You should be gentle with the skin and structure of your nose for almost a month after rhinoplasty. Use high-quality cosmetic products and avoid tapping on them with brushes and pads.  

5) Am I allowed to use concealer after a nose job?

Yes, you can use concealer to cover your bruising, but keeping the concealer 1 cm away from your stitches is suggested.  

6) When can I wear mascara?

You can wear mascara, shades, and eyeliner a week after rhinoplasty. The important point is to avoid getting your cast wet when cleaning your eye makeup. 

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