Can I Drink Before my Breast Augmentation?

I am getting breast implants in two weeks and have a girls night out planned the weekend before. I'm not a big drinker, but is it ok if I have one or two cocktails a few nights before surgery? I've heard a few different opinions.

Doctor Answers 28

Alcohol intake prior to surgery

As a general rule, we advise patients to abstain from alcohol intake several days prior to surgery. We want you to arrive at surgery fully hydrated and healthy for elective cosmetic surgery. 

Saint Petersburg Plastic Surgeon
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1515 22nd Ave N
Saint Petersburg, FL 33704

Can I go out drinking before my breast augmentation?

You should not drink any alcohol for 48 hours before surgery. Alcohol can increase the risk of complications and slow down the recovery process. However, when you are no longer taking narcotics and muscle relaxants and have had your first postoperative visit, feel free to pop open a bottle of champagne and celebrate.

Ted Eisenberg, DO
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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2375 Woodward Street
Philadelphia, PA 19115

Drinking before a Breast Augmentation

Hi there, thanks for posting your question. Every surgeon has different requirements and rules, and it is best to follow your surgeon's. Best to you. -Dr. Coan 

Brian Coan, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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6216 Fayetteville Rd
Durham, NC 27713

Do Not Drink Alcohol for at Least 1 Week Prior to Surgery

When patients undergo breast augmentation surgery, safety should be everyone’s first priority. For this reason, we recommend that patients not drink alcohol for at least one week prior to surgery. Alcohol can cause dehydration which can significantly increase the potential for complications following breast augmentation.

In this case, two drinks, 48 hours prior to surgery wouldn’t be a problem if efforts were made to re-hydrate. Unfortunately two drinks can easily turn into six drinks and for this reason avoiding alcohol prior to surgery is probably appropriate. 

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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8900 West Dodge Road
Omaha, NE 68114

Abstain for a week

I would refrain from alcohol for a week before surgery for any number of reasons.  There are physiologic effects from alcohol drinking which can effect your body at surgery.

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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525 Oak Centre Drive
San Antonio, TX 78258

Alcohol Consumption before Surgery

Thank you for your question. While I would not have a problem with a patient consuming alcohol one week prior to breast augmentation (within reason of course), each surgeon has their own pre-op instructions. Because you have already chosen a surgery date, you should discuss this with your doctor and follow his or her specific guidelines.

Mark Deutsch, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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980 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30342

Drinking alcohol before surgery

We typically advise patients to abstain from alcohol consumption about a week prior to surgery. We want to make sure you are as healthy & as hydrated as possible the day of surgery.

Be well and good luck!

Morgan E. Norris, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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6400 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030-1524

Alcohol and surgery

This is a question that is raised all the time. Our recommendation in this practice is to limit your drinking one week prior to the operation. Having a glass of wine 48 hours prior to surgery is probably ok. We ask you not to drink 48 hours prior to any procedure. Best wishes.


Sepehr Egrari, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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2950 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA 98004-1406

Drinking and Breast Surgery

If it will a few days before your surgery and you allow yourself recovery time including no drinking and adequate  re-hydration, then you should be fine.  If you have any questions, please discuss with you plastic surgeon. Have a fun "girl's night out!"

Herluf G. Lund, Jr, MD
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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17300 N. Outer 40 Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005

A couple of drinks should be fine

A handful of drinks a couple nights before surgery in a healthy person should be fine.  Just make sure to rehydrate yourself prior to surgery as alcohol can dehydrate you.  Good luck with your surgery.


Renato Saltz, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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5445 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84117

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