Is it Okay to Have Alcohol 2 Weeks After Breast Augmentation?

I am going on vacation exactly two weeks post-op (silicone, under muscle with Benelli lift) and I was wondering if it will be safe, considering I am off all meds, to have some drinks.

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Alcohol 2 weeks after breast lift and augmentation?

I agree with my colleagues that alcohol in moderation is OK 2 weeks after surgery since you are off all medications. However, I have other concerns and advice that I hope you will consider.

First of all, you should follow your own surgeon's advice, since it is he or she you will go to if you have a problem, such as breast hematoma (bleeding), malposition (from too much activity or minor injury), or capsular contracture (bacteria or bleeding are the usual culprits).

At 2 weeks from surgery, your incisions are barely sealed (are all tiny crusts and scabs gone?) and exposure to pool or ocean bacteria can cause an infection, perhaps even one requiring removal of implant(s). Really!

Also, your pocket is certainly not durable enough to withstand vigorous activity, such as swimming, snorkeling, or even putting your luggage in an overhead bin! Some vacationers also like to engage in intimate activities that could cause a breast hematoma, and who would fix that while you are away from your surgeon in an exotic location without skilled plastic surgeon coverage?

Truly, I don't want to be the wet blanket on your vacation plans, but several months ago one of my breast lift plus implant patients went out on the town 18 days after her uneventful and wonderful-result surgery, became over-served at the bar she and friends were partying at, slipped in the parking lot and fell, popping open about 3 inches of her breast incision. Blood all over, and of course, her friends called an ambulance, which took her to the hospital where the ER doctor called me. (Add up the ambulance ride, the ER and ER doctor charges thus far.)

Since she was inebriated, we were unable to safely operate until the next morning (I was called at 3 AM), so she ended up going home anyway. I successfully re-operated (thankfully, her implant was not exposed, or I would have had to remove it), and she ended up with a good result in spite of herself (but she doubled her cost of that result).

I tell you this (true) story not to scare you or ruin your vacation plans, but to educate you. Please heed your surgeon's advice (and mine) to take it easy. If you can, you may wish to reconsider your plans for a couple of weeks later. Or modify your plans to include mostly quiet time under the umbrella with a good book and an occasional cocktail!

And, BTW, keep your scars out of the sun. They will turn permanently brown if they receive even a little ultraviolet while they are pink (6-12 months). Remember, good long-term results are worth the extra effort, and not worth the (premature) vacation activity you know you really shouldn't engage in! Best wishes and happy travels whenever and wherever you go!

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 255 reviews

Alcohol after a Breast Augmentation

Thank you for your question.  Generally speaking, as long as you are no longer taking any medications and you are feeling well, having a drink or two on vacation should not be an issue.  I do typically recommend that patients avoid alcohol for the first 10 days following their breast augmentation.  I would recommend that you follow up with your surgeon and discuss their specific post-op instructions.  Best of luck!

Stephen T. Greenberg, MD
Woodbury Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Okay if no bruising

Drinking in moderation two weeks after your surgery is probably okay if your surgeon agrees to it. However, if you have extensive bruising I wouldn’t recommend it because it could make it worse.

Ronald Levine, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Moderation is important- wait at least 1 week after 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 and at least one week after surgery.Alcohol can cause dehydration which can significantly increase the potential for complications following breast augmentation.
It’s not unreasonable for breast augmentation patients to resume alcohol consumption two weeks following surgery provided they drink in moderation and are no longer taking narcotic pain relievers.It’s also important to emphasize that they should avoid excessive drinking which might lead to behavior that might put their breast augmentation at risk.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Alcohol after breast augmentation

Thank you for your question. If your swelling is pretty much gone and you are not requiring any pain medication, then some alcohol is probably fine. If you have still have considerable swelling, then you may find that alcohol prolongs the swelling period.  In addition, if you are requiring any pain medication to help managed discomfort, then I would also avoid alcohol.

Also be sure to follow your surgeon's activity restrictions while on vacation and get their go-ahead to fly and drink.

Young R. Cho, MD, PhD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Drinking Post Breast Augmentation

Having alcohol if you are off pain medication should be okay. As long as your board certified plastic surgeon approves. Two weeks after surgery I tell my patients it is okay to drink in moderation.

David Rosenstein, MD
Boynton Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Alcohol after breast augmentation

Thank you for your question.  While you should defer to your surgeon's instructions, as long as you are no longer taking narcotic pain medication (or any other meds that might interact unfavorably with alcohol), it is likely safe to drink alcohol in moderation 2 weeks following breast augmentation surgery

Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Drinking after Breast augmentation surgery

Thank you for your question.
As long as you are off all medication and are feeling good, having some drinks should not cause a problem. Check with your surgeon for his/her instructions . Best of luck!

Brian K. Reedy, MD
Reading Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 145 reviews

Drinking after breast augmentation

Thank you for your question. Given that you are off all of your medication, it is fine to resume drinking. However, I highly recommend speaking with your surgeon beforehand. Have a great vacation!

Michael Horn, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 57 reviews

Consuming Alcohol after Breast Augmentaion

If you are off all your medications it should be fine to have a couple drinks. However, you will want to confirm with your surgeon first.

Jeffrey Weinzweig, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

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