When Can One Drink After a Rhinoplasty?

I had my rhinoplasty exactly 3 weeks ago today. I'm not in a hurry to drink, but out of curiosity, when can I have alcohol?My birthday is in 4 months and I'd like to drink a few beers. If this is a factor, the type of rhinoplasty I had was a masculinization rhinoplasty with implant for the bridge and tip development.

Doctor Answers 16

Drinking 3 weeks post-op

There should not be any problem with moderate drinking a few weeks post-op as long as you are no longer taking narcotic pain medication

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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1 Week Following Surgery

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

When patients resume alcohol consumption, it’s important that they drink in moderation.In addition, alcohol should never be mixed with narcotics or sleeping pills.

Drinking after Rhinoplasty

In my opinion there should be no problem with having a drink after rhinoplasty.  However I do not recommend any drinking that is not in moderation with or without operation of any kind.  Enjoy your drink.

Vasdev Rai, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Rhinoplasty ,post op restristions

There is no restrictions for food, beverages & alcholic drinks after a nose surgery except when you are taking pain killers .Assuming you are not taking any pain killers at this time you can go ahead with your beers at your birthday as long as you are watching out for others not to bump into your nose! Happy Birthday.

Fereydoon S. Mahjouri, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

When pain medication is stopped, moderate alcohol consumption is okay.

This is a conversation best had with your surgeon as each doctor has their own philosophy.  Some patients also have their own individual medical history that impacts on their ability to consume alcohol and thus you're safest having this conversation with your surgeon.  

For my patients - and baring any other factors, as soon as they are no longer using any pain medication they are free to consume alcohol in moderation.  Heavy alcohol consumption can affect healing, nasal swelling, and can sometimes result in your nose being inadvertently bumped - and thus it should be avoided.

Give your surgeon's office a call just to be safe.

Michael G. Brandt, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon

Alcohol consumption may cause nasal bleeding after rhinoplasty since it's a blood thinner.

We may allow our patients to resume moderate alcohol consumption around two weeks postoperative. Hope this helps. Dr Joseph

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 386 reviews

Drinking Alcohol after Surgery

I advise my patients to wait at least one week before consuming alcohol after surgery. After waiting this period of time, drinking in moderation is fine as long as the patient is no longer taking prescription pain medication as well. 

Mark Deutsch, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Drinking after rhinoplasty

I  let people drink wine moderately after 1 week. Having worked in Europe and seen their postop regimens it really didn't hurt anything I've ever seen in drinking earlier than in the US..We as plastic surgeons should have genuine evidence before we restrict our patients

Richard Ellenbogen, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Drinking after Rhinoplasty

I advise my Rhinoplasty to use alcohol in moderation for 1 month after their Rhinoplasty and none for the first week. 

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Drinking Alcohol After Rhinoplasty

Three weeks post-op from a rhinoplasty you can drink in moderation and slowly get back to your regular life style.

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