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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Alcohol resumption after aesthetic rhinoplasty

If you are three weeks out from your procedure and you are no longer under the influence of pain medication, there should be no harmful effects of consuming alcohol. That being said I would recommend responsible drinking since too much could lead to you accidentally falling and damaging your nose.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post rhinoplasty - nose job - alcohol drinking

3 weeks after rhinoplasty or nose job should be a safe time to consume alcoholic beverages.  Depending on the internal lining work done, most things should have completely healed by 2 weeks time.  Enjoy .

Etai Funk, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Post-rhinoplasty alcohol consumption

Usually patients can have moderate cocktails after a few weeks post-surgery.  Certainly by 4 months you should be OK.  Remember that alcohol can cause fluid retention and may exacerbate swelling.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

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