Can I Drink Alcohol 5th Day Post Op Liposuction

Can I Drink Alcohol 5th Day Post Op Liposuction

Doctor Answers 5

Having a drink after liposuction

This is what I tell my patients.

After a small or moderate liposuction, up to 3.5 Liters removed, if my patients are pain free and have taken no medication for 24 hours, a glass of wine with dinner at home is ok.

After a large liposuction (more than 3.5 liters removed), they need to wait at least a week plus be pain free and wait 48 hours after stopping all medicine before having alcohol at home.

Don't drink away from home until 2 full weeks after surgery and 48 hours off all medicine. Why? If you are in an accident, you will be blamed, even if you are not at fault.

Ask your surgeon if s/he agrees. Hope this helps!

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Alcohol after liposuction

You should discuss this with your surgeon. Certainly if you are taking pain medications, it is best to avoid the alcohol.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Liquor after liposuction

My first question is, why? Second, are you taking pain medication? It is important to be hydrated and alcohol acts as a diuretic so I would not recommend drinking this soon after surgery. Additionally, anesthesia does have some long term effects and I do not see a reason to exacerbate these or put you in a situation in which you might be more prone to slip or fall so soon after surgery.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 reviews

Alcohol after liposuction

The short answer is "yes;" the longer answer is "everything in moderation." 

The most important thing is to stay hydrated and to walk around a lot to avoid a blood clot.  Alcohol is a diuretic (makes you pee) which can increase the risk of bloot clots so don't drink a lot of booze and follow any alcoholic drink with two cups of water.

Daniel Greenwald, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Drink Alcohol 5th Day Post Op Liposuction

You should consult with your surgeon. If you are still on pain medication, then it is unlikely that alcohol would be a good idea. If you are off pain medications, then it is possible to have one drink at home during a meal depending on your surgeon's recommendation.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

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