How long before and after surgery should I abstain from alcohol consumption?

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How long before and after surgery should I abstain from alcohol consumption?

Each surgeon has their own post operative protocols. I advise patients to refrain from alcohol until they are off all narcotic pain medications. You should address this question with your surgeon. 


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Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Narcotics

Often if you are on narcotics post procedure alcohol should be avoided as this can interfere with your judgement and response time. Check with your board certified plastic surgeon. Best, MMT

Drinking alcohol before and after breast augmentation surgery

You should follow your surgeon's protocol, but I tell my patients that they should avoid alcohol starting at least 48 hours before surgery. Alcohol can increase the risk of complications and slow down the recovery process. After surgery, my patients are prescribed narcotics and muscle relaxants for their discomfort. When they are done with these medications, which is on average 3 days after surgery, and have had their first post-op visit, they can drink alcohol. For more information on this and similar topics, I recommend a plastic surgery Q&A book like "The Scoop On Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths."

Ted Eisenberg, DO, FACOS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

Avoid alcohol in the days before and after breast augmentation.

Every plastic surgeon will have their own rules regarding alcohol consumption before and after breast augmentation, but there are some general guidelines you should follow. Alcohol can cause dehydration and affect how your body metabolizes anesthesia and pain medications. For this reason, I advise individuals to cease alcohol consumption 1 week prior to surgery. Following your breast augmentation, do not drink alcohol for at least 2 weeks after surgery and definitely not if you are still taking any pain medication. Again, follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions regarding alcohol and every other aspect of post-operative care. Best of luck to you.

Lee B. Daniel, MD
Eugene Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Alcohol use around plastic surgery

Hello 'bananas114', thanks for your question.  Alcohol use *in moderation* should be OK before and after surgery as long as you are done taking your antibiotics/ pain meds (which it can affect absorption), and as long as you are healing adequately afterwards without hematoma/seroma/infection or other issues.  Alcohol can lead to vasodilation which can lead to prolonged swelling, bruising, oozing, etc if taken too soon after surgery.  Excessive alcohol use is never a good idea, even if you are not having plastic surgery.  Be sure you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for your surgery, who should be following you closely before and after your procedure.  Good luck!

-Dr.92660

Alcohol Avoidance

Hello,

Thank you for your question. Protocols vary between practices and depending on the patient. Usually, abstaining at least 48 hours prior and afterward as long as you are taking narcotic pain medication, you will be advised to avoid alcohol. Ask your Plastic Surgeon what they recommend.

All the best

Alcohol and surgery

I tell my patients that they should stay away from alcohol a week before and after surgery. Alcohol should also be avoided whenever taking narcotic medication. Your surgeon should have a complete list of dos and donts in your surgical packet. good luck

Scott D. Green, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

How long before and after surgery should I abstain from alcohol consumption?

Thank you for your question. In my opinion it is best to avoid #alcohol #consumption at least 48 hours before surgery. After your #breast #augmentation surgery you will be #prescribed #pain #medications which can cause #problematic and #negative results if combined with alcohol. Alcohol can also delay healing if taken prior to surgery. Please make sure you discuss this topic with your #BCPS before your surgery. Your PS may have a different protocol for this. It is best to always follow your #BCPS advice. Best wishes!

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

Alcohol consumption before and after surgery?

I would recommend to avoid alcohol for at least 48 hours prior to your surgery.  Our patients are recommended to not consume alcohol until off of pain medication for a day or so. Good luck on your surgery

Marc J. Salzman, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Alcohol before and after surgery

In my opinion one should stop drinking one week before surgery and not resume until off all pain meds. If someone drinks daily I recommend at least two weeks before procedure. The person has to otherwise be healthy as well. 
Discuss these issues with your board certified plastic surgeon. 

Leon Goldstein, MD
Madison Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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