When to Stop Drinking Alcohol Prior to Surgery?
One to two weeks of alcohol avoidance around the time of surgery is prudent and reasonable. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Alcohol and rhinoplasty surgery
You should stop using anything that can increase the risk of excessive bleeding during and after surgery 1 to 2 weeks before surgery. This includes:
1. Most herbal supplements
2. Fish oil
3. Non steroidal anti inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil Motrin).
4. Vitamin E
5. Foods: Alcohol, garlic
What you can take to reduce bruising and bleeding before, 2 to 7 days before and after:
1. Arnica oral
2. Yunnan (Chinese herb)
4. Vitamin K
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I recommend to patients to refrain from alcohol consumption completely 7 days prior to your surgery and 2 weeks postoperatively. I also recommend refraining from all diet supplements, vitamins and homeopathic remedies unless expressly approved by me. This is because most have unintended effects that can interact with anesthesia, and thin the blood. I also recommend no NSAIDS, like aspirin, ibuprofen or aleve 2 weeks preop.
After performing over 3500 Rhinoplasties I have found that stopping alcohol 5-7 days before and 7 days after is the safest for the day of surgery to minimize blood loss and speed up recovery afterwards.
We recommend discontinuation of alcohol two weeks before rhinoplasty surgery.
Alcohol is a blood thinner, and since the most common complication after rhinoplasty is a nose bleed, we suggest stopping alcohol two weeks preoperative. Alcohol is completely eliminated from the blood in most by 48-72 hours postoperative, so the exact duration of cessation may be different depending on your surgeon's preference.
Hope this helps.
I advise my patients to stop smoking two weeks and drinking alcohol three days before their rhinoplasty surgery Also you should stop taking any medications such as Aspirin and Vitamins.Therefore you should consult with your surgeon for a reminder form before surgery.
Alcohol tends to cause some dehydration and also makes you more susceptible to the side effects of anaesthesia such as nausea and headaches. A glass of wine with dinner up to 2 nights before is fine but certainly heavy drinking should be avoided at least 2 weeks before
Alcohol before rhinoplasty
In general any facial surgery including rhinoplasty the consensus is 2 weeks prior the surgery to stop drinking.
Prior to surgery, I advise you discontinue drinking, at minimum, 2 to 4 weeks prior to surgery for optimal recovery.
When to stop drinking alcohol before surgery?
I usually recommend that patients stop alcohol consumption for at least a week or two before and after their rhinoplasty surgery. Alcohol can thin the blood and thereby increase your risk for bleeding and bruising; this is especially true of red wine. I would recommend discussing alcohol consumption with your operating surgeon prior to your scheduled procedure as they may have different protocols that would be prudent to follow.