When to Stop Drinking Alcohol Prior to Surgery?

How many weeks or days do I have to stop drinking before my rhynoplasty?

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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

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.

Eric T. Adler, MD
San Juan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Optimal Recovery advice

Prior to surgery, I advise you discontinue drinking, at minimum, 2 to 4 weeks prior to surgery for optimal recovery.

Richard A. Zoumalan, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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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.

When to stop alcohol before surgery?

Very commonly asked question.  The truth no one knows.  Since this is elective surgery and you have the ability to do everything possible for a good outcome before its better to be safe than sorry.  I recommend no alcohol for 2 wks prior and 1 wk after.  Especially red wine as it thins out your blood

Hope that helps

Rady Rahban, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Alcohol before surgery

Each Plastic Surgeon has their own view point on this and I would suggest you speak with your plastic surgeon. The reason that it is suggested that you stop or have minimal alcohol leading up to your surgery is that if can effect the metabolism (how fast the drugs last) of the anesthesia and pain medicines afterwards and can cause bleeding problems during surgery. Definitely do not drink and take pain medicines afterwards as it can cause you to stop breathing in certain circumstances.
My suggestions to my patients is to have no more than one glass of wine or beer per day 2 weeks before surgery and preferably stop a week prior to surgery, resuming after pain medicines have stopped and you are back to your normal routine.


Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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hi, thank you for the question.
in general 7 days before and 10 after should be enough
but please talk to your surgeon because you need to follow his routine.

Enriquillo Clime Rivera, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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We usually recommend our patients to stop alcohol consumption 5-7 days prior to the surgery. This will ease with overall recovery and helps subside possible bleeding.

Keith S. Berman, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Alcohol before rhinoplasty

I think as long as your talking about 1 or 2 drinks then 48 hours before should be fine.  If you are drinking heavily then I would avoid this for at least a week. Alcohol consumption in the post operative period should be avoided especially in the first few weeks.  Even after this period patients notice swelling after drinking but this will be temporary.

Richard Rival, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alcohol consumption before and after rhinoplasty

Generally, it advised to abstain from alcohol 7 days before and after surgery. This will reduce the chance of complications and accelerate the recovery process. It is best to follow the individual guidelines given by your surgeon.

Scott Chapin, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
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