Alcohol after Plastic Surgery
In general, it really isn’t a good idea to drink alcohol after your plastic surgery. Not only could it interfere with proper healing and minimal scarring after a procedure, it can also affect your body by:
- Increasing swelling. When you drink alcohol, your blood vessels dilate, which in turn causes your body to swell. Alcohol is also incredibly dehydrating, which makes your body work harder to hold onto water. If you had a rhinoplasty, you will want to be especially careful not to drink alcohol because your nose is most susceptible to swelling.
- Increasing bleeding. Alcohol is known for thinning the blood, so if you have just come from plastic surgery, you could be at greater risk for bleeding and prolonged recovery.
- Causing pain. If you pair alcohol with pain medications for your surgery, you may find that the medications aren’t working as well or last as long as they should.
- Making your medications dangerous. Not only can alcohol cause your medications to lose their pain-relieving effect, it can also interact with certain medications to produce very harmful side effects. These include nausea, vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, loss of coordination, and even more dangerous side effects such as internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulty breathing.
- Drying out your skin. When you drink alcohol, your kidneys have to work harder than they normally would and end up producing four more ounces of water than when you aren’t drinking alcohol. In turn, your body flushes more water, which makes you dehydrated, but also dries out your skin.
Dr. Rast will work hard to ensure your procedure goes well and gives you the results you want. Because of this, it is recommended to not drink any alcohol for at least 2 weeks before and after your procedure.
If you are considering plastic surgery to make a difference in the way you look and feel, Dr. Rast in Kansas City, MO is here to help. Please contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about your plastic surgery.