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Plastic surgery is a general name given to all procedures that permanently shape different parts of the body. Some factors adversely affect the success rate of these surgeries. One of them is alcohol consumption. Accordingly, there may be variations in the success rate of such procedures. Therefore, it is considered risky to have alcohol before and after the surgery. So, what is the relationship between plastic surgery and alcohol? How does alcohol consumption negatively affect aesthetic operations? All details are in our article.


Why is Alcohol Consumption Before and After Plastic Surgery a Big Risk

Some people enjoy drinking alcohol a lot. However, it is not possible to use such expressions for its consumption before surgeries. Why is it so important to avoid drinking alcohol before surgery?

Having alcohol before a plastic surgery procedure can increase the risk of various complications. Such complications adversely affect both the success rate of the procedure and the recovery period. If you are not a heavy drinker, it is sufficient to stop it 48 hours before the operation. However, if you consume it heavily, you should stop using it at least 2 weeks before.

Plastic Surgery and Alcohol


Preoperative Risks

The relationship between plastic surgery and alcohol can lead to different risks. The probability of having risks that are normally very rare may increase significantly. These risks are:

  • Drying the Skin 

It has the effect of causing skin dryness when consumed intensively. Drying of your skin leads to the formation of cracks in the following periods. Experiencing skin dryness before procedures such as facelift, tummy tuck, and breast augmentation makes operations difficult. Because stitching, stapling, or sticking dry skin becomes seriously difficult. If such a situation occurs, the success rate of the procedure decreases, and the risk of scarring in the operation area increases.

  • Reducing Anesthetic Effect

Most cosmetic procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Alcohol in your blood before surgery makes it difficult for anesthesiologists to get the right dose. Besides, the proportion in the blood reduces the effect of anesthetic drugs. In such a case, even the cancellation of the operation may be required. Because giving anesthesia more or less than necessary can result in serious problems.

  • Thinning Your Blood 

Alcohol consumption causes thinning of your blood. Even the smallest incision to be formed during the surgery poses a risk as your blood is thin. Thinned blood increases the risk of bleeding and blood loss. When unexpected bleeding occurs, it can be very difficult to stop it. Because of such reasons, if there is alcohol in your blood, the surgery is postponed to a later date. Unfortunately, there is such a negative relationship between plastic surgery and alcohol.

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Post-Surgery Risks

Not only is consuming alcohol before the surgery is risky, but it is also risky to consume it in the post-operative period. It is recommended not to use it for at least 2 weeks after the operation. Otherwise, different problems may arise. Postoperative risks are generally as follows:

  • Plastic Surgery and Alcohol

  • The Possibility of Making Medicines Dangerous

After the aesthetic operations, antibiotics are prescribed to prevent the risk of infection, and painkillers are prescribed for your pain. Alcohol consumption during the period when these medications are used may cause undesirable situations such as vomiting, nausea, headache, drowsiness, and fainting. Internal bleeding, loss of coordination, difficulty in breathing, and heart problems may also occur.

  • Delaying Recovery

The most adverse effect of drinking alcohol after surgery is that it prolongs the recovery process. In this period, the strength of the immune system decreases, and accordingly the risk of infection increases. Conditions such as thinning of the blood may also occur.  These will prolong the recovery period.

  • Increasing the Risk of Swelling

Due to alcohol consumption, the veins expand. This expansion may trigger unexpected swelling in the surgical area. For example, alcohol consumed after Rhinoplasty will cause swelling in the nose area. Swelling brings pain with it. In such a case, the recovery time will be longer and you will have to wait longer to see the final results.

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How Long Should I Wait?

Plastic surgery and alcohol consumption can cause undesirable situations. Therefore, patients are asked to stay away from alcohol both before and after the operation. The waiting period is 2 weeks before surgery and 2 weeks after surgery according to many experts. However, it would be better to talk to your surgeon to learn the exact answer.

Having a healthy diet and taking the vitamins and minerals your body needs before the surgery has a positive effect on the results.



Plastic surgery and alcohol are elements that should stay away from each other. Drinking alcohol before and after plastic surgery causes different risks. The success rate of the procedure decreases, and the recovery period is prolonged. At Cosmeticium, with our expertise and experience, we inform you comprehensively both before and after the operation. Thus, we ensure that you get the best result from your aesthetic operation. Contact us for more detailed information on the subject.

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