Alcohol Consumption and Cosmetic Surgery
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
While you may be tempted to toast to a
successful plastic surgery operation or knock one back at a holiday party, most
doctors wouldn’t recommend it. Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t chase your
cosmetic procedure with alcohol.
Alcohol Increases Swelling
After undergoing a surgery, you want your
body to be at its desired size as soon as possible. However, drinking alcohol
widens your blood vessels, causing your body to swell. Your nose is especially
susceptible to alcohol-related swelling following, so you’ll have to make a
choice between your appearance and your buzz.
Alcohol Boosts Bleeding
All invasive surgeries require a
recovery period, and alcohol only tends to impede this process. By thinning the
blood, alcohol puts post-op patients at a greater risk for bleeding and a
Alcohol Leaves You Susceptible to Pain
While many turn to booze to cope
with emotional pain, it doesn’t work the same with
the physical pain following cosmetic surgery. Frequent drinkers
"may find that pain medications do not work as well and do not last as
long as they would otherwise."
Alcohol May Make Your Medications
More than alcohol just dulling a
medication’s effects, alcohol can interact with pain and certain other
medications in ways that can be detrimental and even dangerous. Prioritize the
prescription bottle over the beer bottle.
Alcohol Dries Out Your Skin
What's the use in having cosmetic
surgery only to have the new you marred with unattractive skin? When consumed
to excess, alcohol causes people to urinate more, which in turn leads to
dehydration and drier skin.
For optimal results, many doctors recommend abstaining
from alcohol for two weeks leading up to and following
surgery, though this time-frame varies depending on the procedure.