Can you take alcohol before Cosmetic Surgery?

Can you take alcohol before Cosmetic Surgery?

One too many before liposuction or can I just take drink before Rhinoplasty doc, I am nervous.

In practice, Dr. Chugh gets these questions related to alcohol consumption before cosmetic surgery.

With more than 15 years of experience, Dr. Chugh says with confidence the 10 harmful effects of consuming Alcohol before cosmetic surgeries.


1. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising: Alcohol acts as blood thinner therefore leading to excessive bleeding and bruising during and after surgery.

2. Anesthesia complications: Alcohol can interact with anesthesia, causing respiratory and cardiac issues.

3. Impaired wound healing: Alcohol can reduce blood flow to the skin, leading to delayed or poor wound healing.

4. Increased risk of infections: Alcohol can weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to surgical site infections.

5. Prolonged recovery time: Alcohol can slow down the recovery process, leading to a longer and more uncomfortable recuperation.

6. Increased risk of scarring: Alcohol can affect the skin’s natural healing process, leading to more noticeable scarring.

7. Interactions with medications: Alcohol can interact with medications used during surgery, leading to adverse reactions.

8. Dehydration: Alcohol is a diuretic, causing dehydration, which can lead to complications during surgery.

9. Cardiovascular issues: Alcohol can increase heart rate and blood pressure, leading to cardiovascular complications.

10. Anesthesia overdose: Alcohol can increase the risk of anesthesia overdose, which can be life-threatening.

It’s crucial to follow Dr. Chugh’s instructions and avoid alcohol before cosmetic surgery to ensure a safe and successful procedure.

Usually it should be avoided at least a week before any planned cosmetic surgery!