Having a glass of wine, a beer, or a cocktail with friends is something lots of people enjoy. It’s a great way to socialize or relax and unwind. However, if you’re planning on undergoing a plastic surgery procedure, it’s a habit you should give up in the weeks prior to your surgery. Here’s why drinking alcohol and plastic surgery can be hazardous for your body.
In a previous blog post I talked about cigarettes and nicotine being a vasoconstrictor that causes your blood vessels to constrict or close up. Alcohol is the flip flip side. Alcohol is a vasodilator. Vasodilators cause your blood vessels to open up and flood your surface tissues. This is bad for two reasons: 1) this process takes blood away from your vital organs (like your brain and heart), and 2) it causes your body to swell. You’ll be swollen enough after surgery without adding to it with booze!
Another negative aspect of alcohol before plastic surgery is that it affects your blood platelets and causes them to be less active. Less active platelets means your blood won’t coagulate. This makes it difficult for your body to heal and puts you at a higher risk for postoperative bleeding. Avoiding alcohol will help give you a better chance at a quick recovery.
Alcohol is also a diuretic (it make you need to pee more often than you should) which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration is big reason you don’t feel well when you’re hungover. Your body will already be dehydrated post surgery and adding any amount of alcohol to your body prior to your procedure could lead to discomfort post-operation.
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