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Postpone your post liposuction drink: here’s why

May 27, 2019

If you’ve been giving your all to a healthy diet and a regular exercise regime for a while now but are making no progress on those stubborn, highly resistant pockets of fat around your abdomen, thighs, arms, buttocks and/or hips, you might be the perfect candidate for a liposuction procedure. There is the advanced surgical option, which effectively removes resistant fat from selected areas, however, modern-day patients also happen to have incredible nonsurgical liposuction options available to them which can add soft tissue contraction at the same time as localized fat removal—with less bruising, swelling and pain than ever before. Liposuction procedures likes BodyTite radiofrequency-assisted lipocoagulation can deliver up to 35% soft tissue contraction and skin tightening at the time as the fat suction and aspiration is occurring. Other liposuction technologies can also improve your liposuction outcome, such as the laser-assisted SmartLipo, and the ultrasound-assisted VASERLipo.

 

Regardless of what type of liposuction protocol you decide on with Dr. Mulholland during your consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto, one thing is certain: consuming alcohol after liposuction can interfere with your body’s healing process, and it’s worth taking seriously.

 

That celebratory drink is worth the wait

 

It’s very understandable if you’re looking forward to pouring yourself a drink after your liposuction or other plastic surgery procedure, but hold off. Alcohol and plastic surgery have never been a positive mix. Ideally, refraining from alcohol both before your procedure and during your recovery period is advisable. It’s generally recommended not to drink alcohol for 48 hours minimum post liposuction, but depending on recommendations catered to you specifically, you may need to restrict your alcohol consumption for longer. The sooner you heal, the sooner you can have that celebratory drink, and the more worth it it’ll be!

 

The effects of alcohol post liposuction

 

Before

 

If you drink alcohol before surgery, it can dry out your skin, making it more challenging to effectively suture your skin back together in the case of surgical liposuction, and could leave behind scar tissue. Alcohol post-procedure can also interfere with sedatives you take during surgery, reducing their effectiveness. Additionally, alcohol is a blood thinner, which can pose serious safety issues during surgery: if any unexpected complication occurs involving blood loss, alcohol can make it harder to control the bleeding.

 

 

After

 

Alcohol can interfere with your recovery too. It increases swelling, which means dilated blood vessels—you want the opposite effect when trying to heal. If you’re on pain medication post-procedure, you’ll want to avoid drinking alcohol for at least 1 week, as alcohol interacts negatively with many such meds. And, thanks to alcohol’s blood-thinning properties, not waiting to have that drink can increase bruising. You’ll already be dehydrated after surgery, and since alcohol is known to cause dehydration, it’s the last thing you need. Fluid intake is essential during your recovery, so do drink lots of water, natural juices, and herbal teas.

 

 

While a glass of red wine a day may be good for you under normal circumstances, it’s best to refrain from alcohol of any kind for two weeks before and after your surgery—just to be safe. Whatever you do, always follow recommendations in order to come out at the other end of it all looking and feeling your best!

Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto today to learn more about your liposuction options!

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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