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Alcohol and facelifts

Alcohol and facelifts

Postby zumbles123 » Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:42 pm

Hi all. Part of my surgical instruction was not to smoke or drink alcohol days before surgery. I later read that, for a face lift alcohol should be eliminated for 4 months, while you are healing. When I went to my surgeon and asked him if I could drink on New Years Eve, he said (at 6 days post op) you could go home and have a drink now if you want to. Just one. Also, I have a tropical vacation coming up in January and he said it was fine to drink. I am (thankfully) looking really good, no bruises, lumps, swelling etc at this point (28 days!) I plan to have a few (3?) drinks on New Years. What do you all think about this issue? I am curious to know your opinions........ :) :)
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Postby ivorygirl » Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:48 pm

Alcohol can decrease ones ability to clot . And it is a vasodialator which I suppose might increase edema and congestion to the area.

I'm sure one cocktail would be ok.

My LSL was a year and a half ago and I still get a feeling of swelling if I drink red wine. Go figure. :?
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Postby zumbles123 » Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:09 pm

That's interesting, ivory girl - you can actually feel the swelling after drinking red wine? Wow. I know alcohol tends to puff one up, even without a face lift. I love red wine. I would like to go have a couple of drinks for New Years........
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Postby Daisy3 » Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:40 pm

I am no doc but I think a couple drinks would be fine.
Happy New Years.
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Postby Bugjune » Fri Dec 29, 2006 8:37 pm

My understanding is that alcohol - including wine! - is also a big dehydrator. That's why you can puff up, get a headache and feel groggy from drinking too much.

Zumbles, I'm no doc, but I think you'd be fine having 2-3 glasses (no more than 4 oz each) of wine on NY's Eve. Just have twice that much water (especially before going to bed) and pop a B-100 vitamin! That's also supposed to help the body overcome the effects of alcohol. Watch the salty food intake and chant "water! water! water!" like a mantra.

Sounds like you've got terrific results! Congrats!
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Postby Allicsirp » Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:04 pm

I swore I would not drink during my recovery early on. Oops, I lied. :^o I had a glass of wine (or 2) on the 10th day of my recovery. However, I was also drinking water and pineapple juice like crazy. I didn't think my swelling was anything out of the ordinary for my recovery. The only thing that ever really got to me and made me swell was the South Louisiana heat! Oh dear...I would highly recommend never having facelift in So. La. during the summer months. And I stayed in like a hermit for the most part!!!
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Postby TracyS » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:14 am

I'm a bit of a pissant...drink red wine most nights (I smoke too) and Ive not had any healing difficulties so far.....swelling comes and goes seemingly regardless of what I do....which is what everyone says deep plane MFL has a habit of doing anyway.

However it does seem to help (after the wine) when I drink water, glass for glass, before I sleep....then the swelling isnt so noticeable in the morning. My PS said alcohol was fine...the hospital even had it on the menu postop (though I didnt have any as I didnt feel like it at the time).

I think if one eats well and is in good health generally, alcohol is unlikely to have a negative effect AFTER the initial healing is done (ie op is over and the wounds are closed). As my brother says...pickling only ever preserves or cooks things.....and we arent even close to being cooked yet...both look younger than our ages...so Im guessing he's right! :lol:
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Postby chez1947 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:13 am

I had a good drink on day 12 and I go out for a drink 2 sometimes 3 times a week, I don't think it made much difference to my swelling, but as Prissy said it was the heat that caused most of it. I drink white wine and soda water (spritza). I think you will be fine having a glass or 3 but don't get legless :lol: Cheers Happy New Year :lol:
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Postby Allicsirp » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:23 am

Hahaha....Legless!! I am going to use that one, chez! So much more lady-like than getting souced, drunk, blitzed, sh**-faced, etc. :twisted:

Oops...'scuse me, goils....it's 10:30 a.m in the deep south and it's time for me and hubby to have our spicey Bloody Mary's to kick off this fine, rainy Saturday. We made need a few of these in the days to come. We are moving our 24 year old daughter home this weekend!!

Yikes...a kid at home again! Pray for me.
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Postby Bugjune » Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:03 am

Prissy, I don't even have kids, and what you say about moving the daughter home makes me laugh and shiver at once! Hope it all works out for ya!

I also got all my lipo and face work done in JULY, then returned to Reno, NV area for the hottest recovery I ever care to recall. I'd never do that again. I traveled with a cooler filled with ice packs just to run daily errands. Kinda hazardous driving 'round town with an ice pack tied to my head with a shoelace. :shock:

Enjoy that Bloody Mary - before things get hairy. Keep the "legs" on as Chez recommends. :wink:
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Postby zumbles123 » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:06 pm

Thanks everyone! I have a free stay in a hotel that is good for tonight, so we are going to go out tonight and pretend it is New Years. I will keep my "legs" on, have a couple of glasses of red wine (Mmmm) and remember to drink water also. I have been drinking water each day, and am now on day 29 post op, and feel pretty normal except for achey ears. I am so excited to go out and have a couple of drinks! I didn't know about the heat and swelling. We are going to Jamaica for a wedding on 1-12 - will being in the heat make my face swell? I plan to use Netrogena 45 block and wear a hat. I also plan to drink alcohol in the evening, tempered with water. I have stayed away from all salt since the surgery -except for the sodium in frozen foods.....This board is priceless to me - I have gotten the greatest information and feedback - it is great to come on here..... :) :? :? :? :?
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Postby julc » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:00 am

Well, I can relate to this one. When I have a drink, the next day my face feels swollen and tight. I am nearly 2 years post f/l and I have to say, I could not do without my wine with my girlfriends. Over the christmas period its been one long drink, and my face feels tight. I am guessing I have subsidual swelling still, yes, even after 2 years!! If you are not a drinker or a smoker then you will be fine. Keep it all in moderation.

People heal differently, my ps can`t understand it. Also heat makes it swell as well. I will be going into my third summer 2007, hopefully it won`t be as bad as it was the first summer, 2005.

Alcohol puffs you out anyway, drink plenty of water if you decide to have a few new year.

Good luck

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Postby ewhite723 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:18 am

Alcohol makes me blow up like a puffer fish!
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Postby zumbles123 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:40 pm

Well -I had 2 big Cabernet's last night. MMMMM My face felt and looked slightly swollen, but nothing big or out of the ordinary. I did notice my surgical scar, which is normally light, turned darker, perhaps a result of skin swelling? I am guessing here. So, when I go to Jamaica on the 12th my plan is lots of block lotsof water and moderate drinking. I have an appointment with my PS on the 4th (a 5 week instead of a 6 week checkup) so I will double check everything through him. Basically, I think I can just go and have fun! 8) :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:
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