What are the effects of smoking, drugs, and alcohol on neck lift surgery?
We advise you to stop smoking for at least 6 weeks before your neck lift surgery. You should also restrict your alcohol intake before surgery as this can affect the outcome of the surgery. Smoking and drinking will increase the likelihood of complications occurring during and after your neck lift. Tobacco, in particular, can delay the time it takes for your wounds to heal, therefore making them more prone to infection.
If you take regular medications such as ibuprofen, vitamin E and certain herbal supplements, you may need to stop taking some of these prior to surgery. This is because they have blood-thinning properties and can increase your risk of bleeding during surgery. If necessary your surgeon will discuss any medications in more detail with you during the consultation.