What is the effect of drugs and alcohol on breast enlargement surgery?

Smoking, drinking large amounts of alcohol, and/or taking recreational drugs, increases the risk of complications during and after surgery.

Our Medbelle BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeons strongly recommend that you stop smoking and using all nicotine products at least six weeks before your operation. This is because smoking reduces blood flow throughout your body which in turn slows healing times and can even increase the likelihood you develop complications like infection or necrosis.

When operating near delicate and small parts of the body like the nipples during a breast augmentation, the reduction in blood flow caused by smoking can reduce the chance that the skin heals well or even prevent this skin from ever regaining healthy blood flow at all, causing the tissue to die off and leave the area prone to infection and in a poor aesthetic state. In general, smoking increases healing times increases the likelihood of infections, and other potential health and result in damaging complications.

Drinking large amounts of alcohol before and after surgery is also discouraged by our surgeons because of its relation to overall poor health and lowered immune response. Patients who drink large amounts of alcohol before surgery also increase their risk of complications by two to three times. These risks include increased bleeding, increased likelihood of developing an infection, and possible interactions with medications given to you before or after surgery.

Recreational drugs can have a wide range of effects on the body, and can therefore impact your surgery and results in a variety of ways. This is why it is recommended you are honest with your surgeon about any drug use and follow their instruction to stop any use before your surgery and throughout aftercare.

If you have any further questions or concerns, speak to your Patient Care Adviser.

Published: November 9th, 2020