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Plastic Surgery and Alcohol Addiction

Plastic surgery patients should abstain from drinking alcohol two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks following surgery. Drinking alcohol too soon before or after cosmetic surgery puts patients at risk for the following complications:

  • Widened blood vessels, which may cause increased swelling
  • Thinned blood, which leads to a risk of post-op bleeding and a longer recovery time
  • Dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications, such as painkillers

If a plastic surgery candidate is unable to abstain from alcohol due to alcohol addiction, he or she should pursue addiction treatment before having plastic surgery.

Alcoholism and Self-Esteem Problems

In some cases, heavy drinking is related to low self-esteem or thinking of oneself in an extremely negative way. Those who suffer from low self-esteem may have trouble coping with the problems of day-to-day life and may turn to alcohol for comfort or to fill an emotional void. Alcohol addiction treatment can help alcoholics resolve self-esteem problems and successfully recover from alcoholism. Alcohol addiction treatment teaches that self-acceptance is the key to a healthy self-esteem and that no amount of alcohol can solve a person’s problems.

Plastic Surgery and Self-Esteem Problems

Oftentimes, a person’s desire for plastic surgery is due to underlying emotional issues that have little to do with physical appearance. These underlying issues may contribute to low self-esteem. Those who suffer from alcoholism and who are considering plastic surgery should seek help before making a final decision. After completing an alcohol addiction treatment program, a person who was strongly considering plastic surgery may change his or her mind.

What Happens in Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

Alcohol addiction treatment includes detoxification, counseling, and aftercare. Detoxification is the medically supervised discontinuation of alcohol use. Detox is medically supervised due to possible withdrawal symptoms, such hallucinations, delirium tremens (DT), and seizures. After detox, patients attend individual and group counseling sessions in an inpatient or outpatient setting. Some patients who need to continue working or caring for family while attending treatment may prefer an outpatient program. However, for those who suffer from severe cases of alcoholism, inpatient treatment is ideal. At the end of treatment, patients maintain sobriety with an aftercare plan. Aftercare often includes support group meetings and meetings with a sponsor. Aftercare is designed for the maintenance of sobriety.

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