The Effects of Smoking & Drinking on Surgery

Can drinking alcohol cause my nose to swell after a rhinoplasty?

Drinking alcohol can have several effects on the body. It drains the body of fluid and can cause excess wrinkling of the skin and a deflated look. The flip side also is that usually with alcohol consumption is consumption of salty foods, especially late at night, and the salt in the food can cause swelling to happen all over, including the nose. If you have previously had surgery on the nose, then the swelling with stick around even longer. So it is best to avoid excessive drinking, or if you do drink, expect that your nose will swell just a little bit.

Can I smoke cigarettes before and after my rhinoplasty?

It is not a good idea to smoke before a rhinoplasty and especially afterwards. Cigarette smoke contains nicotine, which constricts blood vessels and can slow down the healing process. In addition, it makes you more at risk for surgery because when you are put to sleep, you need oxygen to help you breathe. Cigarette smoke is known to have harmful effects on the lungs, especially right after smoking. In addition, afterwards, if you continue to smoke, the swelling will be prolonged, especially inside the nose where the tobacco smoke can cause increased swelling and therefore lead to trouble breathing.

Can smoking affect my rhinoplasty results, even years afterwards?

Cigarette smoke does have inflammatory molecules in it, which can cause swelling on the inside of your nose. If you have had a previous rhinoplasty, especially an open rhinoplasty, the swelling can stick around a little bit longer and even spread to the outside of the nose. Usually these changes are very minor and are only noticeable to the person who had the procedure. Nonetheless, it is always a good idea to avoid smoking before and after surgery.