I had a Breast Reduction & I Smoked...

  • btowell
  • Dallas, TX
  • 2 years ago

This is for every women out there who smokes or used to smoke and is considering a Breast Reduction. I did my research. I knew that there were valid reasons to quit but I couldn't. I tried but it just always seemed so daunting, plus my husband was a smoker. I would quit smoking during the day but by 5 o clock i would be craving one so bad. I would give in and start all over again. Finally 4 days before my surgery I was able to kick the habit. Wow. I wasn't sure that it was enough time but after all of the research I had done, I was aware that the MAJORITY of the nicotine leaves your system in only a couple of days so I felt comfortable going forward with my surgery. Amazingly enough, my surgery went off without a hitch. I healed beautifully. Like nothing i have ever seen before, i am not even 2 weeks post op and my wounds are just about completely healed. I didnt hardly bruise and was never really in pain. After the first couple days i was back to myself, i have 2 young children, a toddler and an infant, so i didnt have the option to stay down. I have been blessed in my recovery. I just really wanted to share this story with anyone who may be in the same boat because I searched for articles or blogs on this when i was trying to quit and i never found not even 1 article. So atleast there is 1 now. Please do try to stop but if you cant, just be honest with your plastic surgeon and go for it if the risks are worth it to you. To me, the benefits FAR outweighed the risks of me being a smoker. I am not advocating for anything, I just want women to know that they are not alone. Smoking is one hell of a hard habit to kick. Best of luck to everyone!    

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I'm so stressed after reading a lot of these comments. My BR SURGERY is in 4 days and I had two smokes over the weekend and a couple of puffs throughout the last couple of weeks. Do they do a nicotine test on you first?
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I quit smoking YEARS ago. Saturday night my office had a sort of fall get together to have wine and make decorations. I drank too much wine and ended up smoking 2 cigs. 2....I had my preop appointment today for my augmentation and lift next Thursday. I decided it best to be honest. My surgeon postponed me 6 weeks. My heart is broken! I wasn't even thinking and now I've waited all this time only to wait longer. Don't risk it! Don't smoke! !
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I had my surgery done, stopped smoking a week before (but actually just cut down to one a day), and didn't give myself time to heal. I had quite a few complications, namely skin necrosis and tissue necrosis. I regret smoking now and feel rather guilty, but I am fully recovered now with no scars or any imperfections. The only down side was that I took MUCH longer to heal, and my future recovery and what they would look like was inconclusive. DON'T smoke if you can help it - everyone heals differently but it's just not the safest idea. I'm 18 and was going through exams and a breakup at the time, I thought I needed to smoke, but I needed the body change more.
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This is really good to hear, although smoking is bad. I'm a smoker as well, who is trying to kick the habit. My surgery is scheduled for January 2015 so I'm allowing myself some time to wean off along with loosing 15 lbs. Pray for me as doing both at the same time is going to he h*ll LOL.
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Lol ill be praying for ya it is tough especially doing both but you can do it! You will feel great And you'll be so happy you did! Good luck!
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I think that stopping smoking is like am amazing additional gift from your surgery, part of a whole, new, better you. I know it is tough but it will be so worth it.
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Thank you for the encouragement mfry
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On friday im getting a breast reduction. Late monday night/early tuesday morning i smoked some will everything be okay moving forward with surgery?
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Only time will tell but worrying about what you cannot change will not help with good healing. Make sure you get everything else right, like a Healthy diet
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Thank you. I've always had a problem with stress.
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Every PS is different. My PS refuses to give breast reductions until they have been smoke free for a month. He wants you to be nicotine free. Every person is going to heal differently too some people smoke right up till their surgery day some quit a week before or even days before and they heal fine. There are just risks you take by having nicotine in your system, healing could take you longer cause there's not enough oxygen coming through the skin. That also comes into play with your nipples. Which I'm sure your ps went over with you there's a small percentage that you could lose a nipple. If the surgery is that important to you you can quit. Trust me I was a smoker and HAD to quit to have this procedure done it meant more to me. If I can do it you all can do it! Why risk anything! Good luck!
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Bear in mind that people that don't smoke also deal with stress. If you rely on smoking then you never learn alternative ways to deal with it, so start looking into other coping startegies
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Yes I'm aware of other stress coping mechanisms, thank you :-).
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Thank you so much for sharing. My life has been very stressful the weeks before my BA surgery Sept 4th. I was stressed enough about how my cleaning business would run without me with the staff I had along with all the stress of size and surgery itself. I had everything lined up and then everything fell through. My BFF was going to take me and look after me for a few days; now she can't, then my dad was going to until he forgot to tell me he was going out of the country on the 1st for a week. Then I had to fire my assistant which left no one to cover my clients. Then my team leader gives me notice that he's quitting the week before my surgery! I've cut down to half a pack but surgery is only 4 days away!!!! My PS is very conservative. She wanted me to quit 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after AND expects me to take a MONTH off of work!!! Really??? Who can afford $5200 for surgery AND take a month off? Uggg
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My ps told me to quit smoking a month prior to my surgery he didn't want any nicotine in my system and if my nicotine test would have came back positive he wouldve denied me of the surgery. It plays a huge part on the healing process. I had to quit cold turkey it was so hard and then got easier but then recently after my surgery my cravings have come back my breast reduction was on August 14 and since then I have stuck with eat its been hard but all I do is eat now :( I'm slowly packing on some pounds
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I am also having BA on Sept 4th. I've been taking a couple of puffs every day or so. I agree that it is hard. I just had carpel tunnel surgery and was nothing was said about smoking. I didn't have any complications. So good luck!
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I am also having BA surgery on Sept 4th. I've been taking a couple of puffs everyday or so. I was told to stop 3weeks before and after. I just had carpel tunnel surgery in may and was not told anything about smoking. I healed just fine. I was smoking about a half a pack also. Best of luck!
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Wow! A smoker having VA on the same day! Sunday I probably smoked half a pack, yesterday only two. We'll see how today goes ... it should be an easy work day but my helper smokes. I've read that some PS allow smoking with BA as the risks are lower than with other elective surgeries. I'm doing my best and hope she doesn't cancel my surgery. Good luck to you!
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How was your surgery? I'm scheduled for October 1 and I smoke. I am quitting this weekend on September 14. I dread it. I have smoked for 30 years. God that sounds bad. Did everything go well?
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How was your surgery? I'm scheduled for October 1 and I smoke. I am quitting this weekend on September 14. I dread it. I have smoked for 30 years. God that sounds bad. Did everything go well?
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Surgery went very well. No problems waking me up and my recovery is going very smoothly. I switched PS and he said to try and stay between 6-10 a day which was very doable for me. I've smoked off and on (mostly on) for 30+ years so trying to quit was no fun ... the added stress made it impossible. I was very proud that is gone to 2 a day until the original PS made me feel like a POS failure. Obviously it's better to quit. We all know the consequences of our habits but it is was it is. Best of luck with your surgery!
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Thanks so much SWFL Mom! I have pre-op next week and surgery on the 1st. I am currently a 34 H and hoping to go to a full C. I can't wait to run up stairs and buy dresses that my breasts actually fit in. I cant wait to not feel like I have to wear big shirts just to try to make them look smaller. I'm so glad to have found this website!
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Aww you're having surgery on my birthday! I would definitely try to quit smoking since you're having a breastfeeding reduction. My 1st PS canceled me for smoking then i called my back up surgeon who said that a standard BA he would do while smoking but not with a lift, also not with lipo. I've read that BA is not as invasive with the 2 4mm incision ... also i was able to have iv sedative instead of general anesthesia. Best wishes! I too can't wait to wear cute dresses (that i don't have to stuff). Opposite problems having the same desires ... just look and feel better in any clothes we choose!
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I quit smoking July 1st 2014 to have a breast reduction because i knew of all the bad that could come from the nicotine. I just had the surgery a couple of days ago August 14...I'm healing great and was doing so well with no smoking I feel great and I'm glad I did but since my surgery my cravings have come back is it safe to have a cigarette this soon since my surgery?
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Oh please don't, please don't ever have one again. This is such a GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU.
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