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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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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I know it is and thanks for the motivation but it is so hard I don't know why all of a sudden I want one I don't know if silts because the surgery is done and over with I know I haven't tanned or have had a drink of any type of alcohol since July 1st as well and it was really hard to just quit everything at once and I've gained 15lbs since I quit smoking because all I wanna do is eat..I'm just kind of moody and irritable lately and I don't know what to do about it.
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Thank you so much for sharing. .. it is such a hard habit to kick... I will stop... I am 6 days before surgery and was worried
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Stopping now will make a big difference, i know it is incredibly hard but you have a great incentive. If you can stop forever this will be such a gift to you, new boobs, a healthy new you and a financial saving. Good luck
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i have surgery on wedenday the 6th of august my last smooke was this morning if I dont continue to smoke do you think that I will be okay to go to surgery?
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Well done and keep going, stopping a week before surgery and staying stopped improves your chances of healing weill
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Does anyone know if you can be on nicotine patches prior to surgery, or do you have to be 100% nicotine free?
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You would be better to be nicotine free, this is a great opportunity to quit for good.
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doesn't make any difference at all, the nicotine is why a patient should stop smoking - it is what slows down recovery and increases complications.
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Thanks for sharing .. Just had BR 3 days back feeling good but anxious about the scars after the bandage opens
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look at plenty of reviews, it is all about realistic expectations and understanding what is normal at each stage of healing. nobody with access to sites like this should find the first look too much of a shock although it is always different when it is your own body you are looking at.
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I quit dec. 1 & had my reduction on March 12. I'm 56 & had been smoking since I was 15. For some reason, I must of wanted the BR more than a cigarette. I had no problems quitting. First time ever. No issues. Now with the surgery, I had a difficult time keeping my oxygen levels up. I'm using that plastic breathing apparatus several times a day.
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I think that if you quit smoking or lose weight in order to have a BR then it is the most wonderful gift to you. A new life. Well done, it is not easy but for you, the balance shifted in favour of stopping. Stay with it.
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I had quit smoking 3 weeks prior, but my little dog died that I hah for 14 years so I started back. The following week the man Ive loved since I was 15 committed suicide, the very next week my Uncle died. So now I'm 2 days away from surgery. Help!! Will it take longer to heal, will my scars be horrible? I'm so scared.
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