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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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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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Even if you stop for the 2 days before surgery and can stay stopped afterwards, it will help. You have had a lot to cope with so just take it easy.
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Thank you, I have my pre-op in morning then surgery Friday morning at 6:00. I really appreciate you taking time to talk to me. How did your scars heal?
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i have had an amazing recovery. i am not a smoker but i do undertsand how difficult it is. your BR might give you the gift of a smoke free future if it helps you to quit. a whole new you?
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Hello, its me again Neat46, due to stress from everything going on the stress of my Mom having cancer surgery, the passing of my little dog, the suicide of my ex, death of Uncle,I could not pass my pre-op exam due to blood pressure which I've never had a problem with. I had a weeks reprieve and one of my best friends of 28 years died of massive heart attack. All of this occurred starting the beginning of Feb lasting through Feb and then losing my friend first week of March. I received call yesterday that a cancelation had came in and they can do surgery next Wednesday. It is now Saturday. Still smoking!!! I have cut back but I'm terrified by the thought of horrible scars. I've never married, though I would like to one day. Anyone else with similar problems? I'm a 46 DD and want to go to a full C. I'm so tired of my neck, shoulders and back hurting all the time. I also have Fibromyalgia.
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Sometimes life is not fair, but think of this as a break you deserve. As I said before, even stopping 2 or 3 days before surgery will help and you may find that you can stay off them after the surgery. Just breath deeply into your cupped hands every time you want to smoke and start chanting all those things you want...a smaller bust, healthy healing, a relationship, a new future. Good luck with everything.
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Thank you for you reply. My surgeon is doing the bilateral BR. I'm really worried about scars. Anyone else have this method of surgery and how did the scars turn out?
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Mine are very narrow but still quite red but I am only 7 weeks post op, there are lots of pics on my review. If you can stop smoking so much more oxygen will get to your tissue and skin to aid healing
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Thank you, I'm also hoping that post op when I'm able that I can purchase the creme that aids in fading scars. Can't think of the name of it but hoping it will help. Was is very painful? Also I can't take NSAIDS which would aid in the inflammation and swelling. Will they send any pain med home to help keep me easy during healing process? I guess I'm overthinking everything right now, now that its upon me. Also, what type of bra should I purchase for afterwards?
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Hi, are you in the USA or the UK? Most people have a straightforward experience and very little real pain. I stopped taking anything 28 hrs after surgery. What you are given will depend on how they do things at your surgery centre. Post op I recommend a soft front opening bra one band size larger than you normally take to allow for swelling, and bromeliad tablets taken between meals to reduce the swelling. Just make sure that for the first 2 weeks you do very little, especially no lifting, stretching or pulling. Good to get some help around the house or at least arrange to have everything you are going to need within easy reach. Good luck, it is natural to feel a little anxious
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US
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Just wondering how your scars look? I am booked to have a reduction on oct 2nd. I aswell have two young children and am worried that I won't be able to care for them. I just quit smoking yesterday so I am hoping that will be enough time!! :/ also what kind of procedure did you have? Anchor or lollypop?
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I had the Anchor procedure, My scars are invisible now. I had no complications besides a few spitting stitiches which is totally normal and only comes from your body not being able to absorb them all. I just pulled them out with no issues at all. I can say hands down, that was the best decision of my life. It has greatly imnproved how i feel and look at myself. I was perfectly able to care for my two daughters, One was 6 months and the other was 2 1/2. The first 2 days I was extremely tired and slept most of the time. After that, I was really okay. After the first 2 days i was doing laundry and cooking and taking care of my family. Trust your body, you will know what you can and cant do. I smoked right up until my surgery and began smoking again around 3 weeks post op i believe. The only issue i have ever had was finding a bra that was comfortable. I am almost 2 years post op and i cannot stand wearing underwire bras, but lets face it, i dont really have a need for an underwire bra these days. I like the soft bras and stretchy bras, they are perfect, I do not require any support per-se, I just like to feel a little more covered up. Congrats on your decision, you will not regret it!!! Please feel free to let me know if you have any qustions, id be more than happy to help!
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I was faced with the same dilema, quit smoking or no surgery. I was wanting a tummy tuck but didn't want to risk dead or dying flesh..lol. I quit 5 weeks before that surgery. I've been smoke free since June 25, 2012. My triggers were the car, the back porch in the morning with coffee and on the boat fishing. In the car I substituted popcorn, eating one kernal at time. I have a 45 minute commute, so I stretched that popcorn out as long as possible. Whenever the cravings got really bad while sitting on the back porch, I would get up and go for a walk taking deep breaths. I still walk 40 minutes every morning. While on the fishing boat I would take jaw breakers and pop one in whenever the craving reared up. Cravings are very short, if you can get through one you'll outsmart them. Think of them as a nasty monster and nicotine is his food. I get an inner satisfaction from starving the monster. The monster is still in my belly, but too weak to harrass me right now. But all it would take is a little of his "food" and he'd be strong enough to attack again. These are the mind games I play with my self. Silly yes, but it's worked up to this point.
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Thanks for posting that comment! I'm due to have surgery in Thailand on the 15th Dec & got patches from the Doc today! I also enjoy smoking, & i'm determined to lose another half stone before the op, but worried it'll never happen if i stop. That's great that your scars are healing well :) That's a big concern for me. I'm a 36F going to a C....i just joined this site today & posted my blog, but don't know my way around here yet! x
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Yeah I stopped 4 days ago but I am more worried about after surgery because right know I am keeping myself very busy but when I am recovering I think I will struggle xx BR is the 21st nov xx
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@niniScotland2475 - I was worried about smoking after my BR the most, but for the first few days afterwards, you will be on fair amount of pain meds and only want to sleep/lay down, so its much easier than you think. By the time that you are feeling well enough to want to smoke, you will have quit for a few weeks and most likely will not crave it at that point.
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fingers crossed lol x
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