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Does Cocaine Use Affect Your Surgery?

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I will not perform Rhinoplasty Surgery on patients who use cocaine.

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Even recreational cocaine use may put you at risk for rhinoplasty related complications like septal perforation, and poor cosmetic outcome. Cocaine use post-operatively may also lead to poor healing, and functional collapse of your nose. 

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Dr. Joseph


West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cocaine Use and Plastic Surgery

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Cocaine use can have a tremendous impact on plastic surgery, none of which is favorable.There is its cardiovascular effects on general anesthesia as well as its specific deleterious effects on the nasal lining should you be considering rhinoplasty. This does not mean you can not have plastic surgery but this information should not be withheld from your surgeon in your presurgical assessment.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Cocaine Use and Rhinoplasty Surgery

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Cocaine use will compromise nasal circulation and increase the risk of rhinoplasty surgery. Be sure to share your history of drug abuse with your surgeon to minimize the potential complications if you have surgery.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Increased risk of septal perforation and anesthesia complications with cocaine use

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Cocaine use greatly increases the risk of septal perforation after septorhinoplasty because it compromises the blood supply to the septum.  With chronic use it's not uncommon to develop septal perforation even without surgery.  In addition to being cardiotoxic (damaging to your heart), cocaine use can increase the risk of anesthesia complications.  

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