How soon after Rhinoplasty is it safe to start smoking again without affecting the healing process or causing any complications?
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Not goood for healing
Smoking and rhinoplasty don't mix.
Frankly smoking is just plain bad as everyone now knows. It will have a negative effect on healing. It doesn't matter if its a hang nail procedure or micro vascular surgery. However that said, in the great majority of rhinoplasties, it won't make a clinically significant difference. You should still quit.
Smoking after Rhinoplasty
I will never condone smoking at anytime. Nicotine will compromise micro-vascular circulation and delay healing after rhinplasty. I suggest abstaining for several months, but then you might as well stop smoking. Good luck.
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Smoking after rhinoplasty?
Question: Smoking after rhinoplasty?
Answer: There is no specific answer regarding when it is safe to smoke after rhinoplasty.
Most likely, your nose will not suffer any drastic complications because of your
smoking. However, smoking is never safe. Chances are, smoking will ultimately
reduce your quality of life and, statistically, it will most likely shorten your life.
No ethical conscientious doctor would use the word safe and smoking in the
Smoking after rhinoplasty
I hope you will consider stopping smoking forever! Cigarettes, in addition to having hundreds of harmful chemicals, contain nicotine, a powerful vasoconstrictor. Thus the nicotine "chokes" the blood vessels in your entire body...from the tiniest vessels in your brain to the smallest vessels to your skin. If you want to age faster and die younger, continue smoking!
Having said that, the minimum amount of time to refrain from smoking after surgery is 4 weeks.
Smoking and Cosmetic Surgery
There is no "Safe Smoking". It all depends on just how much risk you are willing to assume. Since nicotine intake by any form is associated with a fall in the blood flow through the skin, among other deleterious side effects, it can cause skin death and wound separation or scar widening. This is commonly seen in certain operations such as Face lifts and Tummy Tucks. Many surgeons arbitrarily recommend a nicotine free period 4 weeks before and after surgery to LOWER (not eliminate) such risks.
Dr. Peter A. Aldea
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