I'm having Labiaplasty reconstruction one week from today. I've been unsuccessful quitting smoking. Will this effect my surgery?
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You should ALWAYS quit smoking before any type of Plastic Surgery, including labiaplasty!
If nicotine is on board for up to 6 weeks before a surgical procedure that involves making inicisions, rearranging the tissues and healing (like a labiaplasty), then not quitting smoking puts you at increased risk of wound healing problems, infections, tissue death and increased scar tissue.
Since nicotine is the culprit, the same restrictions apply to other forms of nicotine delivery: the patch, nicotine gum, and even e-cigarrettes!
Avoid Smoking With Any Body Contouring
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Smoking and Labiaplasty
A simple cut might heal fine, but if surgery involves lifting tissue up and moving it around, then the risk is much higher of serious problems. Tissue can actually die.
Labiaplasty can be done in different ways. With a Linear Labiaplasty, the extra tissue is removed, and the remaining wound edges are sewn together. Problems healing would result in the wound falling apart. If you have a V-Wedge Labiaplasty, however, tissue is cut, moved around, and put in a new position. Smoking could result in the death of this tissue.
Make sure to tell your surgeon that you haven't stopped smoking, as this can impact your results. As I tell my own patients, I far prefer a confession from the patient than for her to feel too embarrassed to say anything and suffer the consequences.
Smoking and labiaplasty
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