Hello! Thank you for your question! The issue with nicotine is that it
also acts as a vasoconstrictor, clamping down of blood vessels. Blood
supply is always of great concern during any surgical procedure, but
especially in such a procedure as a breast augmentation where the viability of the
skin/tissue, and nipple-areolar complex is obviously important. Since the vascularity to
the area is already tenuous since it will be raised by cutting around
the area, maximizing blood flow to the tissue is critical.
we recommend at least 6 weeks of smoking cessation prior to and at
least 6 weeks after any surgical procedure. The longer, the better.
Nicotine always increases the risk for infection, nipple necrosis, poor
wound complications, as well as other health consequences including blood clots. The
anesthesia risk is greater with general anesthesia as well as pulmonary
issues/lung infections postoperatively. I would
discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Hope that this
helps! Best wishes!
Its great that you are taking personal responsibility for your part in your upcoming surgery. Presumably your doctor gave you the direction to stop smoking. Very likely he or she also told you to quit smoking 4 weeks after your procedure.
Congratulations on your decision to stop smoking. If you stay true to yourself, remaining 6 weeks smoke free should be adequate amount of time to optimally minimize your risk of having problems with ischemia and wound healing issues. That doesn't mean that you couldn't have problems, but 4-6 weeks is the recommended amount of time to minimize your risks. Best wishes.
Yeah for you - stopping smoking is the best thing you will ever do for your looks and your health!
- Six weeks before surgery will significantly reduce your risk,
- You should be able to move ahead with surgery knowing you have greatly reduced your risk,
- It takes 5 years of no smoking to bring your risks back to that of those who never smoked -
- So keep up the good work for yourself and the sake of your children. Best wishes
There is no specific guidelines for the discontinuance of smoking prior to any elective cosmetic procedure. Six weeks is probably more than enough to give you The benefits from cessation of smoking.
At my clinic, our patients must quit smoking for 1
month before surgery. Nicotine use greatly affects the healing capabilities of
the body as well as increases your risk of infection and complications. Since
you are planning to be smoke-free for 6 weeks before your planned procedure, I
would safely estimate that you will be closer to your goal of achieving a good
result. Of course, make sure to double check with your plastic surgeon to
verify this information as all clinics differ when it comes to protocols
Very hard to response via the internet. My guess is check with your surgeon first. For me there is a slim higher statistical risk to postop issues..
In general, 6 weeks is enough time prior to those surgeries.
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Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
Congratulations on stopping smoking ! Its probably the best single thing you can do for your long term health during your adult life. I tell my smoking patients to stop all nicotine consumption (including e-cigs !) 6 weeks prior to surgery and for at least 6 weeks after surgery. Nicotine directly impacts wound healing in a number of ways.
The more time away from smoking the better. In my opinion 6 weeks is enough time to be smoke free. Just as important however is not smoking after surgery. Make sure that you are not taking any other nicotine substitutes because they will affect your ability to heal as well. Additionally hyperbaric oxygen therapy post surgery can be helpful as well.
Hope this helps
Ritu Chopra MD