This will depend upon a number of factors including techniques to be used during rhinoplasty and number of cigarettes smoked per day prior to quitting. Your surgeon can make a much better decision about this. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Im Having Rhinoplasty in 6 Days Ive Only Just Given Up Smoking Today What Should I Do?
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Smoking and rhinoplasty
I have my patients stop smoking at least 3-4 weeks before rhinoplasty surgery. Smoking increases the risk of complications significantly.
Smoking and surgery
If it is an open rhinoplasty, I would recommend delaying the surgery. Recommendations run from 2 to 4 weeks pre and postop.
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Quitting is good
If you have discussed smoking cessation with your surgeon it is important you let them know you have just quit. In most cases, 6 days may be sufficiant, although in others it may not. If you have had previous surgery and are undergoing an open procedure, I would be more likely to postpone your surgery. Your surgeon should be the one to make the decision for you.
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