Please dear doctors I am losing sleep over this and really need professional answers to this question: 1 month ago I had revision rhinoplasty and the doctor used irridated rib cartilage grafts to make my nose bigger. My specific question is can SMOKING 2 WEEKS post-op make the grafts disappear or shrink in size?
Can Smoking After Rib Cartilage Rhinoplasty Make the Grafts Disappear or Shrink?
Doctor Answers (3)
Smoking is not good for survival of any kind of graft. Irradiated rib cartilage can resorb (go away) over time in both non-smokers and smokers
Web reference: http://www.seattlerhinoplasty.com/html/index.php
Smoking after Revision Rhinoplasty
I will never condone smoking after any surgical procedure. Circulation, which is critical to the survival of any graft including irradiated rib cartilage, will be compromised with smoking. It is impossible to determine if this will alter your final result. I know it is difficult, but I strongly suggest you stop or at least decrease the nicotine exposure after investing so much time and money in your rhinoplasty surgeries.
Effect of Smoking on the longevity of irradiated Rib Cartilage in the nose
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