I am 1 week pre-op and yesterday I smoked a blunt- marijuana wrapped in a tobacco leaf. I've stayed away from tobacco for 2 weeks pre-op (I was a very light smoker, anyway). Would this one slip effect the surgery very much? I'm 18 and healthy otherwise.
Smoking a Little Bit a Week Before Closed Rhinoplasty?
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Smoking is strictly prohibited in cases where flaps are raised such as facelifts and MOHS reconstruction with flaps. Open Rhinoplasty also places the columella skin at greater risk in smokers. But the nose is very vascular and usually its not an issue. Just talk to your doctor and make sure he knows all the facts.
Will any tobacco smoke or smoking cause problems or interfere with results of surgery
Any smoking can effect surgery in the 4 weeks prior to the procedure. Will it effect your particular procedure specifically. It will likely compromise some blood supply and it may interfere with your recovery from anesthetics but ut us impossible to know if it will cause you to have a complication. That is similar to predicting if someone will get into an accident after they have two alcoholic drinks and then get into a car. You know their driving will be impaired but they may not necessarily get into an crash.
Smoking before Rhinoplasty Surgery
I will never condone smoking, but this one "slip" 2 weeks before rhinoplasty surgery should not cause problems, especially in a young healthy individual. Knowing that most smokers use tobacco more than they admit , don't have more "slips" which could delay healing after surgery.
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