E-Cigarettes and Plastic Surgery

I have seen that smoking before and after plastic surgery can impact healing, and most surgeons won't even operate on smokers. Does this include the new electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)?

Doctor Answers (2)

E-cigarettes and surgery

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If the e-cigarette has nicotine, then it is still not good for you and would increase your risks for complications.


Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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E-Cigarettes OK As Long As No Nicotine

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I believe that the E-Cigarettes do not have any sort of nicotine products at all, and that it is more for the oral fixation of smoking then any inhallational effect.  However, I would double check with the manufacturers label, since any nicotine product constricts your capillaries and makes it harder for a patient to heal after surgery.

Christopher V. Pelletiere, MD
Barrington Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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