Hello! I am 7 weeks post rhinopasty. For a week now I've been smoking 5-8 cigarettes a day to calm me down in a stressfull period.. I've noticed inner swelling immediately, the nose seems to close up from the inside and I still can't breathe properly. Can 2-3 packs already influence the inner healing and scar tissue development? I hope I didn't damage anything permanently and of course stopped smoking..
Can Smoking 6 Weeks Post-op Still Damage Breathing Results?
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Smoking After Rhinoplasty
Unfortunately, smoking can actually impact the healing process due to its activity on the small blood vessels. However, the exact effect on swelling, scar tissue formation, and overall healing is not known at this point.
My recommendation is to stop smoking immediately. I also strongly suggest you go see your rhinoplasty surgeon for a full evaluation.