Smoking and Plastic Surgery: Complications and Smoking Cessation
Tobacco emits dozens of known chemicals while burning. Nicotine, among others, is a potent vasoconstrictor to the blood vessels. In other words, the blood vessels spasm when they are exposed to nicotine, whether through cigarettes or chewable nicotine.
This becomes important in plastic surgery when we have to rely on the blood vessels to feed the skin and tissue after an incision is made. If the blood vessels are in spasm, they will not provide enough blood to supply the tissues, hence...