Btw, my breast still swelling so I can't see the different if it is CC or swollen still. I will stop smoking now and start to do more massaging. Does it help to prevent the implant to grow harder? What should I do? Please advise!
I Had my BA Done 2 Weeks Ago. And I Have Started to Smoke a Few Days Ago.Will It Cause Capsular Contracture?
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Smoking and BA
Here is the reason why: the nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products (including Nicorette gum, patches, etc) is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it makes the Smoking is a significant multiplier of many potential complications following surgery and breast augmentation with implants are no exception. Nicotine from smoking causes blood vessels to vasoconstrict ( tighten up). Over time, these constricted arteries and capillaries deliver less blood to the breast tissue which is needed for normal healing. Smokers therefore have an increased incidence of higher likelihood of complications such as infection, and in particular capsular contracture (hardening and distortion of the implants). General complications of surgery such as blood clots, anesthetic problems such as pneumonia are also increased.
A scientific article in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicated that, among all forms of surgery, quitting smoking eight weeks prior was never associated with an increased risk of complications.
In young patients you will probably statistically avoid these complications, why tempt fate by increasing your odds that something bad will happen.On a long term basis, smoking also causes accelerated aging of the skin and loss of elasticity. Hopefully these reasons will help give you the will power and courage to stop smoking.
Smoking and breast augmentation
I had my BA done 2 weeks ago. And I have started to smoke a few days ago. Will it cause capsular contracture?
Typically, we recommend at least 6 weeks of smoking cessation prior to and at least 6 weeks after any surgical procedure. The longer, the better. Nicotine always increases the risk for infection, nipple necrosis, poor scarring, and wound complications, as well as other health consequences including blood clots. The anesthesia risk is greater with general anesthesia as well as pulmonary issues/lung infections postoperatively. I would discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. There is no literature to support smoking and capsular contracture. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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Smoking can interfere with healing after breast augmentation
Thank you for your question. I do not believe there is any hard evidence that smoking will cause capsular contraction. However smoking does interfere with blood supply and good blood supply is necessary for adequate healing after breast augmentation. I complement you and your decision to quit smoking
Smoking and healing
We know that smoking can negatively impact healing. I am not sure that there is any data that states it impacts capsule contracture. Capsule contracture occurs months-to-years after a breast augmentation so it is still early for that to happen for you.
All the best,
Smoking and capsular contracture
There is no scientific relationship between postoperative smoking and the development of Contractures. While smoking in general is not ideal for wound healing, it honestly plays a very small role with a routine breast augmentation. If you have recovered well so far, smoking probably will play little role in the eventual outcome of your surgery. Good luck
Smoking and breast capsular contracture
There is no medical evidence that smoking will cause capsular contracture, but it does have other negatives as you likely already know. As to a capsular contracture this soon after surgery, it is doubtful. It will take about 6 weeks for collagen to be laid down and even begin maturing into a scar for a capsular contracture to form. In your case they are likely still firm due to swelling which should be markedly better in the next 4-6 weeks.
Breast augmentation and smoking
I know of no scientific literature stating that smoking causes capsular contracture after breast augmentation.
In general, it is best to take the best care of yourself possible after surgery to promote healing. Eat healthy and sleep well. Avoid heavy exercise until instructed by your doctor.
Smoking is certainly not good for healing after surgery, but with respect to your question, no, smoking has not been cited as a cause for capsular contracture after routine breast augmentation.
Smoking and capsular contracture
The literature has not demonstrated a connection between smoking and capsular contracture. However, smoking negatively affects wound healing and scarring. Some patients use the respite from smoking in the immediate postop period as the impetus to stop smoking.
Capsular Contracture and Smoking
Thank you for the question.
I am not aware of any scientific literature that shows a causative link between smoking and capsular contracture. However, the use of nicotine will not be helpful in the postoperative period in regards to wound healing and/or pulmonary function.
May be you can use this opportunity to stop smoking for good?
I hope this helps.
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