Can Brick Oven Smoke Affect Rhinoplasty Healing Process?

I was just curious i work in a restaurant that has a brick oven and at times the oven can get backed up and smoke up can this effect my nose ?

Doctor Answers 6

Oven Smoke After Rhinoplasty

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Hi Rino F-

Overall smoke from a brick oven will not be a problem after rhinoplasty. The smoke may cause some increased nasal crusting, but this can be helped by spraying salt water nose spray. Be sure to check with your surgeon if you have any questions.


Tom Kaniff

Sacramento Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Rhinoplasty and smoke

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Although cigarette smoking can affect healing, it is due to the constrictive effects of nicotine on the blood vessels.  The additional inflammation that happens from the smoke itself that bathes the skin inside the nose can cause further swelling leading to problems breathing.  It sounds like the exposure happens occasionally, and shouldn't really affect the permanent results. 

Nima Shemirani, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 85 reviews

Rhinoplasty Healing and Oven Smoke

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Generally speaking, smoke from the brick oven at work should not adversely affect the result of your nasal surgery, provided that you stay out of work for the length of time recommended by your surgeon.  Be sure to keep your nasal passages moist with saline spray frequently for several weeks after surgery!

James Bartels, MD
Manchester Facial Plastic Surgeon

Brick Oven Smoke after Rhinoplasty

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The occasional exposure to smoke will not affect your rhinoplasty results other than possibly prolonging the healing process. Don't be concerned and don't give up your job in this economy.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Rhinoplasty and healing effects

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Interesting question. Cigarette smoking definitely affects healing.  In some regions of the body, healing complication risks are significantly elevated with cigarette smoking.  In the face, the blood supply is so robust that the ill effects of cigarette smoking are not often apparent.  A good blood supply is critical to healing.  Smoking destroys this, but it is more of an issue with abdominoplasty and other procedures than it is with rhinoplasty.  Brick oven smoke is very unlikely to affect your results. I would guess that your actual inhalation of this smoke is minimal.  To know with a greater degree of certainty would require a randomized blinded study exposing rhinoplasty patients to brick oven smoke and others to no smoke.  This never has been done, and probably won't be. 

Jason Hess, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Brick Oven Smoke

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The smoke may affect healing if it is causing irritation. You should certainly try to limit your exposure for at least the first year following your procedure.

Elliot M. Heller, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

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