Did smoking pre/post op hurt the healing process?
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Smoking before surgery
The risks and effects of smoking prior to and during recovery after plastic surgery are significant. Smoking — specifically nicotine and carbon monoxide — impedes the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to tissues. As a result, the healing process after plastic surgery is negatively affected. Healing after plastic surgery has a significant effect on the quality of your result. See the below link for more information.
Smoking significantly impairs wound healing and increase the rate of complications such as infection and bleeding . It is advisable to stop 2 weeks before at least and a full 2 weeks afterwards. The fact you are asking this question suggests you have been told it is not wise and can cause you issues - more complication and more costs .
Smoking and cosmetic surgery
Your pain in right breast is probably not from smoking. Relax. One breast always hurt more than another after surgery (usually your dominant side because you use that side more and the muscle is generally thicker).With that said, smoking is never good for healing. However, this becomes more important with procedures such as breast lift, tummy tuck or face lift. Talk with your surgeon if your pain persists. Good luck.
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Thank you for your question. In our practice we advise our patients to cease smoking and the use of any nicotine products for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery and to continue to avoid smoking or any nicotine products for a minimum of 4 weeks after surgery. Smoking increases every risk of surgery including bleeding, bruising, infection and scar formation.
With kind regards,
Lane F. Smith, M.D., F.A.A.C.S., F.A.O.H.N.S., F.A.B.F.P.R.S.
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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