Cigarette smoking before BA - I was wondering if anyone actually smoked through until their surgery.
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Harvard Educated, Beverly Hills & Miami Beach Trained, Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Smoking and surgery
Breast augmentation and smoking
Thanks for your question. There is no right or wrong answer. It is great that you stopped smoking and hopefully will continue. Smoking is associated with increased as you already know. If you have the surgery and everything comes out well....no love lost. If you are one of the few patients that end up with a capsular contraction, then you will always wonder if it was brought on by smoking and it would drive you crazy. So you have a decision to make on your own.
If you feel you are going to question yourself later, then postpone your procedure. If not, go for it.
Consult you Plastic Surgeon to address your fears. Either way, best of luck with your upcoming surgery.
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Breast Augmentation - Smoking?
The negative effects of Nicotine on healing and complication risks are serious. In my practice, we recommend that patients stop smoking four weeks prior to their aesthetic surgery. This is particularly critical with respect to procedures that involve manipulating the blood flow to tissues: facelifts, tummy tucks breast lift and breast reduction. We feel so strongly about this that we recommend you do not proceed with the above surgeries if you can’t stop smoking for the recommended four weeks. It’s just not worth it. I recommend that you speak with your Plastic Surgeon about risks and help for quitting that they may be able to offer you.
All the best
Smoking and elective plastic surgery
In my practice, I don't offer elective procedures to anyone with nicotine exposure of any kind. The excepted time frame for nicotine cessation is 6 weeks prior to surgery. You're surgeon should have reviewed these risks with you and discussed timing of surgery with nicotine cessation. My recommendation would be to reach out to the office, explain that you're a smoker and wish to delay your procedure for 6 weeks. I know it may seem unthinkable to do so at this point, but poor healing, bad scarring, capsular contracture, loss of an areola from vascular compromise or total implant loss would be a far greater upset and expense than delaying your surgery a few weeks.
Best of luck to you.
Smoking and surgery healing
I know of no evidence that smoking creates scar capsules, however bleeding post op from coughing, can c ause capsular contracture;\
My advice is to top smoking several weeks before surgery for both lung benefits post anesthesia,and to allow normal wound healing to progeress.
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