I am a smoker and would like to know how long in advance do I need to quit before surgery.
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Smoking and Facial Surgery
The best candidates for Lite Lift™ surgery have a face and neck line beginning to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bone structure is well defined and do not smoke Additionally, smoking may increase a chance of surgical complications and affect your #healing and the end result of your surgery. It's best to call your plastic #surgeon to better clarify. It's important to implement healthy lifestyle choices to not only prolong your surgical results, but most importantly, to reduce your risk of illness and disease which will impact your health. If you find it difficult to quit #smoking, speak to your physician who can provide information and programs that are properly designed to help you quit.
Abstain from smoking for better healing
Hi Lacipoo, Thank you for your question. Smoking can dramatically increase complications within surgery and the healing process so we advise our patients to abstain from smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to any surgery. With each passing smoke-free day your overall risk of complications lessens. The earlier you can quit smoking prior to surgery, the better. Even 12 hours prior to surgery, patients have noticed a difference when abstaining from smoking. The ideal period is 8 weeks prior to surgery and quitting smoking for this long will have dramatic effects on your health and recovery. We also advice to continue to abstain after surgery to aid in the healing process.
Thank you for your question and concern. I typically ask patients to quit 1 month prior to surgery. However, I have had patients who just can't quit. I have a serious sitdown talk with them letting them know the risk they take by continuing to smoke. The inherent risk is skin tissue loss after the surgery. This is because smoking reduces the amount of blood vessels to the skin and when one does a facelift, you're already lifting the skin and devitalizing the blood vessels already. There are some surgeons out there who will never operate on someone who smokes. However, I have operated on these patients and typically not as aggressive and more conservative with good results. Hope this helps!
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I like for patients to be off of any form of nicotine for at least one month before and one month after surgery. That means no patches or gum within a month of surgery. Those products can certainly be used to help you quit, but will need to be discontinued a month before surgery. It is certainly worth the effort to quit. I refuse to operate on active smokers for facelift surgery. I have seen patients that were operated on by another surgeon while actively smoking and they had significant skin death on their cheeks. That resulted in permanent scarring and can be disfiguring. Take the time to quit and no amount of nicotine is safe so don't cheat.
Smoking and surgery
You should quit smoking for at least 3 months before surgery to optimize the chances of your being able to stay away from smoking for 6 weeks after surgery, to be conservative.
Facelift and smoking
A smoker and would like to know how long in advance do I need to quit before surgery.
My most popular facelift is the minimally invasive, short incision facelift that has all the benefits of more invasive facelifts (traditional, mid-face, deep plane, cheek lift and subperiosteal facelifts) but with these added benefits:
- very small incisions
- minimal tissue dissection = less bruising and swelling = rapid recovery ( several days instead of weeks or months with the more invasive type facelifts mentioned)
- can be performed in 90 minutes or less, with or without general anesthesia
- no incisions within the hair = no hair loss
- excess fat can be removed
- excess skin removed
- cheeks, chin and jaw line can be augmented with dermal fillers (I prefer Restylane Lyft) or facial implants
- most patients fly back home to parts all over the world in as little as 3 days post-op
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