Smoking Marijuana Two weeks post OP Brazilian Butt Lift? Harmful?

I smoked marijuana two weeks post OP Brazilian Butt lift, is there any real damage? Not just in case but is it proven that it will affect the fat survival or its unknown? I just want to make sure because I have smoked marijuana already being 2 weeks post OP.

Doctor Answers 4

Smoking before surgery

Most experts unanimously agree that smoking increases the rate of BBL surgical complications significantly. Just about all plastic surgeons strongly recommend women to stop smoking and all nicotine products well in advance of breast augmentation with breast implants. Many plastic surgeons recommend stopping all tobacco products several months prior to surgery.
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 Marijuana Two weeks post OP Brazilian Butt Lift? Harmful?

I would not recommend it.  You should always contact your surgeon about preoperative and postoperative instructions and concerns.  Surgery and the recovery period is a complex interaction of what was performed and how your body reacts.  There are not going to be easy answers to this online, because there is not enough known to make an intelligent recommendation.  I make myself available to my patients  by email and phone both before and after surgery for this very reason.  This does answer the question.  

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Smoking Marijuana Two weeks post OP Brazilian Butt Lift? Harmful?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. Of course it is. Smoking too soon before surgery can cause skin necrosis and bad healing of the wounds. Because of the lack of oxygen in your skin and body, you can have serious complications also into the OR with the breathing. i suggest you to see a neurologist before surgery. 

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 362 reviews

Marijuana and Wound Healing

Bottom line...we don't know. Consider this though...you've spent a lot of money for a cosmetic body improvement. Why potentially jeopardize your result? None of us would recommend tobacco smoking after surgery based on our understanding of how nicotine affects surgical outcomes. It stands to reason that none of us would recommend marijuana use after surgery despite a lack of documented research studies analyzing the same. Best bet...follow tobacco guidelines and remain smoke free for at least 4 weeks postop. 

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