The specific risks and suitability of these procedures for each
individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All
surgical procedures have some degree of risk.
Smoking increases risks for most surgeries. Stopping 4 weeks before is always best.
Minor complications that do
not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
These can include infection, bleeding, (hematoma) , separation of the incision,
changes in sensation , pain, increased sensitivity, unsatisfactory cosmetic
Smoking increases the risk of impaired wound healing and wound infection with any type of surgery. The largest studies show that quitting for at least 4 weeks reduces the risk of wound infection only, but not other wound healing problems. The effects of smoking on labiaplasty specifically have not been studied, but I would recommend a 4 week interval before surgery.
Your recovery can be compromised if you smoke, as wounds tend to heal more slowly and the risk of infection is higher. I suggest you ask your surgeon about their advice as I generally advise patients stop for at least 4 weeks prior to their surgery.
Wound healing is impaired with smoking. Speak to your surgeon to discuss whether the surgery should be postponed until about 2 to 3 weeks after smoking cessation. In our office, we suggest that patients optimize their health before surgery.
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
you for your question!I tell all of my
surgery patients to stop smoking at least two to four weeks before surgery, and
to avoid smoking indefinitely but wait at least four weeks after surgery if
they decide to resume.This equates to at
least 6 weeks without smoking.Smoking
can severely affect the body’s healing capability.Smoking close to your time of surgery can
lessen the oxygen supply to your heart, increase the risk of blood clots,
increase your risk of infection, and reduce the effectiveness of certain drugs
your doctor may prescribe to you.
vary with what is done but the smoke diminishes the oxygen to the tissues needed to heal and the nicotine will constrict vessels further diminishing blood flow to the healing site. In well vascularized tissues such as the labia, it is not anticipated to be a serious problem but when you can maximize your potential for healing, you should do that. From my standpoint, I am more worried about the coughing that can happen after and the increased risks for bleeding that may require more surgery to correct or result in a large hematoma that delays healing. So stopping smoking prior to surgery is always a good thing.
It is very important that you contact your surgeon advise the doctor that you have continued smoking up to 1 week before your procedure.
Generally speaking it takes about 5 weeks for the effects of nicotine in your blood to disappear after stopping smoking.
Smoking interferes with the blood supply to your tissues and can create difficulties with wound healing.