I know smoking is bad but I'm now post op 3 weeks and 3 days breast lift and augmentation.when am I out of the clear for necrosis thank you?
Can I smoke now post op 3 weeks breast lift? (photo)
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Smoking 3 weeks after breast lift, OK?
Smoking after breast lift
Can I smoke now 3 weeks postop breast lift?
Typically, we recommend at least 6 weeks of smoking cessation prior to and at least 6 weeks after any surgical procedure. The longer, the better. Nicotine always increases the risk for infection, nipple necrosis, and wound complications, as well as other health consequences. I would discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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