How Long Do You Have to Wait to Smoke Again After Having VASER Lipo?

I am not a chain smoker and I never ever drink. But roommates smoke and our friends do also. Will being around the smoke impact my results? And also, I do smoke sometimes. How long do I have to wait to smoke again? They say 2 weeks, is that okay? Or should it be longer? THANKS so much for your responses. And yes...I already know smoking is awful for you.

Doctor Answers 4

Smoking and It's Affect on Surgical Healing

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Smoking may affect your #healing and the end result of your surgery. It's best to call your plastic #surgeon to better clarify. It is encouraged to refrain from cigarettes prior surgery and post op in order decrease the chance of complications and promote better healing. Therefore, the farther in advance prior surgery and the more time after the procedure, you can avoid #smoking, the better it may be for your surgical #outcomes and your overall #health. It's also very 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. After all, you're investing in this cosmetic procedure and it only makes sense to continue investing in your well being as a whole. 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. 

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Vaser liposelection and smoking

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I recommend 2 weeks prior to surgery stop smoking and 2 weeks after surgery. Vaser liposelection can be done under oral sedation, iv sedation or general anesthesia. Usually for larger volumes I use general anesthesia and the anesthesiologist also recommends not smoking for 2 weeks before and after surgery. If you are smoking less than 1/2 a pack a day the resluts should not be greatly impacted but it is better not to smoke as we know the complications are higher in patients that smoke or are around alot of second hand smoke.

W. John Bull, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Vaser Lipo

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The first two weeks are the most critical.  If you can wait for the first 3-4 weeks, this will be better. Thank you for your question and good luck.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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No Smoking

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After a VASER liposuction procedure, you will want to discontinue smoking for at least a week.

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