Im Having Rhinoplasty in 6 Days Ive Only Just Given Up Smoking Today What Should I Do?

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I'm Having Rhinoplasty in 6 Days I've Only Just Given Up Smoking Today What Should I Do?

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      This will depend upon a number of factors including techniques to be used during rhinoplasty and number of cigarettes smoked per day prior to quitting.  Your surgeon can make a much better decision about this.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Smoking and rhinoplasty

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I have my patients stop smoking at least 3-4 weeks before rhinoplasty surgery.  Smoking increases the risk of complications significantly.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Smoking and surgery

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If it is an open rhinoplasty, I would recommend delaying the surgery.  Recommendations run from 2 to 4 weeks pre and postop. 

Quitting is good

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If you have discussed smoking cessation with your surgeon it is important you let them know you have just quit.  In most cases, 6 days may be sufficiant, although in others it may not.  If you have had previous surgery and are undergoing an open procedure, I would be more likely to postpone your surgery.  Your surgeon should be the one to make the decision for you.

Colin Pero, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

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