By the time I will have a tummy tuck/breast lift, I will be almost smoke-free for a month. I smoke 1-2 cigarettes per WEEK. Are my risks similar to that of a non-smoker since I smoke so rarely, or am I still at an increased risk? I'm most concerned with necrosis...
Is It Safe to Having Cosmetic Surgery if You Smoke Rarely?
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Smoking before surgery
Thank you for your question. It is super important to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery. Not only is there the risk of cancer and heart attack, you can also have problems healing after the surgery. This can lead to possible infection as well. It is best to stop overall if you can. Otherwise, quitting 6 weeks before operation is normal. Best of luck!
Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified
Cosmetic surgery and smokiing
Is it safe to have cosmetic surgery if you smoke rarely?
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, poor scarring, and wound complications, as well as other health consequences including blood clots. The anesthesia risk is greater with general anesthesia as well as pulmonary issues/lung infections postoperatively. I would discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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Smoking and Elective Cosmetic Surgery
Remember this is elective cosmetic surgery. In addition to medical risk, there is a financial risk. You want to minimize both of these. Wound complications can add weeks to months of recovery time. With a combined breast lift and tummy tuck, i would take every precaution to minimize your chance of wound healing issues. I would recommend having time on your side and waiting a full 6 weeks before surgery and at least 1 month after surgery. You will still carry a higher risk than a non smoker, but this length of time can substantially decrease your risk of problems. I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.
Smoking and cosmetic surgery Mastopexy
Smoking increass of having complications with any type of surgery. Smoking causes vascular constriction which decreases the blood supply to tissues including skin flaps in the heart. Smoking also causes long-term damage to the blood vessels.
When you stop smoking for 3 or 4 weeks prior to surgery you can get a reversal of the vessel constriction. The long-term damage cigarettes cause will still be present. Smoking a single cigarette will cause the blood vessels constriction and decreased blood supply to the tissue including the heart and skin. This effect will last for 2 more weeks after single cigarette.
It is always safer for you not to smoke in all prior to surgery.
Safety in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery #mommymakeover, #tummytuck, #breastlift, #breastaugmentation
For optimal results in surgery- it is best not to smoke..... and !!!! for your skin and health it is best not to smoke! Smoking does not preclude you from being a surgical candidate but it does increase your risk of recovery delay and compications!
With Warm Regards,
Trevor M Born MD
Smoking does not fit well with many Plastic Surgeries
Tummy Tucks, Breast Lifts, Facelifts and smoking are MISFITS.
Even an ex-smoker has higher risks compared to a non-smoker.
Personally, I am comfortable operating after 4 weeks of TOTAL ABSTAINANCE from smoking. However, I am not opposed to a longer smoke free period. However, risks are always higher even in an ex-smoker compared to a non smoker for all of above surgeries.
any smoking increases the risks during surgery, however the more you smoke the greater the risk.
Smoking Causes Complications with Wound Healing
The nicotine in cigarettes cause small vessels to go into spasm. Many plastic surgical procedures rely on capillary fill to deliver oxygenated blood to the healing area. Decreased blood supply can cause poor healing, wound infection and in worse case scenario, tissue loss. The longer you are off nicotine (including nicotine patches), the safer the surgery. If you have only recently stopped smolking and your surgeon and you choose to go ahead with surgery, it may be necessary to alter the surgery so that there is less risk with blood supply. We refer to this as the beauty- blood supply barrier. In other words your surgeon might need to compromise on beauty so as not to increase risk.
Stop smoking completely
All surgical procedures have risks and no reputable experienced plastic surgeon Will tell you that you cannot have complications. Smoking at any level increases the risk of wound healing problems. You are down to 1-2 cigarettes per day and paying a significant amount of money for cosmetic surgery. You want the best result as does your surgeon. Go the extra step and stop smoking for a month before and after surgery. You Will be glad you did.
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