I had a skin graft done on my hand after I burnt it with oil. How long until I'm allowed to start smoking again? (Photo)

My skin graft was done after I had third degree burns caused by spilling boiling oil on it while cooking. I was told I should reduce/stop smoking to have the best possibly recovery. It's now been 3 weeks and my graft seems to have taken well. Can I start smoking again yet? If not how long should I wait before I do. I've asked my doctors and they say "well you've stopped this long so don't start" which I agree with, but no one has given me a definitive answer. Can I start even if it's 3-4 a day?

Doctor Answers 2

Plato's Scar Serum for a burn scar

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I would use Plato's Scar Serum and PDL to the wounds to allow them to soften and recontour. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Skin Grafts, Healing and Smoking

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As a physician, I cannot recommend you start smoking again. Take your skin grafting procedure as an opportunity to quit. Please see an expert if you need help. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

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