Will Smoking Marijuana Affect Healing After Lower Blepharoplasty?

Doctor Answers 6

Smoking and healing

I recommend that my patients avoid smoking anything for 3 weeks after surgery- the smoke can impair oxygen delivery to your tissues which you will want to optimize to achieve the best scarring.

Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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It is unlikely that marijuana smoking will affect your eyelid healing. However, I would still not recommend it. Your judgement may be affected with marijuana use and you may do other activities that MAY affect your healing process.

Lay off the reefer for a couple of weeks.

A.J. Amadi, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Smoking and Surgery

The short answer is they do not mix well.

I would avoid if at all possible in the peri-operative period. The fact the question has been asked here suggests this is a possibility!

Good luck.

Dominic Bray, MBBS, FRCS
London Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Marijuana smoking does not affect healing after lower lid blepharoplasty.

Marijuana will not affect the way a lower lid blepharoplasty heals. Even patient sitter heavy cigarette smokers will really not suffer wound healing consequences with lower eyelid surgery.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Marijuana and blepharoplasty

Thank you for your question about using marijuana after blepharoplasty.

• it is not a good idea. The smoke is highly irritating and toxic,
• your blepharoplasty is likely to heal more slowly,
• your eyes are likely to be more inflamed,
• your may have persistent irritation and dryness of the eyes.
• for any blepharoplasty, avoid any smoke of any kind, whether tobacco, marijuana or heavy pollution.Hope this helps. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Will Smoking Marijuana Affect Healing After Lower Blepharoplasty?

         It probably has little effect, but why chance it?  Healing well is important and it is not merely the active ingredient of the marijuana that is inhaled.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of eyelid surgeries each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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