i know i cant smoke but can i smoke a electronic cigarette
Smoking Electronic Cigarette Ok After Breast Aug/lift?
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Smoking and breast augmentation/lift
Nicotine post breast augmentation and lift
Smoking electronic cigarette OK after breast aug/lift?
Typically, we recommend at least 6 weeks of smoking cessation prior to any surgical procedure. Nicotine and others always increase the risk for infection and wound complications, as well as other health consequences, especially with general anesthesia and pulmonary issues. I would discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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Nicotine and surgery
1. There is nicotine in tobacco, but not in marijuana. However, most joints are rolled with marijuana and tobacco combination. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor that decreases blood flow to the tissues. This is the major problems that can cause a very bad outcome in some surgeries. In a breast augmentation, there is not a lot of risk as there are not a lot of incisions which decrease blood flow to the tissues. In a breast lift or tummy tuck, on the other hand, there is much longer and more involved incisions. The decrease in blood flow to the tissues in combination with the decrease in blood flow from the nicotine can cause tissue to die. This can cause part of the breast or nipple, or in the case of a tummy tuck, part of the belly tissue to die, resulting in a very bad outcome. Marijuana without tobacco does not cause this problem, or marijuana in an edible fashion. Vaporizers do not decrease the amount of nicotine in tobacco, only decrease the smoke.
2. There is carbon monoxide in both tobacco smoke and marijuana smoke. Carbon monoxide decreases the oxygen carrying capacity of hemoglobin in the blood. This is different from the vasoconstrictor effect, but has the same result of having the risk of tissue death in conjunction with surgeries that decrease the blood flow to tissues such as breast lifts and tummy tucks, as opposed to an augmentation alone that does not decrease blood flow to as great of an extent. Again, edible forms of marijuana do not have smoke, and thus carbon monoxide poisoning.
3. Coughing. Both tobacco and marijuana smoke disrupt the lining of the lungs and bronchi and can lead to coughing episodes. Coughing episodes can lead to internal bleeding after surgery that can lead to hematomas and complications, and again a bad outcome. Again, edible forms of marijuana does not have this effect.
4. Anesthesia effects. Marijuana can have drug interactions with certain anesthetic drugs. Thus it is important to tell your anesthesiologist about your marijuana use.
In conclusion, Smoking, whether it be tobacco or marijuana, is detrimental to your surgery outcome. Edible marijuana is much less so, but be honest about your use with your surgeon and anesthesiologist so that you can have the best outcome. In general, you should quite smoking many weeks, ideally 6 weeks before surgery, and not smoke for at least 2 weeks after surgery.
Pablo Prichard, MD
All Nicotine forms are bad for breast implants
Any form of nicotine be it cigarettes, nicotine gum, lozenges, chewing tobacco, patches or e-cigarettes all share the same risk as smoking. For breast implant augmentation surgery this means a significantly higher risk of capsular contracture.
Smoking and Surgery
Thank you for your question.
The electronic cigarettes may still have nicotine and nicotine is what we need to stay away from when having surgery to ensure proper wound healing.
Use of Electronic Cigarettes after Cosmetic Surgery
There are electronic cigarettes that do not contain nicotine and those that do. It is best to avoid all forms of nicotine, as the use of nicotine can greatly impact your healing and can cause problems following surgery.
Smoking, its the nicotine that matters
A smoke-less or electronic cigarettes still produce nicotine, and the nicotine is the problem with healing after surgery. Actually we find smoking has little impact on breast augmentation, but to play it safe, no smoking or no nicotine for at least two weeks is best.
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If electronic cigarettes have nicotine in them, then you can not smoke them. The nicotine constricts blood vessels and can impair wound healing.