Using tobacco brings a significant risk of cancer, stroke, heat attack, etc. From a Plastic Surgery standpoint it is a vasoconstrictor. Wound healing is all about getting oxygen and needed entities to the wound. It is well known that patients who smoke have a tremendous increase in their rate of serious complications, (infections, wounds falling apart, etc.). Nicotine is the main vasoconstrictor, so getting a patch or lozenge of nicotine won't help the vasoconstriction. Best to be off the tobacco/nicotine entirely before surgery. Please be honest with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Together you can make a plan to quit and proceed with surgery. The amount of time between quitting and surgery will depend on the Plastic Surgeon and the procedure.
Smoking after stomach surgery. Any suggestions?
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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, skin flap necrosis, and wound complications, as well as other health consequences. There is an increase pulmonary risk with the anesthesia and postop lung infections. The most devastating consequence of infection, especially since the tissue is tightened, is increased. This along with wound healing and scarring. I would discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
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If you want to get the best results with the least complications from surgery, you should stop smoking. Most surgeons recommend a period of around 6 weeks before and after the surgery.
Your local doctor and other organisations such as "Quit" can help you go through the difficult process of stopping smoking.
Smoking after surgery
Complications that arise because of the choices that our patient makes is something that we would like to help avoid. Most board certified plastic surgeons who I know and respect really want their patients to have better outcomes, so they will require their patients to quit smoking for at least 3 weeks before the procedure in order to decrease the potential problems.
So the short answer is that you will get better healing and fewer complications if you maximize the oxygen going to your tissues by not smoking. Conversely, if you smoke and thus deprive your tissues of oxygen, you are at greater risk for more complications and worsened scarring.
Good luck :)
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I personally refuse to do a full abdominoplasty in someone how smokes.All kinds of major and minor complication risks go up.I prefer at least 6 weeks free of all nicotine including cigarettes,cigars,weed,patches and gums.If you proceed you also need to be honest with yourself and your doctor,if you cheat you are only fooling yourself.Some doctors feel so strongly about this issue they insist on a urine test right before surgery.
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