I'm having breast augmentation in 5 days and I just quit smoking - is that enough time for the nicotine leave my body?
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Smoking Cigarettes And Breast Augmentation
Each plastic surgeon has his or her own rules for when to quit smoking before any particular surgery. There are many variables that have to be considered when answering you question. Are you smoking e-cigarettes, regular cigarettes, how many in a day - all of these will have some bearing on how your question is answered.
It has been my experience that if your route of entry for the breast implant is through the armpit, then it is not necessary to quit smoking because of the augmentation. However, decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke per day will be better for your recovery from the anesthesia. Also, smoker's cough can increase the chance of post operative bleeding. Breast augmentations through the nipple (periareolar) or inframammary incision don't fare well if the patient is smoking cigarettes. If you were my patient and I was doing a periareolar or inframammary incision, I would have you off cigarettes for a minimum of one month.
Breast Augmentation | Smoking
Not that smoking is a good thing, but it typically does not interfere with breast augmentation.
To be sure, see two or more experienced, board-certified Plastic Surgeons for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.
I hope this helps.
Smoking and surgery
Stopping smoking is great. You should be off all nicotine containing products like gum or patches as well. Nicotine is the issue with regard to healing as the other doctors have responded.
In general with procedures that require skin undermining like facelift or breastlift or tummy tuck most plastic surgeons will require patient to avoid all nicotine for at least three weeks prior to surgery and for three weeks after surgery.
In my opinion, a breast augmentation does not have the same risks to wound healing and while I encourage patients to stop smoking many cannot or will not stop. I have not encountered any would healing problems in patients having a breast augmentation who smoke.
Make sure of the requirements of your surgeon.
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I generally recommend a minimum of 6 weeks of smoking cessation before and after surgery. It is a very difficult habit to quit, but it will reduce your risk of complications, and if you are able to stop completely, then it will definitely have a lot of other long-term health benefits. If you are looking to do all you can do to minimize your complication rate, then I would recommend postponing for another 5 weeks.
However, the opinions of online consultants means little--the decision is for your own surgeon. Call now, don't wait to the morning of surgery.
All the best.
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Here is the reason why: the nicotine in cigarettes and other tobacco products (including Nicorette gum, patches, etc) is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it makes the Smoking is a significant multiplier of many potential complications following surgery and breast augmentation with implants are no exception. Nicotine from smoking causes blood vessels to vasoconstrict ( tighten up). Over time, these constricted arteries and capillaries deliver less blood to the breast tissue which is needed for normal healing. Smokers therefore have an increased incidence of higher likelihood of complications such as infection, and in particular capsular contracture (hardening and distortion of the implants). General complications of surgery such as blood clots, anesthetic problems such as pneumonia are also increased.
A scientific article in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicated that, among all forms of surgery, quitting smoking eight weeks prior was never associated with an increased risk of complications.
In young patients you will probably statistically avoid these complications, why tempt fate by increasing your odds that something bad will happen.On a long term basis, smoking also causes accelerated aging of the skin and loss of elasticity. Hopefully these reasons will help give you the will power and courage to stop smoking.
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To answer your question it takes about 2 weeks to clear most smoke byproducts and nicotine out of body but 6 weeks much more ideal. I have many patients especially in breast augmentation that smoke thru out the operative phases and have no problems. Best of Luck, stop now :-) and inform your doctor.