Nicotine use whether by smoking, vaping, patches, gum, etc all have similar markedly increased risks for surgery including increased chance for loss of skin, infection, wound healing problems, leg vein clots, and others. The #LiteLift or #minifacelift procedure is less invasive than a traditional facelift and therefore theoretically has less risks. I operate on smokers after complete informed consent about their increased risks.
Most surgeon are testing for nicotine because avoiding it is so important in reducing your risk of complications. If you are having trouble maintaining your weight without it I would suggest seeing a weight loss specialist to address ways to manage your weight without nicotine use. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels for about 90 mins so if you smoke a pack per day, that's all day long! Constricting your blood vessels can decrease the healing cells that get to the area as well as antibiotics.
Nicotine is harmful in any form
I have performed procedures on smokers after informing them of the significantly increased risk of delayed healing,tissue loss, and unfavorable scarring that result. Avoiding nicotine as little as 2 weeks prior to surgery can reduce the risk.
Facelifts and liquid nicotine via vaporizer
Facelifts and nicotine don't mix. Nicotine is a very powerful vasoconstrictor. To heal the facelift properly, you need blood flow to the wound. Please get rid of the nicotine in any form before having a facelift.
As I tell my patients, the question is not if you will have a complication. It is, how bad will it be? This is your face. Ditch the nicotine.
Unfortunately, the use of any type of nicotine products increases the complication rate. On the face, it is difficult to deal with loss of skin psychologically from the patient's standpoint as well to deal with the resultant scar regardless, if the patient was informed that there will be an increased complication rate with continued smoking. This why I do not perform facelift on smokers. Since you will not quit then you will have to find a surgeon willing to roll the dice with you concerning your facelift.
Nicotine use and facelift
Thank you for your question. I certainly can understand you're in a difficult position. You want to look your best, but smoking cessation does not suit you at this stage. I am not aware of any surgeons in my area that would likely offer you a facelift type procedure while you were still using nicotine. It is simply too dangerous. The risks of problems with healing are significantly elevated.
Nicotine is a big problem when combined with a facelift. There has been studies where the chances of skin necrosis or surgical problems are 14 to 20 times more common on smokers than non-smokers. It is always advisable to stop smoking 2-3 weeks before and after a facelift. this includes all forms of nicotine exposure; smoking, e-cigarettes, nicotine gum, vapor nicotine, patches, etc.
Also, today physician will knoe if you are smoking since the nicotine test can be done in office in your saliva, blood, or urine.
Hope this helps,
Dr. Gus Diaz
Nicotine and plastic surgery
You do need to quit nicotine if you are considering a facelift. The nicotine constricts blood vessels and can impair your ability to heal.
Nicotine impairs blood flow to tissues and most surgeons would want you to stop several weeks before surgery and avoid it during the haling process.