Smoking and plastic surgery
Smoking is bad for plastic surgery. It can lead to complications and adversely affect the outcomes of a surgical procedure. This can be due to various reasons. Let me elaborate.
When to stop smoking before surgery?
The best time to stop smoking is now. The negative effects of smoking reduce after cessation of smoking. We usually advise a period of 4 to 6 weeks of abstinence before undertaking any surgery.
Plastic surgery can involve extensive dissection of the tissues. This makes healing more dependent on adequate blood supply of the treated tissues. Because of the above reasons, smoking is a strong contrindication for surgery. Smoking is also one of the common reasons for postponement of the surgery in our practice. We usually choose to schedule surgery after a period of abstinence from smoking.
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