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Why Do I Need to Quit Smoking Before Plastic Surgery?

Most people are aware that smoking is bad for their health. However, potential plastic surgery candidates should understand the unique risks tobacco products may pose for their recovery. Good blood flow to the tissues is an essential part of the body’s natural healing process. Since nicotine can disrupt blood flow by constricting the blood vessels, tobacco products may significantly prolong or delay proper healing. The risks of smoking in the weeks before and after plastic surgery may include:

  • Reduced blood flow to healing tissues
  • Higher chance of infection
  • Blood clots
  • The need for more pain medication
  • Pulmonary complications
  • Extended recovery time

In addition, many patients choose to undergo plastic surgery to look more youthful. Tobacco products are known to accelerate the natural aging process and may work against any cosmetic result the patient is trying to achieve. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani recommends that prospective patients considering plastic surgery give up smoking for at least 6-8 weeks prior to the date of the procedure as well as 6-8 weeks after, though giving up tobacco products altogether is ideal.

For more information about cosmetic procedures at The Aesthetic Surgery Centre, please contact us today for an appointment.