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How long do I have to quit smoking before and after surgery?

Being professionals in the medical field, we always strongly suggest a person stop smoking altogether. In addition to the significant health risk it poses to an individual, smoking causes a person to age prematurely and to heal slowly.

With some surgical procedures we encourange, but do not require a person to stop smoking. In other cases a person must avoid smoking for approximately 4-6 weeks prior to surgery and for a period of time after surgery.

It is extremely important to be honest with your physician about the amount you smoke as serious complications may occur when accurate information is not disclosed.

It is ideal to quit two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery.
Plastic surgeons do operate on smokers and in certain cases they just have to be a little more careful during the surgery. For instance, during a facelift, tummy tuck or breast lift, a surgeon may choose to pull things a little less tightly. In the case of liposuction, a surgeon may choose to do a little less liposuction in certain areas. If a patient is getting a breast lift with implants, a surgeon may choose a smaller size of implants, so that less pressure is applied on the skin.
 The biggest concern with smoking other than how it affects your general health, is that it affects the blood supply to the tissues. Smoking compromises the healthy blood supply that allows wounds to heal in the proper fashion.

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