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Safety Tips Before Cosmetic Surgery: Stop Smoking

March 26th, 2019

Safety Tips Before Cosmetic Surgery: Stop Smoking

Safety Tips: Stop Smoking. Patient preparation for surgery is essential to make the post-operative course of recovery safer for patients. The nicotine in tobacco products and also found in “stop smoking” products makes blood vessels smaller as a result of the action on the blood vessels. Many plastic surgery procedures (face lift, tummy tuck, breast reduction) have the possibility for increased complications with this reduced blood flow to the skin, resulting in risk of skin loss and pronounced scarring is increased. Smoking tobacco or weed also increases the chance of coughing after surgery. Coughing can lead to unwanted bleeding, never a good thing. It is best to quit all nicotine-containing products two to four weeks before surgery. Always check with your surgeon before surgery.

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