Why It Is Important Not To Smoke Before Surgery
Avoiding nicotine products prior to surgery is one of the most important things you can do to make your surgery as easy and successful as possible.
Not only does smoking put you at risk in the operating room, but it also creates complications during the healing process that can leave you with less than optimal results.
Smoking and other nicotine products before your surgery can increase your risk for the following complications:
Reduces blood supply
Nicotine causes a decrease in micro-circulation, which in effect reduces the blood supply to the skin. This can lead to disastrous results such as skin necrosis, delayed healing, poor scarring and a poor overall outcome.
Body doesn’t heal correctly
In many cases your wounds won’t heal properly. Additionally, smoking causes you to heal in very unpredictable ways.
Skin can become discolored after surgery
For example, the tip of the nose may have reduced blood supply leading to poor coloration after rhinoplasty or face lifts if you are a smoker. The darker skin indicates imminent necrosis, or the death of skin tissue.
Build up of more scar tissue
This will make the scars from the surgery more visible.
Waste of your money
It is likely you will not achieve the results you hoped for because of the unpredictable healing that is an effect from smoking.
So, as hard as it may be, put avoid cigarettes for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery. You will be happy you did when you see the wonderful results of your surgery.