Smoking has always been something we tell patients they must quit before having plastic surgery. The risk of complications after a procedure is just too serious.
Among the many possible complications: insufficient blood flow to the tissues causing them to become damaged or die, lack of oxygen during the procedure, development of blood clots, and increased possibility of infection.
Up until recently, many people who have switched from smoking to e-cigarettes thought they were safe before plastic surgery. They figured if they didn’t smoke, they could at least “vape.” Many plastic surgeons were wary about it, but they had no research to prove it could be a bad idea.
Now with e-cigarettes gaining in popularity, medical experts are even more suspicious. They want to know if there are any possibilities for complications when used before and after plastic surgery.
According to an article in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, authors and plastic surgeons Dr. Peter Taub and Dr. Alan Matarasse write: “Based on our current best knowledge, it seems reasonable to advise plastic surgery candidates to cease e-cigarette use in a manner similar to what is advised for [cigarettes].”
What Researchers Know About E-Cigarettes Before Plastic Surgery
The problem with smoking cigarettes before plastic surgery is the nicotine in it. That’s the drug that leads to the blood flow problems and other dangerous side effects. E-cigarettes contain nicotine, even if it’s a much smaller amount than cigarettes. It’s this small amount of nicotine that cause researchers to wonder if this could be detrimental to the procedure and recovery.
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we like to err on the side of caution when performing surgery. We want our patients to have the best plastic surgery experience possible, and that may mean stopping e-cigarettes two weeks before the procedure is scheduled.
Your health is our #1 priority. Scheduling a consultation with us is the best way to know when you’ll have to quit smoking or vaping before having plastic surgery.
We welcome you to give us a call to discuss what you’d like to have done, and what you’ll need to do to prepare for it. We know quitting smoking or e-cigarettes can be an overwhelming sacrifice, but there are ways to make it much easier and we can help you.
Contact our experienced cosmetic and plastic surgeons in New York City and Long Island today for a free consultation. We are available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays.