Regardless of whether you are planning liposuction in our Long Island or Manhattan centers, or you are improving your body contouring through a tummy tuck, it is important to understand the association between smoking and surgical procedures.

Some patients question the necessity to stop smoking before a surgical procedure.  The answer to this is smoking cessation is vitally important to the healing process, as smoking tends to increase inflammation, a factor that you want diminished before and after surgery.

Additionally, smoking affects the skin, causing healing issues and possible necrosis, which complicates the healing process.

Effects of Nicotine on SmartLipo Results

In the patient who smokes, the blood contains both nicotine and carbon monoxide.  Nicotine causes blood vessels to close off, which limits the amount of oxygenated blood that can reach tissues trying to heal.  In addition to aiding the healing process, oxygen also feeds tissues directly, keeping them alive, and fights off infection.

This substance is also known to increase the stickiness of platelets, which then increases the risk of blot clots.   Looking at these factors, you can see that it doesn’t matter what type of surgery you are planning, any procedure requires healing, and the contents of cigarettes and even nicotine gum stand in the way of that.

Yes, nicotine gum should also be avoided before and after a surgical procedure.

Specific Risks of Smoking Spelled Out

Plastic Surgery Study Reveals You Are What You Look Like

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A study presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists shows even more reason to stop smoking before surgery.

The study showed that smokers are more likely to develop certain serious conditions after surgery.

They are:

  • 50% more likely to develop pneumonia
  • 57% more likely to have cardiac arrest
  • 80% more likely to have a heart attack
  • 73% more likely to have a stroke

Planning Surgery Means a Smoking Cessation Plan

Planning your plastic surgery procedure should be more exciting than stressful. To make the most of your results afterward, talk with your doctor to determine the best way for you to quit smoking at least two weeks prior to your procedure. This cessation should be continued indefinitely following treatment.

Addressing your cosmetic concerns with the utmost safety is our top priority. Call us today in Manhattan NYC or Commack, Long Island for your complimentary consultation. We also see patients in the evenings and on Saturdays for your convenience.

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