American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals
3 years ago


I had a breast reduction 6 weeks ago to the day. I know smoking is bad i am aware of the risks I have refrained from smoking for 6 weeks but am beyond ready to continue... is it safe now? My surgeon said I have healed very well.

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: waterford, OH

Replies 4

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon

It is never "safe" to smoke. My smoking father died a pulmonary cripple, and my smoking sister died at 60 from lung cancer. You've done something very nice for yourself in having your breast reduction. You should continue that trend by quitting smoking entirely. You've made it 6 weeks, you're over the hump! Keep up the good work!

Samir Shureih

You Know the risks, very understanding.

The rest is up to you

Nelson Castillo

Best to avoid all smoking as we know the health risks, but pertinent to your procedure, it will not materially impact your results at this point

Katerina Gallus
ASPS Surgeon
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Hello Alyssa and thank you for your question. If you are well healed from your surgery you can likely start smoking again without any consequences for your breast reduction. I understand it can be very difficult to quit smoking but if you have made it 6 weeks already I encourage you to stick with it for so many other reasons it is bad for your health. Good luck!


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