American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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2 years ago

Smoking issues prior to my operation

I had a scar revision for a big wound that was painful now one year half after my operation. For better results we used some liposuction,

I could not stop in time for operation . I bought Patches realize that is still harmful .

What is my best answer with the best healing and quitting.

My operation was all surface except for Lipo .

I was too afraid to tell my doctor . I want to quit ..

Procedure: Liposuction
Location: piedmont, CA

Replies 4

Debra Johnson
ASPS Surgeon
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Best bet is to stop using all nicotine for 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, and then forever thereafter. Nicotine increases wound healing problems, worsens scarring, increases pain. Protect your result, and your health, by quitting now.

Adolfo Sesto
ASPS Int. Surgeon

I advise all of my patients to stop smoking at least a month prior surgery.

Nicotine has an immediate effect of constricting blood vessels preventing the flow of blood, and therefore oxygen, necessary for the recovery of tissues manipulated in surgery, generating delay in healing and even necrosis of the tissues.

Nelson Castillo

The k you for sharing your question. In general it is best to stop smoking for 4-6 weeks prior to, and after, any procedure. Hope this helps

Tracy McCall
ASPS Surgeon

First, your doctor isn't there to berate you or anything like that. They are there to help you. Give them all the information you can so that they can help you to the best of their ability. Sometimes you can't do everything your doctor recommends. Talk to them and they will help you figure out the best way forward.

Now talk to your primary care doctor about smoking cessation programs.


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