Breast Surgery and Smoking Don’t Mix

Posted by administration on December 4, 2015

Breast_Surgery_and_Smoking.jpgSmokers have long known that smoking is hazardous to your health. But did you know it can impact your surgical decisions as well?

If you’re considering elective breast surgery and are a smoker, you should try to quit.  Smoking can cause complications from breast surgery.  Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen in the blood by increasing the carbon monoxide in the bloodstream.

Nicotine from smoking and nicotine from other products such as nicotine gum can cause blood vessels to tighten up.  This tightening of blood vessels prevents normal blood flow and impairs healing of breast tissue.

Complications of breast surgery and smoking can include blood clots, hardening of implants and infection, among others issues.  Some surgeons will not operate on patients with a serious smoking habit.  If you smoke and want to be evaluated for breast surgery, please schedule a consultation with Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Denver.  Our experts will evaluate your medical history and situation and help you decide a course of action that’s right for you.

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