Breast Surgery and Smoking

Posted by administration on June 12, 2017

Breast_Surgery.jpgSmoking tobacco raises your risk of cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat, esophagus and stomach, and each cigarette you smoke increases the likelihood that you will develop heart disease, bronchitis or emphysema, or experience a stroke.

But that's not all. Smoking can also compromise the results of your breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction surgery. Smoking constricts the blood vessels and inhibits the binding of oxygen, lowering the amount of oxygen that is available to your cells. Insufficient oxygen impedes your body's ability to heal after surgery and increases your risk for wound separation, skin death and raised, red scars. As a smoker, you will also have a higher risk of anesthesia complications and post-surgery infections than non-smokers. In fact, most surgeons won't perform breast surgery on patients who smoke.

In general, smokers who undergo surgery have longer hospital stays and a higher likelihood of being admitted to an intensive care unit. Smokers are also at greater risk for heart attack, stroke, pneumonia and/or death after surgery.

If you are planning any surgery, including breast surgery, quitting smoking before surgery is highly advisable. While quitting for good would be ideal, stopping for even two weeks before and after surgery can dramatically reduce your risks and encourage a smoother breast surgery recovery.

Tools to Help You Kick the Habit

While some people are able to quit cold turkey, others need help. There are several aides available today.

Nicotine replacement products can help relieve the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal by allowing you to receive gradually decreasing amounts of nicotine without all the other chemicals in tobacco. These products include over-the-counter patches, gums and lozenges as well as prescription nasal sprays and inhalers. In addition to nicotine replacement products, prescription drugs are also available to help smokers quit.

Other tools to help you quit include hypnotherapy and acupuncture as well as community and online support groups.

If you are a smoker and are interested in breast surgery in Denver, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com to discuss all your options.

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