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Surgery and Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in every kind of surgical procedure worldwide and not only in regards to breast surgery or breast augmentation only. Surgeons all over the world asks their patients to avoid or stop smoking before and after the surgery for a few weeks since it does have some impact on delaying the recovery period and causes some health hazard like infection. The Breast Augmentation surgery can have surgical complications significantly if smoking is not stopped as it increases the rate of risks. All the surgeons worldwide recommends or even asks women to stop taking nicotine product and smoking well in advance or several months earlier when opting for breast implants or breast augmentation or any enhancement surgery.

The reason why tobacco products like Nicorette gum, patches, etc and nicotine in cigarettes is considered to be a vasoconstrictor, meaning that many potential complications are multiplied by smoking significantly in a breast augmentation or reconstructive surgery with implants makes no exception to it since smoking nicotine causes tightening up of the blood vessels. Over the time, these constricted capillaries and arteries deliver lesser blood to breast tissue that is needed for normal healing. There is a higher likelihood of complications as in infection or in particular hardening and distortion of implants are seen as capsular contracture when there is increased incidence of smoking. Anesthetic problems such as pneumonia and blood clots are few general complications of the surgery that can get increased.

Quitting smoking eight weeks before any form of surgery is never associated with any increased risk of complications as indicated by the scientific article found in the archive of Internal Medicine. It is always better to avoid the complications or any risk and on a long term basis, smoking also accelerates causing aging of skin and losing skin elasticity.

Probably we have already heard all the warnings of impact what can smoke can have on our health, if one has been smoking for a while, where warnings includes serious illnesses circulatory diseases, chronic respiratory and cancer. It also causes slow recovery from breast augmentation surgery and can accelerates the risk of developing complications with breast implants which many of us dint knew. Since it interferes with the process of recovery, some surgeons refuse to perform procedure on people who continues to smoke.

Smoking cigarettes not only contricts blood vessels but also decreases the supply of oxygen to your cells. The key component to help your body heal from breast augmentation is Oxygen and without necessary blood supply, the body will slow down the recovery period leading to developing more post operative complications and infections. It also increases the chances of developing breast implants malformations or capsular contracture and more irregular and prominent scars.

If your smoking habit has already affected your circulatory and respiratory systems, it can complicated the surgery as well increasing the likelihood of developing post operative complications such as pneumonia or collapsed lungs and making anesthesia more challenging. Your surgeon may require a stress test prior to surgery to determine if your lungs and heart are healthy enough to undergo this surgery.

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