How long before breast augmentation surgery do I have to stop smoking?

I want to have breast augmentation surgery. How long before the procedure do I have to stop smoking?

It is important to stop smoking before any surgery in particular to decrease lung secretions and improve airway function in preparation for anesthesia. There is also interference of blood supply to the skin caused by nicotine induced spasm of blood vessels to the skin which can interfere with healing. It is essential to stop nicotine in all forms-gum, patches, cigarettes etc for 8 weeks especially before procedures that disrupt blood supply such as facelift, breast lift and tummy tuck. Breast augmentation causes less risk to blood supply than those procedures so you should ask and follow the guidelines of the surgeon that you choose but 5 weeks is usually a minimum.

Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS
195 Commonwealth AvenueBostonMA02116US

Brooke R. Seckel MD, FACS

195 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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It is important to stop smoking before any aesthetic surgery. I ask patients to stop three months prior to a consultation. This may sound excessive. But after ninety days, people generally can stay away from cigarettes. Surgery can be stressful, and stress during recovery may be the reason someone might start smoking again.

Michael Law MD
Michael Law MD
10941 Raven Ridge RdRaleighNC27614US

Michael Law MD

10941 Raven Ridge Road, Suite 103, Raleigh,
NC, 27614, US

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