Cosmetic Surgery Can Help Patients Quit Smoking

Long-term follow-up research shows that many patients receiving these instructions will quit smoking, or at least smoke less, in the years following cosmetic surgery.

A follow-up study included 85 patients who were smokers when evaluated for cosmetic surgery. Like most plastic surgeons, Dr. Van Slike and his colleagues required patients to refrain from smoking for at least two weeks prior to elective procedures.

In a follow-up study, about 40% of patients stated that they no longer smoke cigarettes on a daily basis. Almost a quarter have not smoked at all since their cosmetic surgery procedure.

However, half of the patients admitted that they did not follow the instructions to refrain from smoking prior to surgery. Almost a quarter continued to smoke until the day of their procedure. Dr. Van Slike and colleagues did not test whether patients confirmed smoking cessation.

The rate of complications after cosmetic surgery was higher in patients who continued to smoke: 24 percent versus 14 percent. (The difference was not statistically significant.) More serious complications from wound healing occurred in two patients — both of whom did not follow smoking cessation instructions.

The results show that patients were more likely to quit “targeted messaging” with specific examples of the negative effects of smoking rather than describing the overall health benefits of smoking cessation.

Postoperative RhinoplastyFrom Nose Operation

Discomfort and pain should begin to subside within 72 hours after surgery. If a significant increase in pain is noted after this period of time, the surgeon should be contacted.

Bruising and swelling are not unusual after surgery. These symptoms often get worse on the second day after surgery and then steadily improve afterward; this is normal.

Expect some bloody nasal discharge after any nasal surgery. Usually, at the end of the surgery, light tape and a plastic nasal dressing are placed on the outside under the nose , and plastic splints are placed on the inside. Expect that during the first 24-48 hours, this dressing will be changed several times.

If only septoplasty and / or nasal tip surgery has been performed, the external dressing may be omitted.

Remove the internal nasal splint and dressings

  • The internal splints and plastic dressing are removed 5 to 7 days after surgery.
  • Both internal and external nasal dressings are removed in 5-7 days after surgery.
  • Nasal congestion is the most annoying problem that usually occurs after surgery.

It is most stressful in the first week after surgery and improves significantly once the internal nasal splints are removed.

The numbness in the tip of the nose , upper front teeth or the palate after surgery is expected because nasal surgery typically causes a temporary interruption of some of the nerves in the area. The sensitivity will generally return slowly over a period of several weeks and, rarely, months.

A temporary decrease or alteration in the sense of smell or taste is common after surgery. This is, again, secondary to the interruption of some nerves in the nose during surgery.

It is very important to be aware of the fact that the swelling from surgery will temporarily make the nose appear wider and the tip higher and less refined than intended.

All swelling in the nose will improve greatly in the first few weeks after surgery. Patients who have had only septum surgery usually do not have any significant swelling on the outside of the nose.

Can I smoke after a rhinoplasty operation?

A common concern of patients who come to the clinic is the effect that tobacco can have after an operation . And it is not for less, because we know that this widespread habit is very harmful to health.

How does tobacco affect our body before an operation?
The nicotine in tobacco causes a constriction in the blood capillaries . What does it mean? Well, simply because because of this there is a difficulty for nutrients and oxygen to reach the area that has been intervened. In addition, rhinoplasty scars will take longer to heal , even causing necrosis in extreme cases.

For how long is it advisable to stop smoking after a rhinoplasty?

The ideal for the postoperative to run its course properly is that, for at least 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after surgery, do not use tobacco. When performing a rhinoplasty operation at the cosmetic surgery clinic we seek the best possible results, so we recommend that you follow this restriction.

This would take a total of 6 weeks without smoking , something that can be difficult for more than one smoker. However, taking into account that in this case it can help to recover earlier, it would be advisable to make the effort. Also, who knows, you may be able to eliminate this bad habit from your life after this time.…

The Dangers Of Smoking Before Cosmetic Surgery

Thinking of surgery? If you are a smoker, even in a social way, it is good that you know about the danger of not quitting before surgery.

Tobacco, cigarettes, patches, and even e-cigarettes all have one thing in common: nicotine. A compound that alters blood flow and can lead to tissues dying from lack of oxygen.

In case of any intervention in the body, it is recommended by surgeons to stop smoking three to six weeks before the operation.

However, the problem is even greater with plastic surgery. Why? In this type of intervention, doctors proceed to remove skin, therefore, some blood vessels are removed. In this way, the vessels that remain intact are responsible for providing oxygen to the manipulated skin.

  • Loss of areas of skin on the face, nipples or abdomen
  • Infections
  • Death of fat cells, causing nodules.
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Permanent damage to certain blood vessels
  • Loss of breast implants due to healing problems.
  • Strokes, heart complications, and respiratory problems.

Plastic surgeons reaffirm this recommendation and also emphasizes the importance of the responsibility to go to a certified plastic surgery specialist and to investigate the quality and sanitary conditions of the place where the procedure will be performed. Along with this, the post-operative care established by the doctor must be followed to the letter, since a good result is the product not only of a good surgery, but of adequate and responsible postoperative care by the patient.

So, if you want your cosmetic changes to be as effective as possible, the best advice is to make sure you are a good time without smoking and be responsible in each step recommended by the surgeon after the operation. Thus, it contributes to a healthy recovery and even a healthy life without nicotine in the body.

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