Nix the Nicotine – Including E-Cigarettes – Before Undergoing Plastic Surgery

Attractive woman breaking cigarette

Nixing a smoking habit is among the most widely touted New Year’s resolutions each January. If you’re planning to undergo plastic surgery in 2017, it should be on your resolutions list as well. But if you’re thinking that simply switching cigarettes for the increasingly popular e-cigarettes, nicotine gum or other substitute, think again.

Nicotine wears multiple seemingly harmless masks including nicotine gum, patches, snuff, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, cigars and the latest trend, e-cigarettes, handheld electronic devices that vaporize flavored liquids. But all of these, including most e-cigarette flavors, have one thing in common – nicotine.

The trouble with nicotine and other toxins found in smoking and smoking substitute products is that they can cause the blood vessels to shrink, restricting blood flow to the tissues. Blood carries oxygen, which healthy flesh needs to survive. Without oxygen, skin, fat and muscle die. That’s critical because during plastic surgery, surgeons cut some blood vessels, but leave others intact to supply critically needed oxygen to skin that remains after a facelift, tummy tuck or other cosmetic surgery.

Ill effects of recent nicotine use on plastic surgery can include:

  • Loss of cheek skin, nipples or stomach skin after a facelift, breast lift, breast reduction, or tummy tuck surgery
  • Infections
  • Death of fat cells (fat necrosis), causing hard lumps
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Thick, wide scars
  • Blood clots, which can be fatal
  • Increased pain
  • Permanent small vessel damage
  • Loss of breast implants
  • Life threatening complications like stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and pneumonia

Here at Parkway Plastic Surgery, we highly recommend nixing your smoking habit for good. But if you’re considering cosmetic surgery, it’s critical that you avoid smoking and using smoking substitute products at least three to six weeks leading up to and following your procedure.

To find out more, and to make sure that you’re best prepared for your chosen procedure, call 904-396-1186 and schedule a consultation with Jacksonville’s Parkway Plastic Surgery.

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