Quitting smoking within a short period of time is never easy, but if you plan to undergo plastic surgery, it is essential for your safety. Smoking seriously reduces your body’s overall supply of oxygen, making your heart pump more poorly and making it harder for your wounds to heal. Nicotine also clogs your lungs and increases inflammation. All of these factors can lead to potentially severe consequences, including:
- Tissue death
- Excessive bleeding
Apart from healing complications, smokers who do not quit prior to surgery also face a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular problems. Since smoking shrinks your body’s airways, your lungs are more prone to collapse. According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, patients who smoke before surgery are:
- 80% more likely to have a heart attack
- 73% more likely to have a stroke
- 57% more likely to suffer cardiac arrest
The good news is that smokers who quit for at least two weeks prior to their plastic surgery procedure have an average of 41% less healing complications, and this average goes up by 19% for every additional week of time that you are smoke-free before your surgery.
If you have further questions about smoking and plastic surgery, please contact New York City plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today to schedule your consultation at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery. You can also reach us by phone at (212) 750-9494.