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Smoking: Why and How to Quit Before Plastic Surgery

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Are you one of the 1 in 5 Americans who smoke?

Cigarette smoke contains over 250 known toxins [1], but you’ve probably heard all of that before.

So let’s get right to the point: you might not want to quit smoking for good, but if you’re going to get plastic surgery, you’ll have to stop for several weeks beforehand and several weeks afterward. Experts recommend quitting smoking one month before the operation and waiting at least one month after the procedure before you begin to smoke again.

“Smoking around the time of surgery is linked to surgical complications including wound infection, respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, myocardial infarction, prolonged hospital stay, sepsis, shock, and anastomotic leak,” according to the recent review by Dhruv Khullar, Steven Schroeder and John Maa [2].
And an anastomotic leak is even scarier than it sounds — it’s when a sewn-up connection between organs begins to leak fluids.

Despite the risks, 25-30% of people undergoing plastic surgery still smo…