When Smokers Get Surgery

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Many women question why they need to give up smoking before plastic surgery. The answer is simple: smoking and nicotine deprive your body of oxygen, and that oxygen is essential not only to heal safely, but also to healing well.

It’s imperative that you quit smoking at least two weeks before you undergo surgery and as many as eight weeks after surgery. This means no cigarettes or cigars, no nicotine patches or gum, and certainly no snuff.

Although this may seem difficult, not smoking for several weeks may ultimately help you quit for life. And, as you probably know and hear all the time, the benefits of quitting for good go well beyond better healing after surgery.

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