Cosmetic Surgery


Smoking Policy

Important Health Information

The use of any type of tobacco products can have a significant impact on the outcome of any surgical procedure. It is important that you understand the consequences that may follow the surgical procedure in individuals using tobacco products.

Nicotine is a chemical released when tobacco products are used. Nicotine has a very damaging effect on many of our organ system and their function. It is estimated that over 400,000 individuals die prematurely each year in the United States from cigarette use; this represents approximately one out of every five deaths in our country. Cigarette smoking causes cardiovascular disease.

The nicotine affects the body’s blood vessels in a harmful fashion. It causes the vessels to constrict, decreasing the blood flow through the very small blood vessels. This can result in failure of wounds to heal properly and the loss of tissue in the surgical area. This loss can be at times substantial.

It is of critical importance for the patients to understand the effects of nicotine on wound healing. The effects of nicotine persist for several weeks. The importance of cessation of tobacco use several weeks prior to the surgery cannot be overstated.

The surgeon in the operative team cannot control every facet of wound healing in even normal situations. Nicotine can render the outcome of any surgical procedure very unsatisfactorily.

It is important that you understand this information. If you have any questions at all regarding this information we would be happy to further discuss this with you.


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