The Risks of Smoking and Plastic Surgery

The Risks of Smoking and Plastic SurgeryRecently featured on CNN was Susan Depiro, a self proclaimed smoker and breast augmentation patient. After warnings from her doctor, Susan decided to quit smoking 2 weeks prior to her cosmetic surgery procedure; but once the procedure was complete, she began smoking cigarettes again just days after surgery. The result? Susan ended up with necrosis, or an infection caused by the dying of the skin, under one of her new breasts.

While this is an extreme case, Susan’s case highlights the potential negative effects of smoking and surgery. Her necrosis was due to lack of circulation, a side effect of nicotine in the blood that can be devastating to surgical patients.

Knowing the negative effects of smoking and plastic surgery, Dr. John LeRoy insists that all of his cosmetic surgery patients quit smoking AT LEAST 2 to 4 weeks before and 2 to 4 weeks after their procedure. Smoking not only causes a lack of circulation, but can lead to problems with healing, increased scarring, and possible infections.

For more information on post surgical care and the procedures that Dr. LeRoy has to offer, contact his office today.