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If you are having an aesthetic surgery, you should definitely follow the warnings of your plastic surgeon. It is to prevent serious complications that may occur if it tells you not to smoke.

You may think of a thought or question as follows: Although you have continued smoking after surgical interventions such as gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, you may have the idea that no adverse effects have occurred. But your opinion is wrong in plastic surgery and it is very important to feed the skin, fats and muscles with blood in accordance with the techniques applied in plastic surgery such as face lifting, breast lifting, breast reduction or tummy tuck.

Although vertical incisions are made in other surgical interventions, a horizontal incision is made in plastic surgery to perform stretching on the skin. In contrast to the vertical incision, the vast majority of the vessels are cut during the horizontal incision. In order for the remaining vessels to feed the skin, fat and muscle tissue, they must be protected from all kinds of negative effects.

Nicotine gum, patches, snuff, tobacco chewing, cigarettes, pipes, cigars and electronic cigarettes are also not innocent of normal cigarettes. They all contain nicotine and cause the vessels to contract and shrink in diameter, disrupting the nutrition of the tissues. Tissue-impaired tissues undergo necrosis and subsequent infection also results in dramatic tissue loss.

When you continue to consume products containing nicotine, you should be aware that the results we aim with plastic surgery will be adversely affected and will cause serious complications such as:

  • Skin and nipple loss after plastic surgery procedures such as lifting, augmentation and reduction
  • Infections
  • Fat necrosis, cavitation, hard mass formations
  • Delayed wound healing
  • The formation of large scars
  • Increasing severe pain
  • Permanent minor vessel damage, even if you quit
  • Loss of breast implants
  • Life-threatening complications such as stroke, heart attack, blood clots, and pneumoni


Fat necrosis after abdominoplasty surgery EN blog image
Fat necrosis, cavitation and superimposed infection as a complication after a tummy tuck surgery in a smoking patient

If you smoke, if you do not want to be exposed to one or more of the above-mentioned complications, we recommend that you quit smoking 1-1.5 months before and after surgery.

Even if you take a puff, nicotine in it will be enough to disrupt the oxygenation of the tissues by causing narrowing of your blood vessels in the region where the surgery is performed.

Do not let the people around you smoke. Because there will be nicotine in the smoke you breathe that the smokers release into the air.

If you don’t want to risk your life and want better aesthetic results, stay away from cigarette and their equivalents!

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