Does Smoking before Breast Augmentation affect Results?

I smoke 2 packs a day. I have for the past 9 years. I guess I am old school because I still do not think that smoking has a negative impact on my health. It relaxes me and I love burning a rig. Will this prevent me from being able to get a breast augmentation? I know doctors are always asking if you smoke before big surgeries so I just wanted to check.


F, 32, New York

Smoking DEFINITELY impacts your health and DEFINITELY increases your risk of healing after surgery.   In my practice we strongly suggest to our patients who smoke to quit at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.  In the case of someone who smokes 2 packs a day, I would recommend a full 6 weeks prior to surgery.  You would also be required to sign a smokers consent that lists the risks associated with smoking and surgery as well as the potential complications that can arise because of smoking.  Make sure that you share your smoking history with your surgeon. 

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Hi.  Smoking DEFINITELY increases your risk of having healing problems after any type of surgery.  If you are otherwise healthy, your PS will likely allow you to have the surgery.  But it would be in your best interest to quit all nicotine for 6-8 weeks prior to surgery, to give your body every chance to heal appropriately... especially since this is elective surgery.

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