Will I Need to Stop Smoking Before Breast Surgery?

Plastic Surgeons serving Denver, Littleton, and Surrounding Areas in Colorado


At Grossman Plastic Surgery, we always recommend that our Denver-area patients quit smoking a few weeks before they undergo breast surgery.

We understand this can be difficult. However, the medical evidence gleaned from decades of performing breast augmentations and other breast surgeries is clear: giving up smoking aids healing and recovery.

Smoking damages your skin and inhibits wound healing. And so far as your body is concerned, a surgical incision is a wound.

Further, the nicotine in cigarettes can stimulate the production of blood clots, which you don’t want when you’re recovering from major breast surgery.

Our plastic surgeons will give you a more detailed timetable prior to your procedure, but we generally recommend that patients refrain from smoking for at least two weeks before undergoing breast surgery.

Of course, it’s a good idea to quit smoking permanently, even if you don’t have a breast surgery in your future. Smoking is bad for your health and your skin. Put simply, quitting will help you live longer and look better.

If you’re a Denver, Colorado woman with questions about breast surgery preparation, please contact Grossman Plastic Surgery today