Why is it important to quit smoking before surgery?

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


Plain and simple, smoking is unhealthy. It can lead to heart attacks, emphysema, cancer, and a host of other awful diseases and complications. Another side-effect of smoking is that it makes even the most common of surgical procedures more dangerous.

If you are considering a cosmetic procedure and are a smoker, here are some reasons you should quit before your procedure.

Increases risk of infection

Smoking alters your immune system so your body will have a harder time fighting off infection if you smoke.

It slows down recovery time

Chances of inflammation after a procedure increases due to decreased levels of oxygen in smokers.

It can cause blood clots

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and reduces blood flow in the body. This can drastically increase the chance of a dangerous clot.

It can affect anesthesia

Anesthesiologists have to work harder to keep smokers breathing regularly because smoke and tar have constricted the lungs. 

There are several other reasons why you should quit smoking, if you are considering a surgical or cosmetic procedure of any kind, please take these risks into consideration before electing to undergo a procedure.

If you have more questions about surgical procedures, and live in the Denver area, contact Grossman plastic surgery at 303-320-5566.