Smoking After Rhinoplasty

Smoking After Rhinoplasty

Smoking is not at all healthily and it can cause several health issues. However, there are some situations where smoking can be more dangerous than it normally is. One such situation is prior to a surgery. If you are planning on having a rhinoplasty done, then you should stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure. Also, smoking after rhinoplasty should be avoided until the entire healing process finishes.

Smoking tends to constrict the blood vessels and it restricts the flow of blood to the surgery site. Hence, when a person smokes after rhinoplasty, insufficient oxygen rich blood will go to the site of the surgery. This will delay the healing process. In addition, there is another risk of smoking. People who smoke prior to and after rhinoplasty enhance their risk of getting necrosis, scarring and suffering from skin loss.

In a study done by the Medical College of Wisconsin, it was proved that smoking prior to having a surgery can reduce the flow of blood to the heart. Researchers found that people who smoked twenty-four hours before a surgery suffered from insufficient supply of oxygen to the heart. This was twenty times more than people who did not smoke or who were smokers earlier.

Also, smoking after rhinoplasty can cause many other complications and problems. The person could have an obstructed airway, suffer from asymmetry of the nose and have bleeding. In some cases, where people smoked after rhinoplasty, it was seen that the post-surgery bleeding continued for as long as 4 weeks and the problem had to be fixed by packing the nose with dressing.

While smoking after rhinoplasty does not affect the results of the surgery, it will adversely affect the healing process. For instance, one side of the nose could end up with more scar tissue compared to the other, or it could adversely affect the soft tissue and this could alter the outcome of the surgery.

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