Can I smoke after having a rhinoplasty?

Can I smoke after having a rhinoplasty?

If you’re a nose surgery patient in Seattle  who also smokes (or vapes, or uses chewing tobacco), you might be concerned about how your habit will influence your healing. Yes, that’s the resounding response! It can potentially make your procedure more difficult. Dr Joseph Shvidler  tells all of his patients that they can’t smoke for at least two weeks before and after surgery.

Why Does Smoking Affect the Recovery After Rhinoplasty?

Smoking has a negative impact on the healing process after a rhinoplasty because it narrows your blood vessels. You want to make sure you have the best blood flow after rhinoplasty, or any surgery for that matter, so you can heal as soon and effectively as possible.

You see, our blood is a stream that travels via a convoluted network of arteries and veins to carry cells and antibodies to every area of our body. Your body must function at its peak to deliver nutrients to your nose after rhinoplasty and promote healing.

However, Dallas patients who decide to maintain their habit during their recovery process experience delayed healing because nicotine usage constricts blood vessels. Additionally, the longer it takes for you to heal completely, the higher your risk is for complications, like infections at the incision sites.

For the best possible recovery, Dr Joseph Shvidler  advises all of his patients to give up smoking, vaping, and chewing tobacco for at least two weeks following their rhinoplasty.
Smoking’s Impact on Your Surgery

We now know that smoking causes blood vessels to contract. What’s this? Blood flow during your treatment may be limited by blood vessel constriction, which might make your surgery for a nose job more challenging to accomplish. You obviously want the day of your procedure to go as smoothly as possible. Because of this, Dr Joseph Shvidler also requires that people who are getting facial plastic surgery stop smoking for at least two weeks before their procedures.

Getting Support for Refusing

We’ve all heard how difficult it is to quit smoking. If you’re thinking about getting a nose job, it may be time to make the decision to stop permanently. You can utilize over-the-counter smoking cessation aids like step-down nicotine gum, lozenges, or patches prior to surgery. You can also go to your primary care doctor  to get a prescription for medicine that has been shown to lessen nicotine cravings.

You can enroll in a smoking cessation program that will assist with the psychological and social components of quitting as well, if over-the-counter or prescription drugs aren’t effective for you. Ask your primary care doctor or Dr Joseph Shvidler during your first appointment for a recommendation.

You may ask Dr Joseph Shvidler any questions you may have

Don’t be hesitant to ask Dr Joseph Shvidler about smoking and nose job recovery or how to stop when you have your initial consultation with him or leave a message

The most crucial thing is to be truthful. Although Dr Joseph Shvidler is very concerned about giving you the surgical outcomes you want, your general health and surgical safety are his top priorities. Dr Joseph Shvidler must be informed if the day of your surgery approaches and you haven’t been able to quit smoking.


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    William Portuese MD
    Joseph Shvidler MD

    Seattle, Washington 98104

    (206) 624-6200

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