If you are considering a breast enhancement, your surgeon will want to know if you’re a smoker. Individuals who smoke cigarettes can develop a number of complications after surgical procedures, so it is important for patients to understand the associated risks.

Nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood flow, along with tissue-building fibroblast cells, is essential for wounds to heal properly. Nicotine causes blood vessel constriction, which can impede blood flow to incisions and prolong the healing process. This can lead to skin necrosis, infections, and other serious health problems.

To reduce these risks, your breast enhancement surgeon will likely ask you to stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke for at least two weeks prior to your surgery. Your surgeon may even recommend cessation for several weeks after the procedure for the best results.

In addition to stopping smoking, your breast surgeon might ask you to avoid drinking alcohol and stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin and specific non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), because these can thin the blood. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery is committed to ensuring his patients understand these and other important pre-surgery instructions. His expert staff includes a registered nurse and a licensed practical nurse to help answer any questions patients may have about the risks and benefits associated with a breast augmentation.

Contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 to learn more about breast enlargement surgery and our other cosmetic procedures, including periareolar mastopexy, tummy tucks, body lifts, and more. We happily serve patients in Tampa, Naples, Sarasota, St Petersburg, and other communities throughout Florida.