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Smoking Before and After Rhinoplasty

Effects of Smoking before and After Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most promising surgical treatments in terms of achieving the nose shape that you have always wanted. It can be effective in terms of providing you with a boost in self-esteem and it can also make your nose more proportionate to the shape of your face. Nonetheless, in spite of the many benefits of rhinoplasty, such will only be apparent once it is done by a specialist rhinoplasty surgeon, and more importantly, if you follow the surgeon’s pre operative and post operative instructions.

Among others, one that you will be most commonly advised is to stop from smoking before and after the surgery. Some people might opt to ignore it, believing that smoking will not do any harm for them. However, there should be more information on why smoking before and after rhinoplasty can be detrimental to your final results.


Why You Should Quit Smoking Before Your Rhinoplasty

  • Your anaesthesia may be significantly weakened and wear out faster by smoking before rhinoplasty
  • During rhinoplasty, anesthesia will be used to numb the area that will be treated, and hence, minimising or eliminating pain. However, if you smoke before the surgery, the effects of anesthesia can easily wear out.


Why You Should Quit Smoking After Your Rhinoplasty

  • It slows down your blood circulation

To become a good candidate for rhinoplasty, there are certain things that must be present. Among others, expect that you will be asked by your surgeon to stop smoking a couple of weeks before the operation. This is for the purpose of being able to prevent the constriction of blood vessels. If you smoke, blood vessels constrict which minimises circulation. If you smoke, this can have an impact on the healing process after the surgery.

  • It increases the chances of an infection

More so, smoking can also increase the likelihood that you will suffer from infections and inhibited wounds. Again, this can be attributed as a result of poor circulation. Because of the possibility of being infected, you can expect the healing process to be longer, and the outcome may not be exactly what you have initially envisioned.


The more disruptions caused to your recovery, increases the chances of your recovery affecting your final results of your procedure.


  • It can cause more bleeding of the nose after surgery,

Excessive bleeding is another problem that could frequently occurs if you smoke before and after rhinoplasty. While there is bleeding that can be experienced after undergoing rhinoplasty, such is only minimal. It can become more difficult to control when you smoke.

  • Risk of skin necrosis

Medical experts have also warned that smoking can lead into skin necrosis. This is because it can result into shortage of oxygen supply, which, consequently, can lead to the death of your healthy tissues. Scarring and skin loss can also be experienced, which can often be irreversible. This should give you more reason to quite smoking before and after rhinoplasty.


With all of these things, it is apparent that giving up smoking before and after rhinoplasty is very highly recommended. If you want to optimise your results, lessen the complications, and speed up the recovery process, just say goodbye to cigarettes.

For more information about having a cosmetic nose procedure, visit our Rhinoplasty Page. or to arrange a consultation, email us at info@berkeleysquaremedical.com.




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