Michelle Copeland, D.M.D, M.D., F.A.C.S., P.C.
I want to have breast augmentation surgery. How long before the procedure do I have to stop smoking?
I can’t stress it enough: A cigarette habit greatly compromises healing. Smoking damages skin, keeps incisions from repairing and worsens scarring. Moreover, nicotine, which gets into the bloodstream, can cause blood clots. Smoking triggers the release of skin-damaging free radicals, increases swelling, worsens scarring, and impedes healing by limiting blood flow to the skin.
If you smoke, you should refrain for at least two weeks before your procedure and two weeks after. I’d far prefer it, of course, if you started cutting back well before that two-week mark. It’s a bad idea to be smoking regularly before you have surgery, and an even worse idea after.
I am a diabetic who currently does not have good control over my sugar. I am 5’6" and weigh 125 pounds. I am considering a lip augmentation and liposuction for my stomach. Does my diabetes put me at risk for having these procedures done?
If you have a history of a chronic disease, such as hypertension or diabetes, you may still be able to undergo elective surgery. While surgery can be stressful, and any kind of stress can have a negative effect on your health, most contemporary plastic surgery ( particular lip augmentation and liposuction) doesn't require the use of general anesthesia, and is followed by a quick recovery so it is not likely to put you at any increased medical risk. It's best to speak to your primary care doctor about these issues beforehand. Of course, be forthright with your