Breast augmentation offers our Maryland patients a variety of benefits, including a beautiful figure and improved self-confidence. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are still complications that can occur. These complications can increase if you are a smoker.
Here are five reasons why women should stop smoking before considering breast enhancement surgery.
- Nicotine decreases blood flow. Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor and vastly reduces blood flow in the body. Combining this with a surgical incision, which also decreases flow, can put breast tissue at a high risk and is a dangerous combination that should be avoided.
- It is poisonous. Carbon monoxide is released into the bloodstream every time you ingest nicotine. Increased carbon monoxide levels have a negative effect on blood oxygen levels which makes surgery more risky.
- It increases the risk of an anesthesia complication. All anesthesiologists suggest that patients be smoke free every time an anesthetic is used. During surgery, anesthesiologists have to work harder to keep smokers breathing because the lungs are corrupted by smoke and tar.
- It breaks down collagen. In a cosmetic surgery, like breast augmentation, collagen is important and keeps the skin healthy and restorative. For a surgery that is largely about improving appearance, this should be considered.
- It increases recovery time. With lower oxygen levels, more inflammation could occur. Smoking takes a usually non-invasive procedure and adds complications both during and after surgery.
If you are thinking about getting breast augmentation in Maryland, contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery today online or at (301) 567-6767. We welcome patients from Washington DC and Virginia, including Alexandria and Fairfax.