Smoking After Rhinoplasty – can I smoke after rhinoplasty?

Smocking after nose job surgery

Smoking after rhinoplasty is a challenge for smokers. The common questions of these people are as follows:

  • When can I smoke after rhinoplasty? 
  • Is it bad to smoke after nose surgery?
  • What happens if I smoke after surgery?
  • Does smoking affect the healing process?

We are here to answer these questions. If you have recently had a nose job in Iran, read this article.

Smoking affects the result of rhinoplasty. Smoking also slows down the healing process. That’s why you have to stop using cigarettes and smoking. The best time is from two weeks before nose surgery to two weeks after the operation.

When can I smoke after rhinoplasty? (smoking after rhinoplasty)

When can I smoke after rhinoplasty? if you ask us this question, we suggest you stop using tobacco for two weeks after your nose job. Some surgeons recommend that you avoid any nicotine include:

  • Cigarettes
  • Gums
  • Patches
  • Secondhand smoke

From one week before nose surgery to one month after the operation. Allow your body to breathe cleaner during this time. Blood flow will also be normalized and you will get many other benefits. This is one of the most important measures before surgery. 

Of course, it is best to quit smoking forever if you can. 

Why should I quit smoking?

Generally, smoking causes disease such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Lung diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Is it bad to smoke after nose surgery?

Tobacco has different toxic and harmful materials which are damaging to the body. When we talk about the appropriateness of rhinoplasty conditions, a golden rule applies to everyone: No smoking! Non-smoking is a preventative measure that all plastic specialists and surgeons emphasize. 

If you are a smoker, although you are not a good candidate for rhinoplasty right now, with a little effort you can qualify. Consult an experienced surgeon before making a decision. Tell your surgeon about your smoking habits. Together you can make a plan to quit smoking (for temporary or permanent quit smoking).

How bad is Smoking After rhinoplasty – and Before it?

If you don’t quit smoking during recovery, you should expect the following side effects:

  • Delay or improper wound healing
  • Necrosis or loss of skin – a type of skin cell death
  • Narrowing of blood vessels due to nicotine 
  • Nicotine stays in the body for more than two weeks
  • Reduced oxygen and blood flow to the treatment area
  • Increased risk of reacting to anesthesia
  • Severe bleeding
  • Increased risk of infection

What happens if I smoke after surgery?

People who have a high consumption of cigarettes will face problems after rhinoplasty. For the nose job, we have to be said that both anesthesia and the result of surgery will be influenced. Smoker persons are prone to breathing problems during and after anesthesia. Due to the nicotine in cigarettes, the nasal vein becomes narrow. Therefore, the recovery after nose surgery will be disturbed (It harms the result of surgery). So, we recommend that you give up smoking one week before the operation to one month after that.

Does smoking affect the healing process?

If you smoke after rhinoplasty, it can affect the result of the surgery. It can also inhibit your body’s ability to heal. Smoking material like cigarettes or tobacco pipe affects the wound healing process. Wound healing can not be done properly for you. During the rhinoplasty, the skin is separated off the skeleton and needs to be attached again. Regarding this fact for people who smoke, this healing process is not done correctly. As we said, nicotine narrows blood vessels. As a result, it doesn’t allow nutrients to reach the treatment area easily.

When you don’t smoke can be a good time to exercise. Doing exercise can improve your blood circulation, which in turn improves the healing process. Of course, consult your surgeon too. Your surgeon may advise you to rest for a week after the surgery and don’t certain exercises, except walking.