Can I still have surgery if I smoke or vape nicotine products?

Most surgeons will require you to stop smoking or using any products containing nicotine (including vaping) between 6 and 12 weeks before and after your procedure. Nicotine dramatically reduces your body's ability to heal by constricting (cutting off) blood flow. This can have a significant impact on wound healing and your final results. It may also interfere with certain medications.

In general, if you are considering any kind of surgery it's ideal for you to stop smoking ahead of time. Your GP, pharmacist or local stop smoking service can be a great source of help.

Published: Wednesday, 25 September 2019

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