What effect do smoking, alcohol and drugs have on breast reduction surgery?
Smoking, drinking large amounts of alcohol and taking recreational drugs can all increase the risk of complications occurring during and after your breast reduction surgery. Alcohol can react badly with any pain medication you may be prescribed and it can negatively impact the healing process. Smoking in particular can increase the risk of developing infections and can also delay wound healing. You must therefore stop smoking or using any nicotine products at least 6 weeks before and after your procedure.