- Patients who smoke cigarettes were at high risk of skin flap failure because nicotine causes impaired blood flow.
- The recommendation is that patients should avoid e-cigarettes for a minimum four weeks before surgery.
- Quitting smoking for a period of 3 to 4 weeks before general surgery could reduce complications by up to 40 percent.
Some plastic surgeons advise smoking patients to stop at least 4 weeks before their procedures. “Vapers” (people who smoke e-cigs) should do the same thing, the plastic surgeons said.
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