For fear of post-operative complications related to smoking, more than 40% of patients quit smoking. So ? Does cosmetic surgery really help stop smoking?
To undergo rhinoplasty, breast reduction or face lift, patients who smoke must stop smoking for at least two weeks before and after the procedure. Some cosmetic surgeons even require a stop of 8 weeks before and after the procedure.
A temporary weaning that very often leads to a definite cessation of smoking, shows a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Surgeons University of British Columbia (Canada) came to this encouraging conclusion after questioning 42 patients. The vast majority were older women averaging 40 years. All the doctors had explained to them that smoking could greatly complicate the healing process and have disastrous consequences.
The scientific literature shows that smoking patients are 12 times more likely to suffer from post-operative complications than non-smokers. Due to the poor oxygenation of the blood caused by smoking, the operated areas may necrotize. Edema may occur, as well as phlebitis and pulmonary embolism.
A table that seems to stimulate smokers operated. For 5 years after the operation, about 40% stopped smoking daily, and nearly a quarter are completely weaned. For more than 70% of patients, the exposure of postoperative risks by their surgeon was the trigger.
However, half of the patients said they did not follow their surgeon's instructions exactly before the procedure. Nearly a quarter said they had continued until day J. The most serious post-operative complications were observed in patients who continued to smoke.
For the authors, the results of this small study suggest that smokers are more motivated to quit smoking if doctors illustrate the harm of smoking with specific examples, rather than showing the benefits of smoking cessation.