Vaping and Plastic Surgery – They Don’t Mix

 In Cosmetic Procedures

If there has been a common topic to trending news lately, it seems to be about the health risks of vaping. While no one completely understands the sudden surge of news about e-cigarettes and mysterious illnesses potentially relating to their use, there seems to be enough concern to give pause to anyone considering starting to vape.

Dr. Bishop, long recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in Utah, asks that his patients fully disclose all their medications, substance use, smoking or vaping history (including second-hand exposure) before their upcoming cosmetic or restorative surgery.

Vaping and surgery – know your risks

Smoking and surgery have long been accepted as creating a riskier outcome for patients having surgery. Smokers have a higher risk of infections, complications with anesthesia, heart attack, stroke, shock, and sepsis during and after surgery than do non-smokers. Even though e-cigarettes have been loudly marketed as a healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes, this is less than accurate. Vaping still delivers nicotine to the user, which has widespread and documented risks to the body, many of which can increase the added risk of the complications listed above.

What about cosmetic procedures?

Unfortunately, one of the more common risks to patients having cosmetic or restorative surgery that vape is an increased risk for scarring. As such, it is critical for all prospective patients to disclose their exposure to all substances before undergoing their plastic surgery. Utah County residents may feel some embarrassment or shame by admitting to these practices, but as a physician, Dr. Bishop simply needs to know about their use of these chemicals. Our office is a 100 percent judge-free zone.

I vape/smoke; is there help for me to quit?

Indeed there is. Sometimes having a tangible date that you want to stop, such as one to plan for surgery, can help you have the strength to follow through. As nicotine is an addictive substance, you can expect some withdrawal symptoms, which typically peak within the first three to five days after quitting. The two most commonly reported by those who quit include mood changes (irritability) and headaches. The Truth Initiative offers those trying to quit vaping three programs as well as a treasure chest of tips. (https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources/quitting-smoking-vaping/quitting-vaping-here-are-5-tips-handling-nicotine)

Please visit with our office openly about your challenges; we want to help you achieve the best possible outcome!

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