Why is smoking so harmful for surgery?

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July 12, 2013

Smoking severely reduces blood supply to the breast tissue and skin. It delays healing and can be responsible for skin or nipple loss, wound infection, bad scars, and other complications that may require corrective surgery. It is therefore essential to stop smoking completely for at least three weeks before surgery. Simply cutting back is not enough. Nicotine containing patches and gum are equally harmful.


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