Why is smoking so harmful for surgery?

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July 12, 2013

Smoking severely reduces blood supply to the skin and also delays healing. Facial skin loss around the ears can occur in those that smoke. Disfiguring scars can result that may require revisional 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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