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Monday, January 25, 2016

Gynecomastia Surgery and Smoking, NOT a Good Combination

“Smoking Hazards for the Gynecomastia Surgery Patient” 

We are all aware of the health risks smoking causes and how addictive cigarettes are. However, not everyone realizes there are over 250 toxins in cigarette smoke, or that there are short term dangers besides long term consequences.

There are guidelines given to all gynecomastia surgery patients that must be followed to ensure safety and optimal results. Miguel Delgado, M.D. gives all of his cosmetic surgery patients a comprehensive booklet that details all pre-operative and post-operative instructions. Among other warnings, Dr. Delgado emphasizes the importance of no smoking for the surgery patient for a minimum of two weeks prior surgery and two weeks after surgery.

Gynecomastia and Smoking-San Jose, Ca

It is tempting for the smoker to think maybe one cigarette here and there won’t matter, but it does. Nicotine can be responsible for blood clots forming by constricting the blood vessels, which results in blood flow reduction. If blood flow is hampered, the cells in the tissues may die, leading to necrosis, which makes debridement necessary. Debridement is the surgical excision of the dead tissue that may leave the surgical result somewhat compromised.

Stop Smoking before Gynecomastia Surgery

Due to the seriousness of smoking complications for the surgery patient, several studies have been done. One study was conducted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The results of the study were quite astounding; smoker’s probability of developing pneumonia is 50% higher than non-smokers, 57% higher for cardiac arrest, 73% higher for stroke and a whopping 80% higher risk for a heart attack!

Another study done by The European Society of Anesthesiology showed results that smokers required 33% more anesthesia during surgery, and 23% more pain medication after surgery. Patients exposed to second-hand smoke needed 20% more anesthesia, and 18% more pain medication.

There is help for patients who smoke. Dr. Delgado has prescribed drugs such as Chantix to help his patients kick the habit and move forward with their gynecomastia surgery goals.

Call now (415) 898-4161 or email to schedule an appointment with Miguel Delgado, M.D.