Vaping chemicals ‘prevent skin from healing after plastic surgery
Researchers have published a warning about e-cigs and plastic surgery in the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This is just an example of another poorly written paper sensationalizing vaping and coming to misleading conclusions. See Dr. Farsalinos reaction to the study here.
E-cigarettes drastically increase the risk of complications after plastic surgery, a new report warns.
Patients are already advised to stop smoking normal cigarettes for at least a month before any cosmetic procedure.
Beyond the thousands of added chemicals, the nicotine that users inhale restricts blood flow and prohibits the skin flaps from healing.
Now, in an industry first, researchers backed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have issued an identical warning against vaporized nicotine.
‘Based on our current best knowledge, it seems reasonable to advise plastic surgery candidates to cease e-cigarette use in a manner similar to what is advised for [cigarettes],’ write ASPS member surgeons Dr. Peter Taub and Dr. Alan Matarasso.
They explain that patients who smoke cigarettes tend to have failure of the skin flaps used for many types of plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures.