Updated: Aug 29
Smoking can have a significant negative impact on the healing process after Funsculpting HD Liposuction, as well as on general surgical outcomes. Funsculpting is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat deposits from specific areas of the body. Smoking and the toxins in cigarette smoke, can hinder the body's natural healing mechanisms in several ways:
Reduced Oxygen Supply:
Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen carried by red blood cells due to carbon monoxide's presence in cigarette smoke. Oxygen is essential for wound healing and tissue repair, and reduced oxygen levels can impair the body's ability to heal effectively.
Impaired Blood Flow:
Nicotine in cigarettes constricts blood vessels, leading to reduced blood flow to the surgical site. Proper blood circulation is crucial for delivering nutrients and immune cells necessary for healing and preventing infections.
Delayed Wound Healing:
Smoking can delay the wound healing process by affecting collagen production and fibroblast activity. Collagen is a protein that forms the structural framework of the skin and other tissues. Impaired collagen production can lead to slower wound closure and increased risk of scarring. According to Mendota Health, a national mobile wound care company "The risk of wound infection doubles for smokers! Neutrophils, the cells in blood that fight infection, function is limited by chemicals in cigarette smoke. Neutrophils are like the “bodyguard” cells, and without them being able to function fully, your body has a harder time protecting itself against infection." You can read more about smoking and wound healing in their blog How Smoking Affects Wound Healing ARTICLE.
Increased Risk of Infections:
Smoking weakens the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infections. Surgical wounds are already vulnerable to infections, and smoking can further increase this risk.
Higher Risk of Complications:
The combination of reduced blood flow, compromised oxygen delivery, delayed wound healing, and increased infection risk can lead to more complications after surgery. These complications may include poor wound healing, excessive scarring, tissue necrosis (death of tissue), and increased pain.
Longer Recovery Time:
Due to the factors mentioned above, smokers often experience longer recovery times compared to non-smokers. This can extend the discomfort and downtime associated with the liposuction procedure.
Given these negative effects, many surgeons recommend that patients refrain from smoking before and after surgery. Here at Blue Wolf Transformations, we require patients to quit smoking 30 days before Funsculpting to minimize the risks of complications.
If you are considering Funsculpting or any surgical procedure, it's important to have a candid discussion with your healthcare provider about your smoking habits. They can provide guidance on how to prepare for surgery, reduce risks, and optimize your healing process.
Quitting smoking, even temporarily around the time of surgery, can significantly improve your surgical outcomes and overall health.
*AI assisted in writing of this blog with adaptation and editing by Blue Wolf Transformations staff.