The nicotine is a vasoconstrictor. Meaning it shrinks the blood vessels so less blood and less oxygen are used for the healing of the tissues. Therefore, leading to poor quality wound healing and possible tissue loss.
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How does smoking affect the outcome of plastic surgery?
Robert Grafton, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, answered
What are the possible complications of lipoplasty?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
A lipoplasty (liposuction) procedure carries the risk of serious complications. Surgical risks include reacting badly to anesthesia, bleeding, and infection. The skin surface may look lumpy or wrinkled as a result of low skin elasticity or uneven fat suction, and the skin may look splotchy because of damage by the suction tool; both of these conditions may be permanent. Nerve damage from tools may lead to numbness, and if used incorrectly, tools can seriously damage tissue and organs. Additional surgery may be necessary to correct some complications, such as a severe skin infection or an organ puncture. Death is highly unlikely but possible.
When would I have a breast tissue expander put into my chest?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
At Johns Hopkins, our breast surgical oncologists insert a breast tissue expander beneath your skin and chest muscle during your mastectomy procedure. A mastectomy is a surgery that removes your breast to treat breast cancer.
Then, over several weeks or months, a nurse practitioner will periodically inject a salt-water solution through a tiny valve mechanism located inside the expander. This will gradually fill the expander. You may feel a sensation of stretching and pressure in the breast area during this procedure, but most women find it is not too uncomfortable.
This breast tissue expander process will usually begin three to four weeks after your mastectomy, once your drains are removed, and will continue until the size is slightly larger than your other breast. After the skin over the breast area has stretched enough, the expander will be removed in a second operation and 5dc your doctor will either perform a flap reconstruction, using tissue from other parts of your body to rebuild the breast, or insert a permanent implant. In a later procedure, your surgeon will reconstruct your nipple and the dark skin surrounding it, which is called the areola.
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