Today, we’re examining a crucial subject: vaping and its increasing prevalence in contemporary society. It’s remarkable how many people are unaware that vaping is essentially a form of smoking. We have encountered patients who attempted to downplay their vaping habits, only to experience complications like delayed healing and post-surgery discomfort. This article aims to shed light on the concealed risks of vaping and emphasises the significance of quitting before (and after) your cosmetic surgery.
Vaping: A Deceptive Habit
It’s easy to assume that vaping is a less harmful alternative to cigarettes, especially when indulging in a variety of fruity flavours. However, it’s crucial to recognise that vaping is, essentially, smoking in a different guise. We have had multiple patients who believed they were enjoying harmless fruit-flavoured vapes, but when we assessed their Cotinine levels (a nicotine byproduct), the results were astonishing.
One patient’s Cotinine level equated to smoking a staggering 35 cigarettes a day. She was as surprised as we were, and immediately shared her experience with her friends.
The Power of Knowledge
In today’s digital age, remaining uninformed really is a conscious choice. With a smartphone in your pocket, you have access to a wealth of information, much of it reputable. While political discussions can often be contentious, reliable health-related information is readily available online. It is imperative to educate yourself before undergoing any surgery, and vaping should be a primary concern on your checklist.
Preparation for Surgery
Before any cosmetic procedure, it is essential to optimise your health. This involves paying attention to your diet, ensuring you receive adequate amino acids and protein, taking a multi-vitamin, and maintaining adequate zinc levels. Engaging in gentle exercise prior to surgery can also enhance your overall health and fitness. However, one of the most critical steps is to quit smoking or vaping, with a minimum of six weeks before surgery, ideally extending to two weeks after. We will arrange a blood test to monitor your progress and provide assistance in your quitting journey.
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Short-Term and Long-Term Risks
We are aware of the long-term risks associated with smoking, including an increased likelihood of heart disease and cancer. Surprisingly, even occasional cigarettes can lead to severe health issues. In the short term, both smoking and vaping elevate carbon monoxide levels in your body, impeding the healing process. This rise in carbon monoxide also heightens the risk of infections, significantly impacting the outcome of your cosmetic surgery.
The Uncertainties of Vaping
What makes vaping particularly concerning is the multitude of unknowns surrounding it. While the long-term hazards of conventional smoking are well understood, vaping is still a topic that is rife with uncertainties. The lack of comprehensive data regarding the safety of vaping warrants caution and makes it appear even riskier than smoking.
Your journey toward cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience. While all surgical or invasive procedures carry risks, smoking and vaping significantly increase these associated risks. The account of a patient who unknowingly had Cotinine levels equivalent to smoking 35 cigarettes a day serves as a reminder of the concealed hazards of vaping.
For additional information, guidance on quitting vaping before your cosmetic surgery procedure, or to book a consultation please don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 NEW YOU, contact us via our website, or engage with us on social media. Your health and well-being are our foremost priorities, and we’re dedicated to supporting you at every stage.