The real question is, “Do you want to risk it?”
Everyone knows the general risks of smoking, and it is known to cause some of the worst diseases: lung cancer, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), heart disease, strokes, diabetes, asthma, reproductive effects, premature babies, blindness (cataracts and macular degeneration), as well as several other cancers.
When dealing with a healing nose after rhinoplasty, two things happen: newly-healing blood vessels grow, and the nose begins to swell. Even smoking one cigarette can delay these blood vessels from growing and significantly contribute to the swelling. And don’t think that vaping or chewing Nicorette will help, either, as the real culprit is nicotine. Although studies have concluded a reduction in wound healing if cessation of smoking occurs two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks following, the nose is a different beast. The increase in swelling after the splint is removed at the beginning of week two is exponential, and gradually decreases by weeks three to six. Delayed swelling can ruin a result – plain and simple.
Consider this an opportunity to free yourself from the slavery of nicotine. Your body, your significant other, your children, and your friends will thank you for it. Remember, it takes seventeen days to form a habit… or break one.