Title

Smoking and skin surgery: do smokers get more complications following skin surgery?

Date of this Version

1-1-2009

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Dixon, Anthony J., Dixon, M. P., Dixon, J. B., & Del Mar, C. B. (2009) Smoking and skin surgery: do smokers get more complications following skin surgery?

Available online from Skincanceronly.

Copyright © Dixon, Anthony J., Dixon, M. P., Dixon, J. B., & Del Mar, C. B., & Skincanceronly, 2009.

Abstract

Extract:

Smoking has been regarded as a risk factor for poor outcomes following skin surgery. Studies have suggested that skin wound healing and flap necrosis is worse in smokers than non smokers. Ex-smokers are said to have no greater complications than smokers.

We sought to evaluate whether active smokers suffer more complications following skin surgery compared with non smokers and ex smokers. These complications include: infection, flap necrosis, scar complications and wound dehiscence.