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Can I Eat Edibles After Breast Augmentation: What Patients Need To Know

Dr. Ludwig Allegra

January 26, 2024

Marijuana, pot, weed–the cannabis plant has had many names over the years. It has had many purposes as well. While primarily a recreational drug, cannabis has become widely used in the medical field, gaining popularity as a treatment for chronic pain and anxiety disorders. In the United States, the marijuana market continues to grow, with more states legalizing the use of recreational and medical cannabis.

As more people consume marijuana in its various forms, it has become necessary to delve into its effect on different areas of life–for instance, when you are considering or planning to undergo breast augmentation Bellevue

Can I Use Cannabis Before Surgery?

If you are a regular cannabis user, there are a couple of steps you need to take before your breast augmentation.

The most important thing to do before surgery is to talk to your surgeon. Have an open and honest conversation about your cannabis use, whether it is legal or not in your state. Your surgeon needs to know how much marijuana you consume, how often, and in what form. More than likely, your surgeon will tell you to cease all cannabis products for 4 to 6 weeks leading up to your procedure.

If you are also a smoker or vaper, you will need to discontinue smoking for a 4 to 6-week period as well. Cigarettes and vape pens contain nicotine, a stimulant drug that causes your arteries to constrict, preventing normal blood flow. What blood can get to the surgery site will be lacking oxygen and heavy in carbon monoxide, making your body tissue less prime for surgery and post-op healing.

Marijuana does not have the same effect on the body as nicotine, but it can still cause unwanted complications if taken too close to surgery. Studies show that it can take a significantly higher dose of anesthesia to have the desired effect on a cannabis user as a non-marijuana user. Anesthesia in higher doses is rough on the body and can cause a patient to experience dangerously low blood pressure or difficulty waking from the medicines.

Can I Eat Edibles After Surgery?

When can you resume eating edibles after breast augmentation Bellevue? Your surgeon will advise you to wait to begin consuming edibles post-surgery until your anesthesia has completely worn off. Elimination of the anesthesia can take several days to weeks, depending on your body’s response to surgery. Most surgeons may recommend allowing your body 2 to 4 weeks to rid itself of anesthesia. Some doctors may even suggest a more extensive period if you are still taking the pain medicines prescribed to you after surgery since mixing high-power pain medicines and cannabis could have negative effects. 


If you have elected to undergo breast augmentation, Northwest Face & Body is the place for you. Dr. Ludwig Allegra is an expert in cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation. He can address any concerns you may have before and after your procedure.


Dr. Ludwig Allegra

Dr. Ludwig Allegra has provided Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas with premier plastic surgery procedures for over two decades.