Monday, July 31, 2017

Smoking and Plastic Surgery: A Dangerous Combination

Before getting plastic surgery, there are a few lifestyle changes a patient may have to make to make the surgery and recovery process successful.  A few changes your plastic surgeon may recommend are changing your diet, drinking more water, or discontinuing the use of certain supplements.  One major lifestyle change many plastic surgeons recommend of every patient in order to be eligible for a procedure is quitting smoking. 

Body by Motoki: Requirements
Because we care about the overall well-being of our patients, we will not perform procedures on individuals whose smoking habit will jeopardize their recovery.  As such, we require a patient to quit smoking and all forms of nicotine exposure for a minimum of 6 weeks before and after surgery.

Why is this a requirement?
Nicotine, a chemical found in cigarettes, e-cigarettes, patches, gum, snuff, chewing tobacco, pipes, and cigars, has several significant adverse effects on the body.  One of these major effects is shrinkage of the blood vessels which results in overall decreased blood flow.  After plastic surgery, the body relies on blood to help the recovery process. Limited blood flow caused by smoking can hinder or extremely delay proper healing from a procedure.  Also, individuals who are exposed to nicotine are more likely to have procedure-related complications including blood clots, infection, and loss of tissue.

If you considering undergoing plastic surgery and are a nicotine user, there are several resources available to help you stop.  These include support groups, counseling and smoking cessation resources.  Begin your nicotine-free journey to a healthier you TODAY!

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