After years of ignoring warnings from doctors about lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease, most smokers are quick to ignore a surgeon”s disclaimer that you need to toss those cigarettes well before your cosmetic surgery. With both health and surgical results at stake, smoking cessation prior to surgery is vitally important. I believe that, if more patients understood the connection between smoking and surgery, the warnings would not be so frequently ignored.
Results at Risk
Recovery after Seattle cosmetic surgery is incredibly important; the most attractive results can only be accomplished when the body is allowed to recover and heal. Smoking can jeopardize this healing process by:
- Increasing the level of carbon monoxide and decreasing the level of oxygen in your blood.
- Reducing blood flow to the cells.
- Overloading your system with nicotine.
- Increasing the risk of infection.
A Perfect Time to Quit
Cigarettes are incredibly addictive, so in order for people to successfully quit, they must be quitting for their own reasons. Sometimes cosmetic surgery provides the extra motivation that is needed because, for many men and women, the desire to look their best is more important than their desire to smoke. In addition, the American Board of Anesthesiologists has found that the time of surgery is an ideal time to kick the habit because some of the medications used during and after surgery can actually reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Free From Wrinkles, Free From Cigarettes
Many people who come to me considering a Seattle face lift have been lifelong smokers. No one disputes that smoking can cause facial wrinkling and poor skin quality. At the same time smoking can also jeopardize the surgery that improves facial wrinkling and other skin concerns. Cosmetic surgery requires and investment of time and money, so if you”re ready to make the effort to improve your appearance, make the effort to quit smoking as well.