Achieving your personal best: Heart, Lungs, Life & Plastic SurgeryTuesday, November 16th, 2010, 6:07 pm
Thanks to the advancement and comprehensive studies about cigarette smoke, we are more educated now about the negative effects of first and second hand smoke than any other generation. Research has successfully proven that smoking speeds up the aging process, stains our teeth, causes shortness of breath, and more importantly greatly increases our risk of getting cancer, emphysema, vascular disease, and many more serious illnesses. Avoiding all types of smoking is highly recommended by Dr.Alexander when planning for an elective plastic surgery procedure.
If the reasons above weren't enough to "butt out"" your smoke, maybe a little knowledge on the effects smoking has on plastic surgery will. Oxygen is a vital factor that contributes to proper wound healing. It is important in fighting infection, helps in keeping tissues alive and delivers important medications including antibiotics. In active and some inactive smokers, carbon monoxide may attach to oxygen which restricts the oxygen and blood flow into the tissues and surgical area.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!?!
It means these patients are more vulnerable to complications such as, increased risk of infection, a prolonged bruising period, poor wound healing, tissue loss, a possibility of hypertrophic or keloid scarring, increased risk of pulmonary issues, and more. Furthermore, it is not the ideal outcome for a cosmetic surgery.
Investing in plastic surgery is the perfect opportunity to improve your appearance. If you are a smoker, we may provide you with brochures and information in our office to help kick that bad habit! You can even attempt to use your surgical date as a personal goal and quit smoking altogether!! Explore a new path and enjoy your healthier life!
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