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Plastic Surgery Risks for Smokers

By December 15, 2011 No Comments


Thinking about having Plastic Surgery? If you are a smoker, no matter how seldom you smoke, you could be at higher risks when it comes to healing after plastic surgery.

What cigarette smoke does to you:

Brain
Reduces oxygen supply. Increases risk of stroke. Causes depression, headaches and mood changes
Eyes
Doubles your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration (deterioration of eyesight)

Lungs
Causes four out of five deaths from bronchitis, emphysema (chronic breathing difficulty) and lung cancer. Increases the risk of pneumonia and makes asthma worse

Arms and legs
Damages blood vessels and circulation, which can cause ulcers and gangrene and lead to amputation

Abdominal area
Increases risk of cancers of the stomach, pancreas, bladder, cervix, kidney and liver. Increases the risk of stomach ulcers and diabetes, and worsens their symptoms. Can bring on the menopause up to two years early

Heart
Raises heart rate, blood pressure, constricts blood vessels, reduces oxygen supply. Causes one in four deaths from heart disease

Circulation
Narrows and hardens the arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke

Blood
Raises blood pressure. Increases cholesterol levels

Mouth
Increases the risk of mouth and throat cancers, gum disease and tooth loss. Reduces your sense of taste and smell

Skin
Delays wound healing. Causes early wrinkling and ageing of the skin. Doubles the risk of psoriasis (dry, scaly skin)

Bones and joints
Weakens bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones)

Plastic Surgery and cigarettes don’t mix. Period! If your opting to do something great for yourself, aside from improving your looks with aesthetic surgery, do yourself a favor and quit smoking!

To learn more about the risks of smoking and its negative affects on Plastic Surgery, call us today!

310.853.5147