When you want cosmetic surgery, but you still smoke

cosmetic surgery and smokingWe all know the health dangers brought on by a smoking habit – and if you’re still indulging in tobacco, it’s the time of year where you’re probably already thinking about or are undergoing the process of weaning yourself off. So let’s talk about another reason why you should stop smoking.

Approach any professional and reputable cosmetic clinic about a possible procedure, and one of the first things they’ll want to know is if you smoke. There’s a very good reason for that because the nicotine in cigarettes and the carbon monoxide contained in cigarette smoke can diminish blood flow to various parts of the body. These toxins act as a virtual tourniquet: If the blood flow to a particular body part becomes greatly reduced or halted, that body part suffers damage – and in extreme cases, can die off.

Cosmetic surgery and smoking: blood flow is critical

This can cause no end of health problems in the long term, but also bring their own particular issues during surgery – a time when the affected area of the body needs the blood supply to be at its optimum. Certain procedures are more dependent on a correct and unhindered blood supply than others: anything which restricts that supply needs to be curtailed immediately.

Cosmetic surgery and smoking: advice for vapers

If you’ve weaned yourself off smoking by taking up vaping, you need to be fully aware that you’re probably still taking on board nicotine – and in some cases, you may be consuming more than you did when you were smoking, so you’re strongly advised to keep tabs on the level of nicotine in your vape juice and be ready to scale down.

No matter what the procedure is, and no matter how old or healthy you are, it is the responsibility of the surgeon to  inform you of the risks of smoking immediately before and directly after a procedure – and in many cases, set a date when there is to be no smoking whatsoever.

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