When patients come in to Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists and they are interested in having any type of facial cosmetic procedure, one of the first questions that they will be asked is whether or not they smoke. Smoking causes early aging of the skin, as well as detracts from the appearance of your face.
When considering undergoing a facial cosmetic procedure (or multiple procedures), patients who smoke are encouraged to kick the habit before they invest their time and money into surgical procedures.
Smoking has direct effects on the facial appearance. Smoke from cigarettes (or anything else) drifts upwards and comes into contact with the face. All types of smoke cause drying and burning effects, so you are essentially burning and drying out your face each time you exhale.
Smoking also prohibits nutrients and a steady source of oxygen from reaching your skin. Nicotine narrows the blood vessels, making them unable to carry proper amounts of oxygen, nutrients, and vitamins to the skin. Without a constant supply of healthy blood flow, your skin will begin to sag and wrinkle.
Smoking has also been linked to restless sleep. Many people are unaware of this side effect because it occurs while their bodies are trying to rest. Your body goes through nicotine withdrawal when you go just a couple of hours during the day without a cigarette, right? Well, imagine the withdrawal that your body goes through when you deny it its craving for 8 hours during the night. Nighttime nicotine withdrawal leads to restless sleep, restless sleep leads to inadequate amounts of rest, and inadequate amounts of rest leads to tired, wrinkly skin.
Smoking also stains and discolors your teeth. While this is not directly related to a cosmetic surgical procedure, if you are investing your time and money into plastic surgery to look younger yet your teeth are stained and discolored – you are still adding years to your face.
At Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, we encourage all of our patients to kick the habit of smoking – period. If you are truly looking for an enhanced facial appearance, you will never find the results that you are hoping to achieve – and maintain – while you are smoking.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Mitchell Jones, Atlanta Plastic Surgery Specialists, P.C.
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