What to Know About Smoking & Plastic Surgery

Everyone knows that smoking is an unhealthy habit. Not only can smoking eventually kill you, it can also manifest in the form of unseemly facial wrinkles and creases. In this article, we are going to talk about smoking and its potential impact on your plastic surgery procedure.

Plastic Surgery Can Reduce the Signs of Smoking

Over time, smoking can cause a host of medical issues – from lung disease to facial wrinkles. A plastic surgery procedure may be able to help reduce the signs of smoking like wrinkled facial skin. That being said, smoking and plastic surgery do not mix well. Smoking during your surgical recovery can slow down your body’s internal ability to heal by depriving it of oxygen and reducing circulation. In turn, this can increase the risk of complications after a facial plastic procedure.

Follow Your Pre-Op & Post-Op Instructions

Your plastic surgeon will likely request that you stop smoking in preparation for your procedure. The most important thing to remember is that you need to follow your doctor’s pre-op and post-op instructions. If your surgeon asks you to refrain from smoking immediately before or after your procedure, be sure to do it. Failure to abide by your doctor’s instructions can significantly change the outcome and success of your procedure.

Minneapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we offer a plethora of cosmetic procedures that range from non-invasive to surgical. Dr. Daniel Schneider has years of experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon. Our team can work with you to discuss your concerns and help you reach your cosmetic goals. Contact us today to learn more about our treatments and set up your appointment with Dr. Schneider. Our clinic is located in St. Paul but we provide treatment to patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.