Plastic Surgery

How Nicotine Sabotages Plastic Surgery

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Here at Blaine Plastic Surgery, one of the first pieces of advice Dr. Blaine gives during her plastic surgery consultations is to not smoke. But just because you’re no longer reaching for cigarettes doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. If you’re thinking about getting a procedure done, you need to avoid all forms of nicotine, which include gum, patches, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes.

While it may sound difficult to do, especially if you are a regular smoker, nicotine can cause many negative impacts on your procedure. Learn more about nicotine’s effect on plastic surgery below.

Nicotine’s Effect on Plastic Surgery Procedures

During many popular procedures, such as a tummy tuck or breast reduction, your surgeon expertly cuts through the skin, dissects the deeper tissue, therefore, allowing the skin and tissue to be lifted, moved, stretched or removed to achieve desired results. During this process, some blood vessels are cut, while others remain intact. The vessels that remain intact supply the oxygen that is needed to the skin that has been elevated.

How does nicotine play a role in this? It’s simple. Once nicotine enters your bloodstream, it shrinks your blood vessels significantly. Small blood vessels mean less blood flow, which leads to less oxygen and dead tissues. There are many other problems that can result when you mix nicotine with a procedure.

 

What Can Happen When You Mix Smoking with Plastic Surgery:

  • Loss of skin, especially in the cheek, nipples or tummy areas
  • Infections
  • Death of fat cells, which results in hard lumps
  • Delayed healing
  • Thick, noticeable scars
  • Blood clots, which have the potential to be fatal
  • Increased pain during the recovery period
  • Permanent small vessel damage
  • Loss of implants
  • Stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, and other life threatening complications

 

How to Prepare for Plastic Surgery if You are a Smoker

If your heart is set on getting a procedure done and you’re a smoker, it does not mean that you can’t go through with it. All it means is that it is going to take some willpower to ensure you achieve the best results possible.

During your initial consultation, be sure to tell your surgeon that you are a smoker. He or she will be able to provide further tips or inspiration to help you quit, as well as give you a recommendation on how long before surgery you should quit.

Typically, it is recommended to quit anywhere between three to six weeks before surgery and three to six weeks after. However, for the longest lasting results (and a healthier lifestyle), we suggest quitting forever. You’ve made it this far, why stop now?

If you’re thinking about giving into temptation, think of how one puff will cause your blood vessels to shrink. Is one puff really worth putting your entire surgery at risk? And if you do end up giving in to temptation before your surgery, even just once, you need to confess to your surgeon. It is better to be safe and delay your surgery than risk some of the scary complications that could result.

 

Schedule a Plastic Surgery Consultation in New York Today

If you’re looking for one of the best plastic surgeons in New York, look no further than Dr. Christine Blaine. As a board certified surgeon, she knows the importance of treating the individual as a whole, making sure all of their wants, needs and concerns are met. Dr. Blaine also has extensive experience working with smokers and helping them through the challenges they face before surgery. For more information or to schedule your consultation, please contact us today.

5 Tips for Maintaining Your Cosmetic Surgery Results

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Getting a plastic surgery procedure is a big deal, no matter which way you spin it. It means that you’ll need to set aside an amount of time away from work, school or any other scheduled activities to allow yourself an ample recovery period.

While there are certainly cosmetic procedures that promise longer-lasting results than others, there is hope for all plastic surgery patients for an extended, beautiful appearance – regardless of which type of procedure you get. Here are five easy ways to maintain your cosmetic surgery results:

 

1. Treat Your Skin to a Healthy Routine Everyday

Keeping up with a skincare routine is a good idea with or without plastic surgery. However, those who have received a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure from a board certified plastic surgeon are strongly advised to take the very best care of their skin, especially in the immediate weeks that follow their procedure.

Scarring is a natural and almost-always necessary part of recovering from a skin treatment, but they will fade quickly – and blend even better – if you take the time to avoid any extra strain on your scars. You should also keep the treated area of skin clean at all times, and use silicone scar gel to give it extra protection.

 

2. Indulge in a Well-Balanced Diet and Exercise Regimen

As far as body contouring and weight-loss procedures go, the results are always noticeable – and equally welcomed – almost instantly upon receiving the procedure. If you’ve recently undergone a body lift, breast lift, arm lift, thigh lift, tummy tuck or any other type of body contouring procedure, it’s more than likely that you are at the final stages of completely evening out your body’s appearance with smoother contours following a massive weight loss.

In order to keep up this slender look, be sure to eat a balanced, healthy diet each day, and make it a point to hit the gym regularly. If you fail to keep the weight off post-surgery, those excess pockets of fat will return. Constant weight gain and weight loss will have a negative effect on your results!

 

3. Quit Smoking

We all know just how bad smoking is for our overall health and well-being, but if you’re looking to sustain the results of a recent plastic surgery procedure, it’s even more harmful to indulge in the bad habit. In fact, patients who smoke have a high risk of complicating their recovery because inhaling nicotine fills up a person’s body with harmful and toxic chemicals.

Ultimately, this interferes with the body’s constriction of blood vessels, and makes it hard for the body to bring oxygen to the healing tissues from the surgery. If you’ve just received a Botox procedure to tighten up noticeable wrinkles and lines, smoking is extremely counterproductive.

 

4. Stay Out of the Sun

The results a patient gets from a skin procedure can be tricky to maintain, especially if you’re undergoing treatment during the warm months of spring and summer. Too much exposure to the sun’s rays can make scars on the skin become even more prominent, and can even bring about unwanted itching and irritation.

Staying out of the sun for as long as your plastic surgeon instructs you to is the best possible method for making your plastic surgery results last – and to avoid any mishaps during the healing process. However, if you do need to spend some extra time outdoors, cover up with sunglasses, a hat and appropriate clothing, and smother the treated area with sunscreen that contains a SPF of 30 or higher.

 

5. Closely Follow your Plastic Surgeon’s Instructions

Following every single instruction your plastic surgeon gives you is a foolproof way to maintain your cosmetic surgery results, regardless of which type of surgery you’ve just had. Depending on what service you have received, post-operative plans will vary. Either way, be sure to take the correct medications and supplements, wear appropriate clothing, maintain the cleanliness of any incisions or scars, and massage any affected areas if need be.

 

Plastic Surgery in New York

Your plastic surgery procedure results are only as good as the post-operative care you partake in. At Blaine Plastic Surgery, Dr. Christine Blaine makes sure that each patient she sees receives a beneficial follow-up plan that allows for sustained, beautiful results. Contact our Staten Island or Huntington office today to schedule your consultation!

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