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Smoking risks of cosmetic surgery

Smoking Increases Your Risk During Surgery: Why You Should Quit Before Seeking Plastic Surgery

By | PSA, Plastic Surgery Recovery | No Comments

If you’ve ever sought cosmetic surgery as an active cigarette smoker, you may have found that surgeons are often hesitant to perform certain procedures (or any surgery) on you. This is because smoking can exponentially increase your risk of complications, especially when it comes to facial surgeries, tummy tucks, and breast lifts.

Smoking causes blood vessels to shrink and restricts blood flow. This can cause skin loss or other major complications after surgery. When it comes to facial procedures, blood flow is imperative to healing because of the increased number of blood vessels in and around the face. Most cosmetic surgeons will not perform facial procedures like a facelift on an active smoker without having them quit for a period of time before surgery.

In addition to blood vessel constriction, smoking harms the immune system. Even in those with a fairly strong immune system, smoking can cause coughing fits that can damage stitches or incisions.

Whether you do or have smoked frequently, Dr. Jonov can provide resources to help you quit or discuss your options for meeting your cosmetic surgery goals. To schedule a consultation at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, call us at 425-775-3561 or contact us online.

Woman exercising to maintain Bellevue plastic surgery results

The Best Way To Maintain Your Plastic Surgery Results? Healthy Diet and Exercise

By | PSA, Plastic Surgery Recovery, Procedures Information | No Comments

After undergoing any plastic surgery procedure, like breast augmentation, mini tummy tuck, or blepharoplasty, many patients wonder how they can ensure their results are long lasting. Plastic surgery can provide lifelong results, but it depends upon your lifestyle. Making sure you continue a healthy diet and exercise after your cosmetic surgery will help maintain your results.

For some procedures, such as a tummy tuck or liposuction, keeping your weight steady is an important part of seeing long lasting results. If you become pregnant or gain significant weight, this can reverse or complicate your results. For other procedures, like breast surgeries, weight gain or loss can change the shape and size of the breasts.

Even before undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to consider your lifestyle and health problems. Your plastic surgeon will help you do this in a consultation. But, having a good idea of the problems you may have maintaining your results can help your plastic surgeon create a custom surgery plan that will help you get the best results you can maintain.

Obviously, sometimes weight fluctuations are out of our control, even major ones, but keeping your body in good shape and healthy will only promote and help any other health problems.

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