Why is smoking such an issue in cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery?

Besides the links to many cancers and health problems, smoking is problematic for patients undergoing cosmetic, dermatologic or plastic surgery because it impairs proper wound healing. Skin has an intricate blood supply that is provided mainly by something called the subdermal plexus. This maze of tiny vessels makes up a “micro-circulation” and is especially susceptible to injury by agents such as nicotine, which cause the vessels to close off (vasoconstriction).

When the blood supply to the skin is compromised, healing is also detrimentally affected. Not only can the skin take longer to recover from surgery, but it can also necrose (die) from a lack of adequate blood supply. During surgery like rhinoplasty or facelift surgery, a healthy, robust blood supply is necessary for proper healing. For this reason, Dr. Yoo strongly recommends a minimum of 6 weeks of no-smoking before and after surgery, to allow time for your micro-circulation to recover.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
This entry was posted in Healing/Recovery, rhinoplasty and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *