Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan and staff are located in Scottsdale, AZ offering plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures as well as skin care treatments.

Planning a Plastic Surgery? Here's Why and How to Quit Smoking

Plastic Surgery Scottsdale

If you’re undergoing plastic surgery and you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for both your recovery and your long-term health. For your safety, Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan will likely advise you to stop smoking for a period of time before and after your procedure, which provides a good opportunity to stop smoking for good. Here is a look at some of the reasons you need to quit smoking before cosmetic surgery and how you can beat the habit.

Smoking and Surgery
Smoking increases the risk of complications during all types of surgeries. According to one study, the risk of death within 30 days of surgery for smokers is 40% higher than it is for nonsmokers. Smokers also have dramatically higher risks of cardiac complications during and after surgery. They are 57% more likely to have cardiac arrest, 80% more likely to experience a heart attack, and 73% more likely to have a stroke than nonsmoking patients. Smokers develop pneumonia two times as often as nonsmokers after surgery. When you are having cosmetic surgery, smoking could even compromise the results of your procedure, particularly if you are having a facelift, eye procedure, or other kind of anti-aging facial surgery.

Saying No to Smoking
Quitting is difficult, but it is not impossible. Ask your plastic surgeon to recommend strategies for stopping that have worked for other patients. Your primary care doctor can help as well. There are medications available to help you overcome the cravings, as well as over-the-counter products that help you wean off cigarettes slowly. Your doctor may also be able to suggest support groups that can help you find support from people who are dealing with the same issues you are.

At Oasis Plastic Surgery, we are committed to patient safety and urge patients to stop smoking before their procedures. Make an appointment for a plastic surgery consultation in Scottsdale to find out how we can help you determine which procedures can help you reach your treatment goals and support you in your efforts to quit smoking before surgery. Call our practice today at (480) 264-6428 to get started.