Before Plastic SurgeryIf you are considering having plastic surgery, making the right preparations beforehand will ensure the results of the operation will be worth the investment. In particular, keeping your skin as healthy as possible is a must. Many prospective patients tend to envision plastic surgery as a miracle cure. Although the transformations can be downright incredible, it is not wise to expect flawless skin if you are making poor decisions with respect to your health. In particular, smoking is a habit which should be kicked well before the operation. Aside from the numerous health risks it causes internally, smoke is your skin’s worst nightmare.

Look at the mirror

Have you ever looked closely at a smoker’s hands or face? It is easy to tell if someone is or not by the presence of wrinkles and blemishes. Regardless if you are getting a facelift or a tummy tuck, tossing those cigarettes in the trash should be at the top of your list. Keep in mind that many surgeons will ask you to quit smoking prior to performing an operation because of the risk of complications.

How long should you be smoke free?

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait months before being seen, as a number of doctors will accept patients who have been smoke-free for at least a week or two. All in all, the question you need to ask is what matters most. Do yourself and your body a favor by calling it quits. Just think, after the procedure you will never want to pick up another cigarette again (plastic surgery can have very positive effects on one’s self-esteem).

Reasons to quit smoking before getting plastic surgery

* Nicotine constricts the blood vessels; this can cause tissue damage and subsequently has a number of harmful effects. These include bad post-operation scarring, permanent tissue damage, increased recovery time and the potential need for additional surgeries (i.e. a costly expense).

* To ensure the success of the procedure, stop smoking at least a month prior. If you must resume the habit, wait an additional month afterwards to do so, as this will give your body the time it needs to heal properly.