Smoking’s Impact on Cosmetic Surgery

Plastic surgery procedures such as tummy tucks, breast augmentations, and facial rejuvenations can offer individuals an improved outlook and boost self-esteem and confidence. However, it is important that those seeking cosmetic procedures keep their bodies healthy before and after surgery by cessation of nicotine intake, namely quitting smoking.

A recent study led by Dr. Erdogan Ozturk and presented in the European Society of Anaesthesiology 2015 meeting, have shown that both smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke may need more anesthesia during surgical procedures than do those who do not smoke or are not exposed to secondhand smoke. The study focused on ninety female patients who had undergone hysterectomies, and their smoking or non-smoking status was measured by cotinine levels. Findings showed that smokers required over thirty percent more anesthesia during the procedure; those exposed to secondhand smoke required twenty percent more. Smoking patients and patients exposed to secondhand smoke required twenty-three and eighteen percent more opioid medication, respectively. The reason for this may be due to nicotine’s affect on the liver’s ability to metabolize drugs, or nicotine may dull nerve cells responsible for pain sensitivity.

Dr. Shahram Salemy, named “One of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by The Consumers’ Research Council of America since 2006, emphasizes the importance of the cessation of smoking leading up to surgical procedures and during the recovery period, stating, “The anesthetic demands aside, smoking is a serious issue when it comes to cosmetic surgery. It can affect healing dramatically, so we ask all of our patients to refrain from the use of all nicotine-containing products for several weeks before and after surgery. Being off of all nicotine will not only reduce the risk of potential complications but, as this study suggests, likely allow for a smoother post-operative experience for our patients.”

Dr. Salemy is committed to the safety of his patients, evidenced by his Patients’ Choice awards from 2008 to 2014. He personally manages many cosmetic treatments in his offices located in Seattle and Richland, WA. All of his procedures are performed in a safe, confidential, professional environment. His office utilizes cutting-edge techniques and customized treatment plans to meet patients’ aesthetic goals. Dr. Salemy’s plastic surgery procedures focus on facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, and body contouring.

For a personal cosmetic surgery consultation at his Seattle office, contact Dr. Salemy at (206) 467-1101 or via email.

Source: “Smokers and those exposed to passive smoke require more anesthetic and painkiller during operations.” European Society of Anaesthesiology, May 29, 2015.