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Why Must I Stop Smoking Before Plastic Surgery?

The day of your plastic surgery consultation is finally here and you can barely contain your excitement as you head to your surgeon’s office.  You get there, discuss the procedure you want to have, and are amped over the results that are possible.  Naturally, you want to schedule your surgery as soon as possible as you’ve wanted to make certain aesthetic improvements for quite some time.  Then, a wrench gets thrown into your plans.  You’re told you have to stop smoking before plastic surgery or else the surgeon will not perform your desired procedure.  Obviously, this delay is not something you expected, but it is absolutely necessary.

How Long Must You Quit?

The time that you must quit smoking before plastic surgery will vary according to each surgeon’s recommendations.  However, the majority of cosmetic surgeons will tell you that you must not only give up cigarettes for 4 to 6 weeks prior to surgery, but also after.  The absolute minimum is 2 weeks, but most plastic surgeons will suggest a longer time frame to ensure their patients are not at risk of unnecessary complications.

No Quitting, No Surgery

If you do not stop smoking for the time that your plastic surgeon has advised, don’t be surprised if he or she will not perform your procedure.  Over the course of the past 10 years, most plastic surgeons have come to the consensus that when skin has to be moved during a procedure such as a breast lift or face lift, they will not operate on smokers.  The reason; failure to quit smoking before surgery can lead to disastrous results and in areas where surgery is performed, the skin may become discolored, turn red, or darken.

In an interview with the New York Times on the topic of patients and pre-surgery smoking, Dr. Darshan Shah said, “Nicotine causes the tiny blood vessels in the skin to clamp down or constrict, which reduces blood supply to the skin.”  Aside from discoloration, smokers seeking surgery could fail to heal properly after procedures, have an increased risk of infection, take longer to recover, and may develop unattractive red scars.

Tips to Quit Smoking before Plastic Surgery

Within two weeks’ time, the toxins and nicotine that have accumulated in your body from smoking will be cleansed from your system.  Even though your body has rebounded, your desire to smoke may still be present and so it is advised that you have strategies in place to help you.  One thing you can do is keep your mind on your goal to have plastic surgery.  Envision how great you’re going to look and feel afterward and hold that vision any time you feel tempted to have a cigarette.

Another recommendation is to keep your mouth busy.  Gum, hard candy, and lozenges are tasty and can drastically reduce your chances of turning to smoking.  Finally, rally your close family and friends to get support.  Tell them about your desire to have plastic surgery and ask them to encourage you to remain smoke-free.  When you’re feeling the urge to smoke, you can call on your friends and family to distract and motivate you.  Having their support and encouragement can truly make a world of difference.

Ready for Your Mommy Makeover?

Being a mom is hard. When you were pregnant with your first child, you probably knew that you were signing up for a lot of sleepless nights, tantrums, and all of the sweat, blood, and tears that go along with raising a child.  Yet, like so many, you were willing to deal with all that in order to experience the indescribable joy of being a mom.

Unfortunately, you may not have realized that being a mom may mean saying goodbye to your pre-mom body. Again, the sacrifice to your breasts and abdomen is worth it to have a child, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be satisfied with your post baby body once you’re done having kids.

Over the last decade, many women have chosen to get their pre-mom body back by having what’s known as a "mommy makeover." In most cases, a mommy makeover includes 2 to 3 plastic surgeries done at the same time to give you back the supple breasts and tight stomach that you had before having children.

The fact is, bearing children wreaks havoc on your breasts and stomach. Breastfeeding can actually cause your breasts to lose some of their tissue after the initial swell you get from lactating. As a result, breasts are left saggy and smaller than they were before you had children. Likewise, your stomach is also often left a bit droopy after having a baby. Even if you lose all of your baby weight plus some, you might still be left with loose skin, stretch marks, and perhaps a C-section scar. Fat deposits can also be left on your hips, stomach, and thighs after having kids, and these deposits are usually extremely hard to erase with diet and exercise alone.

If you feel overwhelmed, relax, as these are all problems that can be fixed with plastic surgery.

Mommy makeover surgery can include liposuction, a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, and/or a breast lift. Your plastic surgeon can work with you to help determine which cosmetic surgery procedures might be best for your specific body. Through a combination of surgeries performed during the same appointment, usually within a matter of 3 to 4 hours, you can undo all of the cosmetic damage done to your body by having kids.

In other words, with mommy makeover surgery, you really can have it all — beautiful babies and a beautiful body.

Discover Your Mommy Makeover Surgery Options

If you’re considering a mommy makeover, contact Beautologie today to learn more about your options. Please note, you’ll most likely want to wait until you are done having kids before considering any mommy makeover procedures. The one surgery you absolutely should not have if you intend to have more children is a tummy tuck. If you’re all done having kids, wait at least six months after you are done breastfeeding before scheduling your mommy makeover.

Once you’re ready, your plastic surgeon can help you determine the best ways to bring your pre-baby body back to life. Our surgeons have years of experience helping moms of every type look and feel their best. To learn more, schedule your consultation by calling 844-232-8865.

California Medical Board Investigating Fake Doctors

The Medical Board of California is stepping up investigations on people posing as doctors in order to reap profits from risky procedures, according to a recent report on ABC News 10. The investigative unit that targets these kinds of cases, called Operation Safe Medicine, has seen a near-doubling of cases over the past fiscal year – up to 61 from 31.

What types of cases has Operation Safe Medicine uncovered?

Fake medical professionals present many risks to their “patients,” and in many cases, people’s lives have been put at risk. In one case, a woman from Encinitas is accused of having posed as a doctor of naturopathy. After diagnosing patients with Lyme disease, she prescribed injections of bovine stem cells and dimethyl sulfoxide. After several infusions, one patient grew so ill that she was hospitalized for six weeks.

Another case involves a San Francisco man who is accused of performing liposuction while smoking a cigar. Prosecutors allege that the man operated with no assistant and had the client hold her own intravenous bag while he performed the procedure. There also been cases based on laser fungus removal, childbirth, facelifts, and hemorrhoid surgery.

What action is being taken against fake medical professionals?

The report released by the medical board calls for more staff to launch a unit in Northern California. The current Operation Safe Medicine is a six-person team based in Southern California. According to Jennifer Simoes, the medical board’s chief of legislation, “the Board believes that the OSM Unit is imperative in order to protect the public from the actions of unlicensed practitioners.”

How can Californians stay safe?

In the liposuction case, the accused had assumed the identity of the physician assistant with a similar name. Almost anyone can open a storefront and claim to be licensed or certified to perform medical procedures. Before seeking treatment with a medical professional, make sure that you check up on their qualifications, especially if you are not introduced to them through a professional referral. Above all, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.