Considering Plastic Surgery? Stop Smoking First!

Posted by administration on March 26, 2015

No Smoking SignIf you are considering plastic surgery in Aurora, most doctors will require that you refrain from using nicotine products (including cigarettes, patches, gum, e-cigarettes, etc.) for several weeks before and after your procedure. The reasons? Because smoking and nicotine make plastic surgery recovery difficult, due to an increased risk of:

  • Delayed wound healing
  • Infections
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Lung infections
  • And more

Tips to Stop Smoking

Of course, smoking is also bad for your overall health and even your skin. Whether or not you want to have a Aurora plastic surgery procedure, you owe it to your own body to try to kick this habit and start living a healthier life. Here are some tips to help you through the transition:

  • Get support from a friend or family member – know this might be a difficult journey that is absolutely worth it in the end
  • Eat small, healthy meals and snacks frequently to satisfy your urges
  • Chew gum or suck on hard candy to satisfy your urges
  • Brush your teeth throughout the day to remind yourself how fresh and clean your teeth feel – and how good your breath smells
  • Avoid your smoking triggers – like drinking alcohol or going to bars with friends
  • Hit the gym or do something active every day
  • Drink with a straw to mimic the act of smoking a cigarette – choose water over sugary sodas
  • Write down the ways that not smoking is positively impacting your life: more energy, better breathing, etc.
  • Write down the reasons you want to stop smoking: the Aurora breast implants you want, the Aurora tummy tuck, for your family, etc.
  • Realize you may get frustrated and even angry during the first few weeks of quitting – try to stay positive
  • Don’t give up if you give in to one cigarette – just get back on track as soon as possible

To learn about the different plastic surgery options available in Aurora, contact Dr. Serota at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule a Cosmetic Consultation. Contact us today at 303-367-9000.

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