Secrets Plastic Surgeons Want You To Know: Your Skin, Sunshine And Cigarettes

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Megan Apa
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January 13, 2015

Smoking cigarettes significantly damage your health, beyond the usual warnings; this is especially reflected through the appearance of your skin. Someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes everyday will age much quicker than a non-smoker of the same age. The smoker will develop wrinkles and lines that later on become dry, coarse and uneven, riddled with broken blood vessels. Cigarettes can even change the shade of your skin to an orange or grey complexion. A surgeon can look at anyone’s skin and know if they smoke, even if it’s only small amounts a day.

smoker lines

But cigarettes don’t just accelerate your skin’s maturing, they also cause complications and conflict with ongoing surgeries. This is because cigarettes don’t allow your body to fully heal and recover from wounds. If your body can’t regenerate and spring back from a surgical wound or procedure, you have increased risks of infection (ReviaHome).

This is why surgeons strongly recommend to stop smoking post-op and pre-op to avoid all these unfortunate factors. They know if you’ve been cheating as well, since they can read your skin or see if your wounds and scars have mended.

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Now, smoking cigarettes in the sun? That’s even worse! The UV rays from the sun cause great damage and harm to our complexion. We’ve all seen the way years of tanning looks on the beach, and it’s not appealing.

You can easily avoid 10 years of aging and save your skin in the process by throwing away those cigarettes and laying off the sun.