In my facial plastic and reconstructive surgery practice, it is imperative that my patients refrain from smoking in the peri-operative period. I feel so strongly about the negative effect that smoking has on wound healing that my patients are counseled regarding smoking cessation and sign a smoking cessation agreement. Smokers may be at an increased risk for some complications more than 12 times that of the nonsmoking population.
When there is a potentially preventable and identifiable link to a complication, it only makes sense to eliminate it. Patients come into my practice seeking excellent results in facelifts, rejuvenation procedures and other cosmetic treatments. I am absolutely not willing to compromise their outcome with less than desirable healing results.
I have found that most smokers that I know (patients, friends and family members) have a true desire to stop. Furthermore, they recognize the undesirable health risks and the concern of their loved ones. Often times, they do not readily have options for immediate and long-term cessation therapy. The emotional support and interventional replacement therapies offered in this study likely played in important role in its success.
Also, there are a variety of medications available that might provide further assistance. I hope that the promising news from this study encourages other smokers to begin living a healthier smoke free life. You can do it!
Stacie D. McClane, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Chicago Plastic Surgery, LLC
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