There's a Beneficial Side Effect to Surgery No One Thinks About

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When it comes to getting good results from surgery, there are plenty of things in your control, and some that aren’t. One of the most important factors with any type of surgery is the cessation of smoking at least two weeks before your procedure. Failure to stop before surgery can not only interfere with the surgery itself, but also hinder the healing process and leave you with less-than-desirable results.

A new long-term study in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shows just how impactful quitting smoking pre-surgery is on smokers: Those who stop smoking before surgery are more likely to quit smoking altogether, or at least smoke less.

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The study concluded that at a five-year mark after plastic surgery, about 40 percent of the patients originally surveyed had quit smoking on a daily basis and one-fourth of the patients had not smoked since their surgery. The majority of those in the study also said they reduced their cigarette use based off the known surgical risks.

While we know the downsides to smoking, getting plastic surgery just may be the catalyst you need to quit the habit once and for all.


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