New research on smoking complication risks

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Friday, February 1, 2019

Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to have complications after undergoing cosmetic surgery on the body, versus the face or breasts. In addition, smoking is an independent risk factor for major surgical site infections, according to an analysis of 129,007 cosmetic surgery patients published January 2019 in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 

“Given the growing number of women and men seeking aesthetic surgery, more and more providers will offer their services to smokers. The findings of our study will further assist surgeons in anticipating the extent of morbidity that may be seen in smokers following cosmetic surgery, and how those risks vary depending on the operative procedure,” study primary author Christodoulos Kaoutzanis, M.D., reports.
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