We have all heard about the bad effects of smoking, including early heart disease, hardening of the blood vessels, lung cancer and of import to plastic surgeons, the earlier loss of skin components like collagen and elastin, along with poor healing after surgery. It is because of the last point, that I ask patients to quit smoking for one month prior and one month after their surgical procedure to reduce the risk of poor healing. I know that can be difficult, but when one has a reward waiting, like finally getting the plastic surgery you want, people get motivated. Personally, the only three times I was ever able to get my 2pack per day mother to quit smoking was for her  three separate cosmetic surgery procedures. Well, it appears that there is an additional negative effect from smoking, and that is skin cancer. Below is the link to the new report.

Read it here.

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