It’s now estimated that around 15% of people smoke in the UK. This figure, of course, has fallen rapidly over the years thanks to measures such as the smoking ban and the increased taxation on cigarettes. But could it be that there’s another reason why more and more people are choosing to quit?
A new study has found that cosmetic surgery is one of the driving forces behind people giving up cigarettes.
The research – carried out by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver – found that 40% of patients who had undergone cosmetic surgery no longer smoked on a daily basis following the procedure. Meanwhile, 70% of those surveyed admitted to cutting down on smoking following pre and post-surgery consultations with their doctor.
It’s not unusual for patients to be asked to refrain from smoking both before and after undergoing cosmetic surgery. This is because the use of cigarettes can slow down a person’s immune system and restrict the flow of blood in their blood vessels – both of which can lead to delayed or compromised recovery following an operation. In particular, continuing smoking can be extremely detrimental for those who have tummy tucks, facelifts or breast lifts (amongst other procedures).
Dr Aaron Van Slyke – a lead author in the study – was personally unsurprised by the results of the research. Instead, he felt the survey just further outlined how much people are interested in improving their lifestyle when they decide to go under the knife.
Reflecting on the results, he commented: “This is consistent with previous research showing patients who seek to obtain cosmetic surgery are more motivated to sustain positive lifestyle changes.” He added: “The dialogue between plastic surgeon and patient during the cosmetic surgery consultation serves as a unique moment to provide targeted smoking cessation counselling that may persist well beyond the surgical interaction.”
Plastic surgery can change your life
While it’s promising that research shows plastic surgery can help patients quit smoking, there are numerous other benefits associated with going under the knife and improving your appearance – such as increased self-confidence. For more information on choosing a cosmetic procedure that’s right for you, get in touch with the Belvedere Clinic. Via: https://www.belvedereclinic.co.uk/blog/2017/12/11/is-plastic-surgery-responsible-for-people-quitting-smoking/