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At Advanced Liposuction Center we often meet with clients who want to improve the appearance of their skin and their faces. Aging causes inevitable loss of elasticity and tone to skin, but there is one factor completely within your control that also causes very damaging effects to your skin and that’s smoking cigarettes. We’re urging all of our clients to join in the Great American Smokeout this November.

Smoking and Your Skin

Smoking is toxic to your skin. It deprives your skin of oxygen. Smoking also impedes your circulation (which is why after many of our surgical procedures we recommend that clients not smoke for a period of time to fully facilitate healing). Long time smokers will notice a yellowish tinge to their skin. In addition, the constant inhaling/exhaling movement required for smoking creates wrinkles around your mouth, lips and eyes and also deep creases in your face.

Convinced you should stop smoking? Here are some tips from the American Cancer Society on how to quit:

  • Think about why you really want to quit. In addition to beautiful skin, you may have fear of illness caused by smoking, decreased stamina, etc. Write down your reasons.
  • Pick a specific date that you will quit within the next month. November 16th, the date of this year’s Great American Smokeout, is a great choice but it can also be a birthday, special anniversary or other meaningful date to you. Circle it on your calendar in anticipation.
  • Make a plan. How will you quit smoking? There are many different ways ranging from nicotine replacement therapy to counseling to prescription medications. Talk to your physician about methods that might work best for you and make the necessary appointments or purchases to have in place by your quit date.
  • Line up some support. Let family and friends in on your plan. Find out about groups that meet to help those trying to quit such as Nicotine Anonymous. Smoking counselors, self-help materials and telephone quit lines can all be sources of support.

At Advanced Liposuction Center we offer many treatments that can help reverse the negative effects smoking has left behind. To learn more, call one of our Pittsburgh area offices at: 724-683-7581 for a free consultation. Our expert cosmetic surgeons will help you decide on the best treatments to achieve your desired results.