Breast Reconstruction Endangered by Smoking and Obesity
A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons confirms something that plastic surgeons have long suspected: behaviors such as smoking and overeating can jeopardize the results of certain cosmetic surgery procedures.
The researchers reviewed the results of immediate breast implant surgery after mastectomy for 14,585 women. The study found that women who smoked had an implant failure rate three times greater than non-smokers, and women who were classified as obese had a failure rate two to three times greater than women of normal weight.
What Is Breast Implant Failure?
Breast implant failure is a complication that sometimes occurs after breast reconstruction surgery. Women are often encouraged to undergo reconstructive surgery at the same time as their mastectomies in order to both minimize psychological impact and remove the need for a further surgical episode. However, one in 25 women in the “high risk” group of the study was found to have experienced implant loss within 30 days of the surgery. This could cause plastic surgeons to reassess whether these women are good candidates for this type of reconstructive surgery.
Could These Factors Affect My Own Outcome?
The suggestion of this research goes beyond women who are having reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. If there really is a link between smoking, obesity and loss of implants, then any woman who has this procedure could theoretically be at risk of implant failure if she engages in high-risk behaviors.
Dr. Sadrian and the professionals at Sadrian Plastic Surgery in San Diego want only the best outcomes for their patients. For this reason, Dr. Sadrian recommends a healthy overall lifestyle for every person who seeks plastic surgery. A healthy lifestyle includes the following:
- Eat a sensible diet. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats is a good foundation for positive cosmetic surgery results. Vitamin and mineral supplements may also help patients maximize their potential for a good surgical outcome.
- Exercise. While patients should be careful to follow doctor’s orders after surgery, regular exercise not only helps the body stay healthy but builds muscle that supports good cosmetic surgery results.
- Refrain from smoking. Smoking not only damages the lungs but can also lead to circulatory and skin problems, causing candidates to age more rapidly.
Dr. Sadrian and the staff at Sadrian Plastic Surgery in San Diego wish all of their patients a long and healthy life and want to support them in living better both through targeted cosmetic procedures and general wellness.