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How Smoking Affects Scarring

How Smoking Affects Scar Healing

We all know smoking is bad for your skin. It also has a detrimental effect on scars. In fact it slows the healing process of both wounds and scars. Scars are more likely to become wide, thick, and red.

To be more precise, by smoking you decrease the amount of oxygen in your blood. Apart from that, nicotine narrows blood vessels (capillaries) which decreases the blood flow to the skin. So a lower blood supply and less oxygen are the result.

Most surgeons refuse to have people undergo scar revision surgery if they are smokers. Not only because it’s far less effective when someone smokes but also it increases the risk of infection.

Especially in case of cosmetic surgery since it’s all about appearance. Most surgeons require a patient to quit smoking for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.

There are ways to improve scar healing after surgery or in general, including maintaining a healthy diet with sufficient protein, well balanced fluid intake to keep from dehydrating, and avoid alcohol as much as possible.

If you are concerned about the appearance of your scars, visit University Dermatology located in Charlotte North Carolina.  Most scarring is highly treatable by an expert. University Dermatology can assess the scar, review treatment options and help you select the most effective therapy for reducing your scars’ visibility.

Scar Repair & Revision Surgery at University Dermatology located in Charlotte, North Carolina, is meant to minimize the scar so that it is more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture.

For more information regarding Scar Repair & Revision please visit our services page http://universityderm.com/services/scar-repair-revision/ or contact University Dermatology to schedule an appointment 704.596.1787

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