The effect smoking has on our face

Smoking is harmful to anyone who indulges, mostly because of the nicotine contained in it. According to Dr. Jacono, a facial plastic surgery expert from New York, it is devastating how detrimental smoking can be to the facial skin; an area he’s had years of experience on. 

This article reiterates that consistent smoking has a way of cutting off the regular supply of oxygen to the skin and would, therefore, make it look old and droopy. He also went further to explain that most of his patients are either current smokers or were smokers before, which goes to show just how much of a significance smoking plays when it comes to aging one’s face. This certainly explains why so many smokers end up needing to see a plastic surgeon for a facelift

There are chances that smokers are more likely to need a facelift than those who age naturally. Below are reasons why smoking speeds up the need for a facelift, according to Dr. Jacono himself, and why you should quit as soon as you can:


Most of Dr. Jacono’s patients usually want the wrinkles gone. Unfortunately, a good number of patients with lines aren’t old. Consistent smoking can result in premature wrinkles which are much more unattractive than those which come with age. According to research, regular smokers look at least 1.4 years older than those of their age mates who don’t. The latter means that there are those who seek much older than 1.4 years. 

The wrinkles usually come as a result of oxygen, nutrients, and blood being cut out of the face thanks to the thinning of blood vessels courtesy of smoking. Moreover, to make matters worse, as this nicotine-induced wrinkles start, the natural glow that the youthful skin usually has starts to disappear. Furthermore, no amount of plastic surgery will ever retain that natural glow once it’s gone.

Smokers Are More Likely to Develop Warts

Well, according to Dr. Jacono, there are different kinds of warts. While most of us are accustomed to genital warts, which are sexually transmitted, there are other forms of warts that aren’t. Smoking has been known to be a significant contributor to blemishes which, in some unfortunate cases, can appear on the face, making it look older and less attractive. If this is your case, then you might need a facelift even before you hit the age of 40, which is quite unfortunate. 

However, first, you’ll be required to get clean before undergoing the knife, which can be an uphill task because nicotine is just as addictive as heroin. However, if you put your mind to it, then you’ll come out victorious. Nothing is impossible, especially if you put your account to it.

Smoking Causes Skin Cancer

Smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer. Also, what makes it worse is that it doesn’t just affect the skin but other major organs as well. The organs affected by smoking include the lungs, mouth, esophagus, throat, and mouth. According to research, heavy cigarette smokers are three times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma. Moreover, if this happens, the chances are that they will be visiting Dr. Jacono for a facelift after the cancerous skin cells on their faces have been removed. 

Bags Under the Eyes

In as much as the bags under the eyes can be as a result of old age, some cases show in younger people as a result of chronic smoking habits. Asides looking way older than you are, you will require a facelift much earlier than you do. The bags under the eyes are usually a result of poor sleeping partners – the one thing cigarettes are more than famous for doing. 

The latter will worsen when you decide to quit smoking since you’ll struggle to find sleep without a puff or two. However, once you’ve managed to leave, you still need to have the bags fixed by a plastic surgeon since they won’t revert to normal on their own, especially if you’ve been smoking for a long time. 

Other Negative Effects of Smoking

Unfortunately for smokers, smoking will do more than ruin your looks. According to Dr. Jacono, long term smokers will have an issue with their breathing since the tobacco will always harm the smoker’s lungs. As earlier mentioned, nicotine has the devastating ability to dry the skin, meaning continuous smoking will lead to dryness in the lungs, which can lead to slight tearing, which will make breathing a bit labored. 

Nicotine in cigarettes also happens to have a devastating long term effect on the brain. Just like heroin, nicotine can rewire the brain, which explains the addiction smokers have, some even to the point of not being able to function without a cigarette or two, or a whole pack. The more you smoke, the more you’ll need it because the brain will develop receptors to accommodate it. Failure to get the daily dose would result in withdrawal, which isn’t a pretty experience altogether.


The adverse effects of smoking tobacco are devastating. It’s no wonder seasoned plastic surgeons such as Dr. Jacono and others usually take precautions before giving the green light for any patient to go under the knife for whatever reason. Whether its old age or an injury, smoking will interfere with the healing process and will, therefore, make room for infections. 

Moreover, since the last thing a plastic surgeon would want is to ruin their reputation, they would instead not work on you. Therefore, it would be a good idea for you to put down that cigarette and give it sometime before visiting your plastic surgeon. Also, it would do you some good to refrain from smoking after the facelift. Doing so will go a long way in not only helping you heal but also avoid any other health related complications such as stroke and nicotine dependence. Quitting smoking might be a difficult thing to do, but once you start, you’ll realize major changes in your skin and general health.

Victoria Brewood
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Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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