Thanks for your
question – and we strongly advice that one not smoke going into any surgical or
cosmetic procedure. The procedure will surely work, but wound healing can be
delayed in some and with smoking, the risk of post-operative complications can
be greater. So if you smoke, try to stop as long as possible before the
procedure and then while the skin is healing.
The active FX® laser treatment can provide very nice results in smokers. It will help tighten the skin and eradicate brown spots. One must remember that age-related changes in skin appearance and texture can be exacerbated by smoking, sun exposure and other environmental exposures. Unless these contributing factors are controlled in your life, the long-term results from the fractionated CO2 laser treatment will be abbreviated. Generally, I have found that light smoking does little to impair the healing of laser treatments (In contrast to the effects of tobacco upon healing after any form of body lifts and facelifts). If you are a heavy smoker, you may consider some form of hyperbaric oxygen treatment immediately after the procedure to maximally ensure a smooth and rapid recovery.
Active Fx is an excellent treatment for fine wrinkles and aging caused by smoking. There are many benefits to be gained even if you are still smoking. It makes sense to take the step to quit since you are looking to reverse the damages caused by smoking in the first place. Best of luck. Dr. Michael Omidi
An in-person exam with a
board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist is the best way to assess your needs and
provide true medical advice.
Active FX will still build collagen even if you are smoker. However as I am sure you are aware, smoking causes premature aging of the skin, increased skin cancers, and wrinkling. I don't have to tell you that stopping smoking is in her best interest.
Thank you for your question. Yes, but not as well. The CO2 laser stimulates collagen to grow, and the tobacco/nicotine is a growth blocker so, yes it will help, but stopping the cigarettes will probably do more for you. We treat smokers, and have them stop for a week prior to treatment, and resume in 7-10 days, if absolutely needed. Smoking and CO2 resurfacing is like wanting to swim and stay dry. I hope this helps!
Active FX will work in smokers, but there are several issues here.
One, smokers typically have more skin damage and rhytids, making it difficult to achieve a nice result with just one fractional treatment. Secondly, the healing process is delayed in smokers increasing the risk of complications. Lastly results after fractional resurfacing will not last as long if someone continues to smoke.
So, yes you can have fractional treatments if you smoke, but there are many good reasons to quit smoking beforehand!
There are 2 issues involved here. The first is whether the wounds will heal after surgery if someone is actively smoking. While post-resurfacing wounds do heal in smokers, they frequently do so more slowly and the risk of complications such as infection or simply chemical irritation is higher. The second issue is whether the tissues will respond as well to laser resurfacing in someone smokes. In general, the greater the degree of damage and degeneration the more difficult it is to achieve a favorable outcome.
Yes, Active FX will still work if you are a smoker but it is critical that you do not smoke during the healing process. Optimal blood and oxygen flow is very important in the healing process.
Smokers are not "good" candidates for any invasive procedure on the face, but in some cases fractional resurfacing can be safely performed by the appropriate doctor after quitting for 2-4 weeks. If you plan to continue smoking your results may be short-lived however.