Plastic Surgery Blog: Smoking May Increase the Chances of Hot Flashes

woman holding cigarette8 Plastic Surgery Blog:  Smoking May Increase the Chances of Hot Flashes Menopause can cause debilitating symptoms for some women. These could include frequent hot flashes. According to a new study in an article published online, smoking can increase the chances of having hot flashes occur. According to the article women smokers with specific gene variants are at an elevated risk for menopausal hot flashes compared to smokers without these genetic differences, the new study says. A detailed look at the data from nearly 300 late reproductive-age women who were part of the study for 11 years concluded that smokers with certain variations (single nucleotide polymorphisms) in genes that play a part in the patient’s metabolism are at greater risk for having hot flashes than smokers without these gene variants. The study appears in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The report shows the impact of smoking on hot flashes as a part of variants in genes combined with sex steroid metabolism in late reproductive-age women, and infers that certain smokers have increased risk for hot flashes based on their genetic makeup according to lead author Dr. Samantha Butts, of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, which were provided in the journal news release. The study provides yet another reason for women to discontinue smoking. This holds true especially for women beyond 40 years of age. Dr. StuartKincaid explains to patientswho are scheduled for surgery the smoking increases the risk substantially for surgical complications. The most common complications patients seen include delayed, and necrosis. The most common procedures where these complications are seen include breastlift, breastreduction, facelift, and abdominoplasty. These procedures require tightening the skin and can produce tension on the incision. Smokers have compromised tissues and therefore a greater risk of the incision being compromised. This can lead to delayed wound healing and in some cases necrosis.  Patients should not smoke at least four weeks prior to surgery and four weeks after surgery for the best chance of reducing complications due to smoking.    Become a Fan on Facebook       Follow us on Twitter       More on Dr.Kincaid




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