"Despite so many studies showing the risks of smoking, it's still a widespread habit," Dr. Tantillo says. "Many people do not even know about the potential affect it can have on surgery. To help spread the word on the risks of smoking when it comes to surgical procedures, I decided to use my Facebook page to call attention to an ABC News report on the correlation between cigarettes and surgical complications.
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"If they've considered giving up cigarette smoking and want any type of surgery, reading the report that I publicized on my Facebook page will, I hope, motivate them to kick that habit," he says.
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"I emphasize to them that there are numerous studies showing the risks if they persist in smoking and have surgery of any kind," Dr. Tantillo says. "For example, a 2009 report to the American College of Surgeons indicated that smoking could complicate the use of anesthetic during surgery and also affect the recovery process. For that reason, I also urge them to refrain from cigarettes after their procedure in order to promote healing."
In addition to breast enhancement, Dr. Tantillo performs facial procedures, such as face lifts and rhinoplasty;