Smoking has an undeniably negative impact on every part of your body. In addition to increasing risks for heart attack, stroke, and several different types of cancer, smoking also impacts vision – increasing risks for macular degeneration and glaucoma – and speeds the aging process. If you are a smoker, 2016 is the year to quit. Commit to your health and beauty now by taking that first step.


  • Constricts blood vessels, causing a loss of collagen
  • Damages the skin’s elastic fibers
  • Strips the skin of vitamin A
  • Causes uneven skin tone
  • Deprives cells of oxygen

Following surgery, smoking also slows the wound healing process by decreasing collagen synthesis and slowing blood vessel repair. This is why New York City cosmetic surgeon Dr. Basil Pakeman strongly recommends patients quit smoking at least six weeks prior to any procedure and refrain from ever taking the habit back up.

If you have damaged your skin through smoking, Dr. Pakeman would be happy to discuss options including dermal fillers and facelift surgery that can be used to address the imperfections it has caused. Other treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing or microdermabrasion, may be of use as well. This can best be determined during your initial consultation at our office.

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Pakeman, please contact Manhattan Surgical Care today.