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Smoking and Your Face

New York NY Facial Plastic Surgeon

Smoking affects every aspect of your health and your body. If you smoke, you need to quit – but that is not new information. Perhaps understanding how smoking is ruining the appearance of your face will be an incentive to help you kick the habit once and for all.

Almost everyone desires to look good and to look as young as possible. Avoiding overexposure to the sun’s harmful rays, drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, and maintaining a healthy diet are great ways to help you look your best. But if you smoke, you can do everything else “right” and still add ages to your appearance.

As a plastic surgeon who concentrates on helping patients find their optimal facial appearance, Dr. Khosh wants all patients to know that smoking accelerates aging. People who smoke almost 100% of the time look years older than their peers who do not smoke. The use of nicotine hampers the blood flow to the skin tissues, draining it of its essential nutrients and oxygen and accelerating the aging process.

Smoking cigarettes, cigars, or whatever no doubt causes tooth discoloration and stains. A dull smile detracts from a person’s appearance, making them look years older than they really are.

Perhaps an unexpected effect of smoking that affects your appearance is nighttime nicotine withdrawal. If you smoke and are constantly feeling unrested even after a full night’s rest, it is likely that your body is tossing and turning while you sleep as it fights off eight hours of withdrawal from nicotine. When you do not get a good night’s sleep, it shows on your face.

If you are going to invest your time and money into facial plastic surgery and you are a smoker – you are simply throwing your money away. Any benefits of plastic surgery will be undermined and undone if you continue to smoke. Dr. Khosh encourages all patients to kick the nicotine habit before they commit to undergoing plastic surgery in order to see and enjoy the best results.

Posted on behalf of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS

Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS
580 Park Avenue Suite 1BE,
New York, NY 10065
(212) 339-9988

What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


Based on 174 reviews

Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
Dr. Khosh & his staff Susan & Christine are absolutely amazing! They were so supportive & helpful from beginning to end & they are just wonderful people. Thank you guys I truly appreciate everything you guys have done for me. I would recommend them to anyone & everyone!
Joann M.
After visiting and being evaluated by several doctors, I kept going back to Dr. Khosh. His tranquil spirit and professionalism were captivating. Thank you for a job well done and keeping me calm throughout the entire process. A special thanks to your staff Susan and Christine for all of their support as well. Hi highly recommend Dr. Khosh.
Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
i can finally breathe!! Dr. Khosh made the entire experience a breeze, it was truly a pleasure to be under his care. I am forever thankful and highly recommend him. Not only does his work speak for himself, but he has excellent bedside manner. His kindness and patience is above and beyond. He takes the time to answer to every question you have to help you understand the process while at the same time making you feel so comfortable. From the first consultation i knew i was in good hands. I am so pleased with the result and forever thankful.
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