I am a lifetime smoker planning to get fat injections in my smile lines. Will my habitual smoking affect the longevity of my fat injections?
In my opinion fat injections are not appropriate for smile line treatment with or without active smoking. In general, fat injections do not survive well in the perioral area. This would include the nasolabial folds or smile lines. When fat injections do endure it is in the immobile bony portions of the face such as the cheeks and periorbital area. Additionally, I would not perform fat injections or any other anti-aging rejuvenation surgery on a smoker. Smoking will negatively affect the survival of fat transfer and possibly lead to other complications from rejuvenation surgery. Additionally, smoking will induce premature aging and so therefore is contraindicated in pursuing anti-aging surgery.
Posted by Dr. Buckingham