Smokers are usually aware of the negative impacts their habit can have on their skin. These effects can include wrinkles, fine lines around the mouth, discolouration of the hands and lips, dental disease, and more.
Many smokers and ex-smokers turn to aesthetic skin procedures like anti-wrinkle injections to reverse these effects, often with great results. But if they continue to smoke after the treatment, injections will not always be the right solution for them.
Smoking reverses the benefits
If a smoker receives anti-wrinkle injections, smoking will shorten the results of their treatment and the effects will be reversed in a short time. They will need to have the injections repeated more often to maintain the results.
Smoking delays healing
It takes longer for smokers to recover from anti-wrinkle injections. Injectables can cause some slight short-term bruising and people who smoke can have weaker immune systems and are more likely to have adverse side effects.
Smoking worsens the symptoms
A common reason that smokers receive injectables is to treat fine lines around the mouth – and anti-wrinkle injections are an ideal procedure for stabilising the muscles to achieve this! However, continuing to smoke after the procedure causes the same pucker movement of the lips and further deepens the lines, making the treatment redundant.
The silver lining
If you no longer smoke - or quit smoking after receiving anti-wrinkle injections - you can see the same amazing results that non-smokers experience! Injectables can help to reduce fine lines and rejuvenate your overall skin health, with long-lasting effects.
If you would like to speak to a Skin Doctor or Skin Therapist about your skin concerns, please call us or book your appointment online.