There was a patient who had been a phenomenally heavy smoker, which is why she'd ended up needing open heart surgery. She went on to have it done and then her wound fell apart and she was sat there on the ward with her entire heart on display because her wounded opened up. Heavy smokers as they get older they tend to age a lot quicker. If for example someone has aged a lot from smoking, in their face, and you're looking to have a facelift, you're talking probably upwards of £10,000 for a facelift it's not a cheap operation. It's not like getting, you know, a a wall patched up that's got a few cracks in it and then it looks as good as new. What you do see though is in smokers is the back of the hands can age and look old. So when you see people's hands sometimes they're a giveaway as to how old they are. Correcting the effects on the back of the hand is doable but it's not a necessarily a great procedure if you ask me. People are doing tightening of the skin at the hands. People are injecting fat into the hands to try and rejuvenate because one of the effects of ageing is that you lose the fat underneath the skin. But if you've got the effect of smoking on top of that it's just going to make all of those things that much more difficult. If you want to tell the real age of someone and you can't tell by looking at their face check out their hands. I'd say: 'You know what? Honestly, give up!' It's uhm, it's just, it's the best thing you can do. You'll save a lot of money. You'll save yourself a lot of hassle later in life. And you'll probably feel a lot better for it.

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The Plastic Surgeon

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