Skip to comments.'Smoking can make your nipples fall off': Plastic surgeon warns of gangrene following breast lift
Posted on 12/09/2011 8:41:34 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Smoking can make your nipples fall off - this is the astonishing claim by Dr Anthony Youn, one of American's top plastic surgeons.
The practitioner from Detroit, Michigan, was quick to point out this applied to patients who underwent breast lifts to perk up their chests.
He said the nicotine and carbon monoxide taken in during smoking can disrupt blood flow to different parts of the body and so disrupts the healing process following surgery.
The toxins can act as a 'virtual tourniquet' and effectively kill a body part by stopping blood from reaching it.
Speaking to CNN Health, Dr Youn said: 'I cringe every time I see a patient for a breast lift who is a smoker.
'Im deathly afraid that despite my warnings, she will smoke before or after surgery and cause her nipples to turn black and fall off.
'I've seen it before,' he claimed.
Dr Youn said he treated one female smoker whose nipples had turned purple after smoking caused the tiny veins in the breast to fail, leading to a backup of old blood.
Left untreated they could have turned black and fallen off.
He had to resort to using leeches over several days to suck out the old blood and so restore the woman's nipples to a healthy pink.
He told CNN he now made sure all of his patients understood the dire outcomes that could result from smoking following a cosmetic operation.
'If you are having a breast lift or reduction and you smoke, your nipples could turn black and fall off.
'If you are having a tummy tuck and you smoke, you may get an infection resulting in a big gross open wound that will take three months to heal.
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Sounds like he may be simply piling onto the anti-smoking bandwagon.
Sort-of-a-Nanny State PING!
There is a Southpark episode in this.
Ah smoking, is there anything it can’t do?
“He had to resort to using leeches for several days to suck out the old blood....”
FINALLY someone came up with something useful for the OWS to do!;)
Put that on the surgeon general's warning on cigarette packs.
OK, let me be the first:
“What a boob!”
I was laughing at the pic until I saw what was hanging down. Then I threw up.
I was just thinking yesterday, I said to myself, "You know, there are certain sentences that will never appear in the English language, oh, like, 'Smoking can make your nipples fall off.'" And then I wake up this morning and see this! It's a funny world.
So, if I don’t like my nipples, I should take up smoking?
ATHF - great episode
That’s probably why women aren’t supposed to smoke when breast feeding. What a nasty trick to play on a baby.
what would make that sentence great is if it were read aloud by Jackie Mason
It does sound pretty funny...
Apparently this surgeon can’t put a nipple back on a breast during reduction or reconstruction surgery without worrying that the darn thing might fall off (and is all set to place the blame on any and all things besides his lack of skill)
....he must not have been paying attention during HomeEc sewing.....
[ So, if I dont like my nipples, I should take up smoking? ]
You gotta get the breast lift first.....
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