Smokers who get boob jobs have a high risk of their nipples falling off - but blood-sucking LEECHES can save them

Mail Online | 12/8/2017 | Kayla Brantley For Dailymail.com
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Smoking just one month before or after a boob job can lead to your nipples turning black and falling off, according to a top plastic surgeon.

Even if you have never been a smoker, the toxins in a cigarette can cause blood supply to the healing breasts to be cut off ultimately making the nipples fall off.

Doctors - Decaying - Nipples - Treatment - Prognosis

But doctors can save the decaying nipples with a treatment that sounds just as bizarre as the prognosis - blood sucking medical-grade leeches.

Michigan plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn described his experience treating a patient who almost lost her nipples from smoking.

Surgeons - Time - Surgery

Surgeons advised to refrain from smoking during the time of any surgery.

Dr Youn told Daily Mail Online that it is especially dangerous to smoke when having a surgery where the blood supply is significantly altered such as tummy tucks, face lifts and boob jobs.

Nicotine - Carbon - Monoxide - Cigarette - Smoke

'The nicotine and the carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke constricts blood vessels and you need that blood to heal and for your body to be alive,' he said.

If the blood flow to a particular body part is greatly reduced or completely cut off, that body part dies.

Surgery - Cigarette - Carbons - Tourniquet - Nipple

When you smoke before you after surgery, the cigarette carbons act as a 'virtual tourniquet' causing the nipple to die, a process called necrosis.

Dr Youn said that the area will first turn purple or blue, which is a precursor to black, signifying that not enough blood is getting to the area.

Patients - Pain - Area

Patients won't feel much pain, but instead the area will be numb and gradually get worse.

It could take several weeks before the nipple falls off on its own, but typically a doctor would surgically remove it and reconstruct the nipple and areola.

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