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A 24-year-old male asked:

I had cheekbone implants made of rib cartilage put in 8 months ago. i don't smoke but unfortunately did at a party yesterday, i had 3 cigarettes and 2 thin cigars. could this 1 time event resorb them? would there be any signs like resorbing unevenly?

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Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
No: This will not cause resorption from one time.
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
No: Smoking following any grafting procedure of the head and neck region can affect the success of the graft. The one time event of smoking 8 months postoperatively should not have a detrimental effect on your grafted areas.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 38 years experience
Unlikely: However, several factors, including aging, sun damage, smoking, stretching and obesity, can cause the permanent damage to cheekbone implants.
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Last updated Aug 18, 2015

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