It is well known that smoking damages our health. Not only does it age our veins and lungs, but also it harms our skin. A smoker’s face is the most damaged part of their body. This is because cigarette smoke has a direct impact on skin quality and the presence and depth of wrinkles. Smoking and the sun are the most aggressive agents that act on the skin.
Disease prevention and youthful skin are just two of the benefits of quitting smoking. Clínica Planas´s General Medical Examination Unit increases and reinforces its portfolio of services with this anti-smoking treatment, headed up by the hugely experienced Dr. Josep Morea, head of the pulmonology unit at Clinica Planas.
Clínica Planas´s anti-smoking treatment offers a personalised service that is tailored to the needs of each patient. Motivation and context vary according to a person´s particular circumstances, so we ensure that each patient receives individual attention when quitting smoking.
We take a full medical history at the first visit in order to establish a patient´s starting point. We analyse basic data regarding age, gender, family history, state of health, environment and motivation. If necessary, other medical tests are carried out to complete all the necessary information.
A pirometry is used to establish the precise condition of lungs, an oximetry calculates tobacco intensity and a Fagerström test determines the patient´s nicotine dependence.
Once all this information is compiled, it is time to visit the specialist and begin treatment.
Treatment is very effective, with a drop out rate of just 10%. Your treatment will be underpinned by highly personalised medical advice.
Medical advice is vital for the treatment´s success, but it is not the only tool. Anti-smoking treatment is reinforced with the prescription of substitutive products, such as chewing gum and nicotine patches. The use of chemical pharmaceutical products, such as bupropion or varenicline is only prescribed on especially difficult or urgent cases.
Two weeks after the initial consultation, a vital check up is carried out to determine the treatment´s success and to make adjustments if necessary. A second consultation is then programmed to check that everything is going well and to provide the patient with medication if necessary.