Thank you for the question.
You should be free of any type of nicotine product for at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to tummy tuck surgery. This holds true for other plastic surgical procedures that involve flaps, such as facelifting and breast lifting surgery.
Nicotine behaves as a vasoconstrictor of blood vessels thereby decreasing blood flow to tissues ( that need to receive blood flow to heal after surgery). A decrease in this blood flow may result in wound healing problems and/or tissue death.
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