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If I Stop Smoking 2 Week Before my TT Will I Be Ok?

if i stop smoking 2 week before my surgery will i be ok

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Better than nothing but 6 weeks would be better


Many patients struggle before their surgery with quitting smoking. I realized quitting is quite impossible for some, but decreasing the number of cigarettes is a big step. Some patients are able to stop smoking completely and if you can 2 weeks prior the surgery sounds great. Your body will get a chance to cleanse from nicotine and that will help out with the healing process. Ideally you should be at least 6 weeks without a single cigarette

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Stop smoking 2 weeks before tummy tuck


no, 2 weeks is not enough in my opinion. Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is one of the procedures that due to the elevation of the skin envelope requires excellent blood supply. smoking causes vasospasm and constriction of blood vessels and therefore lead to some of the skin dying. I personally would recommend at least 3 months before proceeding after stopping smoking.

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking and tummy tuck don't mix


I recommend that you stop smoking for at least six weeks prior to tummy tuck and no cigarettes for six weeks after either in order to properly heal.

Smoking poses serious risk for complications in tummy tucks.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking & A Tummy Tuck


I don’t  operate on people that smoke. I think they have a 10 fold increased risk for complications. I recommend the patient stops smoking for 6 weeks before. I do not operate on patients who smoke and desire a procedure that requires skin undermining like a facelift, tummy tuck, breast reduction or mastopexy as the risks for skin loss are too high.  They can stop smoking for 6 weeks and I will reconsider doing their procedure.


Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking and surgery


I can’t stress it enough: A cigarette habit greatly compromises healing. Smoking triggers the release of skin-damaging free radicals, increases swelling, worsens scarring, and impedes healing by limited blood flow to the skin. If you smoke, you should refrain for at least two weeks before your procedure and two weeks after. That’s a month without nicotine, during a time when you’re likely to be anxious about undergoing and recovering from surgery. Since cutting out cigarettes will undoubtedly frazzle you further, I’d far prefer it, of course, if you started cutting back well before that two-week sentence. It’s a bad idea to be smoking regularly before you have surgery, and an even worse idea after. 

Michelle Copeland, MD, DMD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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No smoking for one month before and after a tummy tuck


Two weeks is absolutely not enough time to quit smoking before a tummy tuck. To be safe, you should quit for at least one month before surgery and stay away from all smoke, even secondary smoke for a month after surgery. A single cigarette can kill your belly skin and absolutely ruin your results. Take this advice very seriously. If you cheat, you are only cheating yourself and can mess up all that you have worked for.  Quit smoking now and quit forever!

James McMahan, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Stopping smoking two weeks before surgery


There is absolutely NO way I would operate on a smoker who had only quit two weeks prior to surgery. I require no less than six weeks. I even administer a test that  detects whether the patient is smoke-free or not. The reason myself and some other physicians are strict, isn't for our own health and's for yours.  

An abdominoplasty is a big procedure than requires a large incision site.  It is critical to have good blood supply to the incision site.  Smoking constricts blood vessels.  In addition, smokers have a higher infection rate too.

While it's always best to speak with your own physician, I strongly recommend you wait a few more weeks.

Jeffrey Hartog, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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If I Stop Smoking 2 Wks Before my TT Will I Be Ok?Answer:


There are 3 operations that carry the most risk in smokers and they are the "lifting" ones...Breast, Tummy and Face...I recommend to my patients at least 3 weeks before but...there is still a risk of problems including larger areas of dead skin on your tummy. One suggestion as well is that if you sneak a few cigs before surgery, please tell your doctor...They really need to know and may be able to make some changes at surgery to help reduce problems for you..

John J. Corey, MD
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Nicotine use Before Tummy Tuck?


Thank you for the question.

Unfortunately, there can be no guarantees that you will be “okay” despite stopping all nicotine products several weeks before surgery. In other words, complications may still arise despite everyone's best efforts.

Please make sure you have selected  a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
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Nicotine and abdominoplasty


I reccomend at least three weeks of smoking cessation before and three weeks after surgery.  Even then, you may have a slightly increased of wound healing problems because of the longer term effects of nicotine. 

Vishnu Rumalla, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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