When to stop smoking depends on the type of surgery you are having. The effects of nicotine and tar will affect different surgeries in different ways. Tummy tucks, breast reductions and lift, and facelifts are particularly prone to the bad effects of smoking. I usually tell patients to stop at least a week before, though many do reccomend you stop for two. Equally important is not smoking after the surgery for at least a week!
The truth is that we do not know the exact answer to that question and it probably varies between patients. My thought is that we are talking about an elective cosmetic procedure so we should be very conservative in our recommendations. Therefore, I have patients stop smoking for 3 months prior to any surgery that involves creation of a flap such as a tummy tuck, body lift, breast reduction, mastopexy or facelift. Hopefully you will not resume smoking but waiting at least 6 weeks or so postop is a good idea.
Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well. I recommend you to quit smoking a month before surgery. And also, before surgery have oxygen treatments to help your skin and body get more oxygenation that your skin need after surgery. Is very important for you, because I you don't you can get skin necossis
I recommend a minimum of 4 weeks of complete smoking cessation before and after surgery (this includes nicotine products/gum/vapor/etc). Depending upon your specific procedure, you may want to look online at pictures of it and necrosis - which can sometimes occur. If someone can not stop smoking - then we cancel their surgery. Simply not worth the risk.
I like my patients to be quit for 4 to 6 weeks prior to and after their procedure. If they are unable to do this they should avoid having surgery. Good luck.
Smoking increases the complication rate significantly. I prefer patients to avoid smoking at least 2-4 weeks prior to surgery and 2-4 weeks after.
The truth is that you should stop and not resume! For major procedures such as tummy tuck, at least 4 weeks pre op and 6 weeks post op. For minor procedures, less. Keep in mind that the nicotine interferes with wound healing so, in terms of scarring, you do yourself no favor by resuming cigarette use.
It depends upon the procedures-minimum 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after. This includes not using nicotine gum or patches and no second hand smoke.
Wound healing, skin necrosis, implant exposure, nipple loss, etc and blood clots/ dvt are at higher risk.
Discussion with your plastic surgeon is recommended.
Smoking and specifically the nicotine is the causative factor that can worsen outcomes after surgery. The nicotine causes constriction of the blood vessels, and the blood vessels bring the blood that carries the healing cells to the incision. By limiting the cells that heal tissue and fight off infection, a smoker is placing themselves at significantly increased risk for wound complications and infection. There is some literature that at least six weeks should be allowed between the last use of nicotine and surgery. The longer the better to allow your body to remove the effects of nicotine and normalize wound healing ability. All the best,
It is not a good idea to smoke around the time of the procedure. Scars will be worse, healing slower. But procedures such as a facelift, tummy tuck, body lifts, do not smoke for at least 6 weeks or longer before or after the procedure as there is strong literature support of significant increased complications due to the smoking. There procedures require undermining or lifting of the skin and tightening it. The vasoconstriction due to smoking, is not good.