I'm a smoker, I'm planning to do tummy tuck and BBL at the same time. Is it safe?
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Smoking, tummy tuck and butt lift. Safe?
Using tobacco brings a significant risk of cancer, stroke, heat attack, etc. From a Plastic Surgery standpoint it is a vasoconstrictor. Wound healing is all about getting oxygen and needed entities to the wound. It is well known that patients who smoke have a tremendous increase in their rate of serious complications, (infections, wounds falling apart, etc.). Nicotine is the main vasoconstrictor, so getting a patch or lozenge of nicotine won't help the vasoconstriction. Best to be off the tobacco/nicotine entirely before surgery. Please be honest with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Together you can make a plan to quit and proceed with surgery. The amount of time between quitting and surgery will depend on the Plastic Surgeon and the procedure.
Smoking can significantly alter plastic surgery results
Gary Horndeski M.D.
Care Before Surgery
Smoking 10-20 cigarettes a day, the anesthesiologist should authorize the operation
Smoking 5-10 cigarettes per day, you should smoke half
Smoke from 0-5, you should stop smoking
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Absolutely no smoking
Smoking and tummy tuck and Brazilian buttlift
Combined surgeries are common, such as tummy tuck and Brazilian buttlift. The issue is smoking and nicotine use. Nicotine is associated with increased complications such as skin slough, death of the skin of the abdomen, and also open wounds after tummy tuck. I highly recommend quitting smoking for a month before and after your surgery. Your results will be far more superior if you do!
Manish Champaneria, MD
Smoking and tummy tuck with BBL
Nicotine use and tummy tuck
Smoking and flap surgery- Very risky business
If you were my patient, I would refuse to do that kind of surgery. Smoking greatly increases risks of wound healing and tissue loss among other things for these procedures.
Besides, you need to quit smokng.
No Tummy Tuck For Smokers
What we do for a living is move tissues around from one area to another. It's basically a trick that we get away with because we understand the blood supply to tissues and we preserve it - otherwise the surgery fails. Wounds don't heal, skin dies and there are months of healing or reconstructive procedures. Smoking limits the blood supply that we are counting on when we do these operations by making arteries constrict.
Stop smoking first, plastic surgery later.
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