Let your surgeon know that you smoked recently and how much. Let him or her make an informed decision about whether or not it is a good idea to proceed with surgery at this time. The risks from smoking are real. It can lead to poor wound healing and skin loss, even in small amounts. Several years ago I had a patient that was smoking marijuana on occasion. She didn't let me know, and she developed skin loss after surgery necessitating a few weeks of wound care and a second procedure to close the wound. Do everyone a favor, especially yourself, and be honest and upfront with your surgeon and your surgical team.
Tummy tuck surgery scheduled for tomorrow. I smoked 3 cigarettes 3 days ago. Will nicotine show in my blood work or urine?
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Smoking prior to tummy tuck
Nicotine and tummy tuck
Tummy tuck scheduled and I smoked 3 cigarettes.
work and urine at least upto 72 hrs. We routinely screen our patients preoperaively for things such as a tummy tuck and will postpone surgery. This is not as a penalty to the patient but we really want to assure your best possible outcome. Smoking drastically increased your risks of wound healing complications and can make for a very hard recovery and poor aesthetic result. Be honest with you plastic surgeon. We have you safety in mind first and foremost.
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Smoking affects your skin healing for weeks
Thank you for this question. Most smoking tests detect short-lasting (48 hour) and long-lasting (7 day) byproducts of smoking, so it should show up on your test. More importantly, one cigarette can cause reduced blood flow to your skin for up to eight hours, so it doesn't take many of them to dramatically affect your healing.
Researchers at University of Toronto found that it takes 2 weeks for your skin to return to normal flow after any smoking at all. Having an operation during that time of poor blood flow is asking for complications, and stopping is the single best thing you can do to improve your chances of having a good outcome. You should let your surgeon know and reschedule for later, when you have the best chances of surgery without a complication.
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Smoking before tummy tuck
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