How Long Between Smoking and MOM?

I've saved up, lost almost all of the weight and am researching who will be my PS for a mommy makeover. Unfortunately I have fallen back to a weakness.........smoking. I understand you MUST be a non smoker in order to go through such an involved surgery. I am excited to quit and honestly this surgery is giving me the will power to finally be able to do it. My question is how long do I have to be an ex-smoker before I would be an eligible candidate for a full TT, lipo, & breast aug.? BTW-age 34

Doctor Answers 29

Smoking and the Mommy Makeover Surgery

Smoking may increase a chance of surgical complications and affect your #healing and the end result of your surgery. It's best to call your plastic #surgeon to better clarify. It's important to implement healthy lifestyle choices to not only prolong your surgical results, but most importantly, to reduce your risk of illness and disease which will impact your health. If you find it difficult to quit #smoking, speak to your physician who can provide information and programs that are properly designed to help you quit.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking and Mommy Makover

Smoking 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 patient 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.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Smoking and surgery

It's best if you were to not smoke for at least a month or two before your surgery. This would allow your body to clear out the nicotine. Of course each surgeon has their own advice, so you should talk to your surgeon first about what they suggest. 

I'm glad to hear that this surgery is giving you the will power to do it. Good luck!

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

No Smoking or Nicotine 8 weeks before Mommy Makeover

Thank you for your question. Smoking can reduce the amount of blood flowing to your skin and create very serious complications after a Mommy Makeover.

Some studies have shown that 5 weeks abstinence is adequate however the Mommy Makeover creates unique and serious stress on the blood flow to your tummy and breasts after surgery.

I recommend waiting 8 weeks after complete cessation of smoking and abstinence from Nicotine. This includes Nicotine patches and gum.

I also do a blood test just before surgery to be certain there is no nicotine in  your system just before surgery.

Smoking and surgery

Congratulations on your weight loss!  Now that you've lost the weight and saved up your money, the last thing you want is a complication after surgery!  Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and it will greatly decrease your chance of a complication after surgery. Tobacco smoke has been proven to interfere with wound healing and increase your chance of a capsular contracture. So it is best to quit smoking for at least 4 weeks before surgery.  Good luck!

James Knoetgen, III, MD
Fresno Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Surgery and the Effects of Smoking

It is critical to stop smoking prior to surgery. For my patients I require a minimum of 2 weeks before and two weeks after, but the longer the better.Smoking increases inflammation which in turn increases the risk of numerous complications such as; pneumonia, cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke and infection to name a few. If you have quit for a month perhaps you can make it permanent and enjoy a healthy new body! Good luck!

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Quit smoking before surgery. / Deje de fumar antes de la cirugia

Quit smoking is probable the most beneficial thing you can do prior to surgery to help prevent complications.  Obviously the further before surgery to best.  But in my experience the most important thing is not to cheat!!  Even one cigarette after surgery can destroy all the surgeon's hard work and be a big financial drain for you.  This goes for marijuana as well.  Remember that smoking ages you and is extremely harmful for your children.  Good luck with your procedure!




Anire Okpaku MD


Dejar de fumar is probablemente lo mas benefico que usted pueda hacer antes de su cirugia para prevenir complicaciones. Obviamente lo mas pronto que lo haga antes de su cirugia mejor. En mi experiencia lo mas imporante es no enganarse a si mismo. Hasta un solo cigarro despues de cirugia puede hechar a perder todo el trabajo duro del cirujano y convertirse en una gran perdida financiera para usted. Esto sirva igual para la marijuana. Acuerdese de que fumar envejece y es extremamente danino para todos los ninos.


Suerte en su cirugia!




Anire Okpaku MD

Anire Okpaku, MD FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Smoking and cosmetic surgery

I tell my patients to stop smoking 2 weeks before and after a mommy makeover.  However, with a history of smoking your risks of wound healing complications is higher.

Jeffrey E. Schreiber, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 202 reviews

Stop smoking for at least four weeks before a mommy makeover

You should be off all nicotine and tobacco related products for at least four weeks before having a mommy makeover procedure. The longer you can stop smoking before (and after) surgery, the lower your risk of wound healing complications. Each plastic surgeon has his or her own guidelines, but most would recommend about four weeks of no smoking before surgery. Please discuss this in detail with your plastic surgeon at the time of your consultation.


Best wishes,


William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 377 reviews

How Long Should I Quit Smoking?

   Dear ReadyForReset, While there is no hard or fast rules about this, as you can see by the variety of answers, most of us would recommend stopping smoking at least 2-4 weeks before surgery and at least 4 weeks after surgery. This includes ALL nicotine products. By stopping smoking you will reduce, but not eliminate, your risks of diminished blood supply, infection and pneumonia to mention a few. Once you've stopped smoking for 6-8 weeks you should well on your way to quitting for good. Best wishes.

Douglas L. Gervais, MD
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 175 reviews

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