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

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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

Should be 4 weeks

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Smoking is very detrimental to the recovery process following surgery. It compromises your immune system making your body less effective in fighting infection. It also hinders circulation making the recovery process slower. I usually recommend my patients stop smoking about four weeks before surgery. Please ask your surgeon for their advice. 

Stop smoking 2 weeks before tummy tuck

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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 two weeks before tummy tuck

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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.

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If I stop smoking 2 weeks before my TT, will I be OK?

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Hello! Thank you for your question! The issue with nicotine is that it also acts as a vasoconstrictor, clamping down of blood vessels. Blood supply is always of great concern during any surgical procedure, but especially in such a procedure as a breast augmentation where the viability of the skin/tissue, and nipple-areolar complex is obviously important. Since the vascularity to the area is already tenuous since it will be raised by cutting around the area, maximizing blood flow to the tissue is critical.

Typically, we recommend at least 6 weeks of smoking cessation prior to and at least 6 weeks after any surgical procedure. The longer, the better. Nicotine always increases the risk for infection, nipple necrosis, poor scarring, and wound complications, as well as other health consequences including blood clots. The anesthesia risk is greater with general anesthesia as well as pulmonary issues/lung infections postoperatively. I would discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

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Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking and tummy tuck don't mix

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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

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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

Smoking and surgery

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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. 

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New York Plastic Surgeon
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No smoking for one month before and after a tummy tuck

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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!

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Stopping smoking two weeks before surgery

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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 well-being...it'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.

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