Stopped Smoking 1 Week Before TT, Is there Anything that Can Help Get Nicotine Out of System?

I am 1.75m and weighs 89kg My Tummy Tuck is scheduled for the 6th of December 2011. I was still smoking up untill Sunday past. Is there any fruit or food that can help get most of the necotine out of my body before 6 December 2011.

Doctor Answers 11

Nicotine effects on a tummy tuck

Nicotine is a fast acting drug. The effects of carbon monoxide last much longer, as do the negative consequences on your respiratory system. I know of nothing but time that will improve this, short of time spent in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
I will not perform a tummy tuck or a face lift on a smoker. The risk is just not worth it. Nicotine is a potent vasoconstrictor and carbon monoxide binds with hemoglobin to displace oxygen from your blood, which you will need to heal and combat infection. Poor wound healing, increased scarring, and ischemic necrosis are the result. I recommend smoking cessation for a minimum of two weeks before and four weeks after surgery, if not longer. Take advantage of this great opportunity to quit smoking forever, but at a minimum, please inform your surgeon that you are smoking if you have not done so already.

Orem Plastic Surgeon
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Stopped smoking 1 week before TT, is there anything that can help get nicotine out of system?

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.  Nothing can help rid the system besides time.   I would discuss this with your surgeon prior to your procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking and tummy tuck

It is unsafe to undergo TT if you have been smoking. It is recommended that you do not smoke for six weeks before and six weeks after surgery.

Getting the nicotine out of your system does not do anything to improve healing.  If you have been smoking up to one week prior to surgery, I invite you to consider postponing surgery until you have quit smoking the required amount of time. It's your body and your call though.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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No smoking or Nicotine minimum 6 weeks before Tummy Tuck Surgery-no exceptions

You must be Nicotine free for 6 weeks before Tummy Tuck. This means no patch no gum no cigarettes for 6 weeks before surgery.

The Tummy Tuck or Abdominoplasty along with facelift are the two operations that can have disastrous results in active smokers.

The Nicotine in your system causes spasms of the blood vessels which are necessary to supply blood to the abdominal skin during Tummy Tuck.

The presence of Nicotine in your blood can cause the abdominal skin to die resulting in the need for further surgery to remove dead skin and horrible abdominal scars.

Cancel your surgery, discuss with your doctor and be abstinent fro m Nicotine for the recommended period.

To be safe we do blood tests before surgery in smokers before doing a Tummy Tuck or Face;lift.

Stopped Smoking 1 Week Before TT, Is there Anything that Can Help Get Nicotine Out of System?

You Really don't want to rush this and have complications like dead skin or a dead belly button...the smartest thing would be to postpone the surgery as the other doctors have advised...but above sure and be honest with your doctor...they NEED to know...

John J. Corey, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking Cessation and Tummy Tuck

I would recommend that you postpone your surgery.  You and your physician will both suffer if you have a nicotine related complication such as dead skin and fat in the lower abdomen.  If this occurs, it may take months to heal and will never look like it would if you had no complications.  Be honest with yourself.  This is a cosmetic procedure, not an emergent surgery.  Do everything to stop smoking before you have this done and continue to avoid all nicotine for at least a month after surgery as well.  You should let your surgeon know now.

Don W. Griffin, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking 1 Week Before Tummy Tuck

There is no way to clear the toxic products from cigarettes out of your system any faster. I would suggest you tell your surgeon right away and ask if you should reschedule your surgery. You should be having this done under the best possible conditions.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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1 week before tummy tuck and smoking

I personally would tell you to reschedule your surgery. I will not consider abdominoplasty on a patient that is still smoking. You would need at least 6 weeks off of nicotine products to consider surgery. There is no way that I am aware of to remove the effects of nicotine before that.

Rick Rosen, MD
Norwalk Plastic Surgeon
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Smoking effect on surgery

It takes close to 4 weeks to clear all forms of nicotine from the blood stream.  There are no magical ways to have this happen faster than this time line.  The consequences of having any form of nicotine in the blood stream on the circulation to an abdominoplasty procedure are so severe  that I would discuss this carefully with your doctor.  As a physician I would always want my patients to tell me truthfully about this issue, because I have seen the ultimate loss of skin as a result of the constricting effect of nicotine on an abdominal flap.   I would rather reschedule the surgery for a later time rather than have you suffer the consequences of your smoking habit.  Please consider and discuss  this  concern to your Plastic Surgeon


Good luck.


Frank Rieger M.D.  Tampa Plastic Surgeon

Nicotine use Before Tummy Tuck?

Thank you for the question.

Unfortunately, there is no substance that I am aware of that will eliminate nicotine from your system. I would suggest that you inform your plastic surgeon that you have been smoking recently.

Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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