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Why Do I Need to Stop Smoking for My Tummy Tuck Procedure?

Woman Showing Off Stomach After Tummy TuckIf you’re considering tummy tuck surgery (Abdominoplasty) then you should know that as long as you smoke, it probably shouldn’t be done. In order for you to get a flatter, fitter midsection you need toss the cigarettes well before undergoing this procedure.

Why do I need to stop smoking?

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you. It causes us to age faster and can lead to lung cancer. But you may be surprised to hear that smoking can affect your recovery and the results you have after a tummy tuck.

Nicotine kills healthy skin cells and impairs the natural healing process of our bodies. It does this by tightening blood vessels and restricting blood flow. In order to recover quickly from a tummy tuck, and have good looking results, you need healthy skin and good circulation.

How long before surgery should you quit?

Obviously the earlier you toss those cigarettes out the better. Most doctors will require you to be nicotine free (no cigarettes, gum, patches, or vapes) for 6 weeks before and after surgery. Some doctors may even say to quit 3 months ahead of time.

You can do it!

If you’re looking to improve your look by getting a tummy tuck, then there are several things you can do to start improving your health. Use a tummy tuck as motivation and a reward for quitting smoking. With the right channels and good support, you’ll be able to live a longer, healthier life while being nicotine free and enjoying a flatter tummy.

If you’re ready for a surgical consultation, then give Hillcrest Plastic Surgery in Orlando a call. We look forward to meeting you!

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