Smoker Home › Forums › ASK A PLASTIC SURGEON A QUESTION › Smoker This topic contains 1 reply, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Dr. John Kao 2 years, 5 months ago. Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) Author Posts May 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm #4294 robyn123Participant Hi I’m a cigarette smoker and wondering if this means I can’t/shouldn’t get a tummy tuck until I quit smoking. Thank you May 3, 2017 at 9:22 am #4295 Dr. John KaoParticipant Yes you are right! Smoking reduces blood flow and specifically the nicotine. Smoking can cause increased risk of infection, problems with wound healing and tissue death You must stop smoking 2 weeks before and after tummy surgery . No nicotine substitutes like Nicorette gum or patch. You can use Champix or Zyban, see your family doctor to discuss. Dr John Kao http://www.markhamplasticsurgery.com Author Posts Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.