Abdominoplasty and the Risks of Smoking

Abdominoplasty is one of the most performed cosmetic surgeries by the CBC Surgery Institute team.

Who is the best candidate for abdominoplasty?

People with abdominal flaccidity due to weight loss or repeated pregnancies are candidates for abdominoplasty. The purpose is to eliminate abdominal flaccidity, restore muscle, remove localized fat, improve abdominal stretch marks, and sometimes repair hernias.

How long does an abdominoplasty last?

The surgery can last an average of 3 hours. The results obtained are spectacular. However, it is essential to select the candidates well, explain the possible adverse effects and be aware of the measures to follow in the postoperative period.

What is the relationship between smoking and abdominoplasty?

Chronic smoking is one of the fundamental causes of poor abdominoplasty results. The surgeon should explain to the patient the importance of quitting smoking if she wishes to undergo abdominoplasty to prevent complications and undesirable results.

Smoking increases the adverse effects as it causes poor abdominal skin microcirculation. During abdominoplasty we cause a deficit of blood supply to the abdominal skin, both because of the wide incision that must be made, and because of the final suture under tension to give firmness. A patient with no history of smoking does not usually have problems of scarring or good blood supply to the skin flaps, but when there is cigarette smoking, the risks of flap necrosis, unsightly scars, among others, are multiplied.

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Therefore, from CBC Surgery Institute, we always remind our patients that they should not smoke at least 15 days before and 15 days after an abdominoplasty in order to prevent complications.