I am having torsoplasty (body lift) in five days and just stopped smoking today. Will five days smoke-free prior to surgery aid in my recovery as long as I continue not to smoke afterwards?

A: Smoking and body lift surgery

You should stop smoking about 2 to 3 weeks before and after any plastic surgery procedure, especially body contouring surgery. Smoking can increase your wound healing complications and infection rates.

Also, smoking can increase your chances of developing a blood clot in your lower extremities (DVT-deep vein thrombosis). Please obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician prior to scheduling a body lift. You should also be honest with your plastic surgeon about how long you have been smoke-free prior to having a body lift or body contouring procedure.

Best wishes.