Will smoking marijuana a week before surgery affect being put under? I suffer from chronic headaches and I’m not a normal full time user of marijuana, but a week ago I did because I had such bad pain. I heard it can affect my surgery is this true? I plan to ask my doctor
A: Smoking can have adverse effect on tummy tuck healing
Smoking tobacco or marijuana can adversely affect wound healing in any type of plastic surgery, especially a tummy tuck. Smoking causes decreased blood flow to the skin and soft tissues and can lead to a higher incidence of infection, poor scarring and wound healing problems (wound could partially open-dehiscence). It is generally recommended to stop all tobacco products and smoking for at least two to eight weeks before and after elective plastic surgery procedures.
Please discuss this issue in detail with your plastic surgeon prior to scheduling any elective cosmetic procedure.