Removing and replacing piercings before and after augmentation. Any suggestions?

I am having a breast augmentation with a periareolar incursion. I currently have a nipple and a vaginal piercing. Will I have to remove the vaginal piercing before the procedure (I know the nipple rings have to be removed)? Also will I be able to put my nipple rings in after the procedure is over? They are healed, but I am worried about them closing up post op.

Doctor Answers 6

Piercings and Surgery

Body piercing pose a serious potential risk for surgery and need to be removed to allow a safer performance of surgery. No surgeon likes the surprise of finding piercings on the OR table which force cutting the piercing if it cannot be removed. Most surgeons would allow you to put them back after the surgery Is over. 
Dr. Peter A. AldeaMemphis, TN


Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your questions. All jewelry, dentures and body piercings must be removed. You can put them all back in the day after surgery.

Jack Peterson, MD
Topeka Plastic Surgeon
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Body Piercings and Surgery

All body piercings must be removed before surgery can begin. This includes jewelry made of any type of metal. I do not see a problem replacing them once the surgery is completed. Please make sure to keep these areas extremely clean. You do not want any increased risk of infection to the breast area.

Lawrence Bundrick, MD
Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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Piercings and breast augmentation.

Piercings will need to be removed during the surgery. For my patients with nipple piercings, I routinely replace the piercings for them after the incisions are closed and have skin glue applied. Best regards

Removing and replacing piercings before and after augmentation. Any suggestions?

Thank you for your question. Typically all piercings need to be removed before surgery. Depending on the surgeon's recommendations, you should be able to put the rings back in after surgery. 
Best,  

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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