There two kinds of cautery machines - bipolar diathermy and monopolar diathermy. Electric current is conducted from one prong of the forceps to the other prong in a bipolar forceps. Wearing jewellery when using bipolar diathermy is not an issue. However, electricity flows from the diathermy point to the diathermy pad in monopolar diathermy. The diathermy pad is usually stuck far away from the operating site on the thigh. Metal present in this electrical path is at a risk of conducting the electricity and causing a localised burn injury. It is therefore not advisable to wear any metal jewellery during surgery of the breast, where monopolar diathermy is used to create the pocket for the implant.
Thank you for your question. While I can appreciate the inconvenience that removing some body piercings may pose, it is important that all metal piercings are removed prior to surgery to reduce the risk of skin burns. The concern is that the electrical current generated by the bovie electrocautery system, that is often used to reduce bleeding during surgical procedures, can travel to your metal piercings rather than the grounding pad during surgery. With that said, there are some instances where piercings cannot be removed and surgeons will place tape as a 'buffer' or sorts.I would recommend speaking with your operating surgeon to discuss your concerns and his/her specific protocol when it comes to body piercings and surgery. I request that my patients remove all piercings pre-operatively to reduce this un-necessary risk, and in most cases these piercings can be replaced within 24 hours of your procedure.
Thank you for your question. Yes you need to remove all piercings before your procedure for Breast Augmentation.
Although it's possible to have surgery without removing the piercings, there's a small statistical chance that the electrical cautery tool that is used during surgery will cause a "short" that may create a burn in the location of the piercings. The best thing is to remove them and eliminate that chance, even if it's very small.
Problem is risk of being burnt by the electrocatery which is needed to control risky bleeding.. Alternative is to use a balloon dissector which would cost an additional thousand dollars and you still might need electrocautery to control bleeding spots. Nipple piercings have an additional risk of nipple necrosis or lioss of nipple from swelling of the nipple. Good luck with your breast augmentation. Have you considered lip rings to create enlarged lips?
Hi there and thanks for postingMost definitely remove all piercings prior to your surgery. Regards,Richard
Thank you for your answer. In order to perform a successful breast augmentation any piercings should be removed. The piercings can be replaced immediately after.
It is advisable to remove all your piercings and replace them with plastic ones before surgery, since most PS will be using an electrocautery during surgery which conducts electrical impulses and heat.
Yes, these can be taking out just before surgery and replaced immediately afterwards. I recommend an in-office examination as well as a detailed discussion with a surgeon who you are comfortable with and who is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Harvard Educated, Beverly Hills & Miami Beach Trained, Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Hello and thank you for your question. Unfortunately, you will need to remove them in order to avoid heat conduction during the surgery.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon