Will I need to remove my body piercings during BA surgery?

I am getting a BA in July, I was wondering if I absolutely have to take out my lip piercing(Monroe) during surgery? If I take it out I am afraid it will close. Even now if I take it out for more then 5 minutes it hurts to put back in. If I do have to take it out will I be able to put in a plastic piercing to keep it open until after surgery?

Doctor Answers 12

Treatment of piercings during surgery

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The surgery center nurses do not always remove pierced jewelry during surgery, but occasional cover it with tape. If your piercing is not in the field of surgery, I do not see a problem with leaving in it, but you will need to follow the protocol of your surgeon and the surgery center. 
If they still want it removed, you can ask them to immediately place a prolene suture through hole (to keep it open) and then replace the jewelry after surgery. 
Good luck.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Will I need to remove my body piercings during Breast Augmentation surgery?

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During your surgery, your plastic surgeon will use electrocautery to control bleeding when making pockets for your breast implants. There is a potential for electrical burns if metal piercings are left in place. I would remove the metal piercings and temporarily replace them with plastic if you are concerned about the holes closing. Thank you for sharing your question. Best wishes.

Dr. Gregory Park

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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I think a study needs to be done

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as there is this old wives tale of not having piercings in when having surgery.  I've never seen an isolated piercing conduct current as is speculated here.  And when taped, most of the time the tape is pushing the metal down on the skin and not really doing anything in terms of insulating it from your body.  Certainly you do not want to touch the cautery to the metal jewelry so you shouldn't have any piercings in the field of surgery.  Changing others to plastic certainly will not harm you but I doubt it really helps.  Intraoral piercings can be dislodged by the ET tube so those should be removed after you're asleep and put back in before you awaken.  Your surgeon will have his/her own preference and you simply must follow their direction or find another surgeon.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
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Removing piercings before a breast augmentation

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It is best to remove any metal piercing and replace them with plastic ones.  Plastic surgeons use electric current to cauterize blood vessels.  The plastic piercing will not conduct the electrical pulse and will provide more safety.

Christopher Costanzo, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
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Hello.  Your piercings can be replaced with plastic substitutes to ensure your safety during surgery. Sometimes your physician may exchange them after you are "put to sleep". 

Piercings and Breast Augmentations

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Hello thevon5893 hope all is well, thank you for the questions. It is always helpful if you discuss your concerns with your surgeon and keep a close contact with him/her, communicating your concerns with your surgeon will be helpful to you as they are  the best person to address your questions and concerns since they know how the procedure will be done. I ask my patients to remove piercings around or in your mouth area as a concern for the anesthesiologist of something coming loose and traveling into your airway no matter how cautious one is there is always a risk, and if it can be avoided it is best to do so.

Best of luck!

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Should I remove body piercings during Breast Augmentation surgery?

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It is preferred to remove any metal body piercings prior to surgery, plastic piercings are okay. The best doctors to ask will be your board certified plastic surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Good luck with your surgery in July!

Body piercings?

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If your physician uses electric cautery during breast augmentation, then yes. 

Best of luck with you upcoming surgery.

Marc J. Salzman, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Will I need to remove my body piercings during BA surgery?

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We have never required piercings to be removed unless they are actually in the surgical site. But you need to do what your surgeon requires. 

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Jewelry during surgery

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In general, we don't want metal jewelry, such as piercings worn, to avoid potential transfer energy and cause a thermal injury from cautery, or hot knife often used in this surgery.  You could cover with tape, but its likely best to remove for safety.

Rodney E. Schmelzer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon

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