I am going for plastic surgery (Full lipo, Tummy Tuck and BBL) I have my nipples pierced and I wanted to know if I can keep the rings in during surgery if I use the bioflex (plastic) rings instead of the surgical steel ones? I'm afraid to remove them during surgery because I'm scared that they'll close.
Can I leave my nipple rings during surgery if I use plastic rings instead of surgical steel ones?
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All body piercings need to be removed before surgery
Foreign objects, including all body piercings need to be removed before any operation. They are bacteria magnets and can cause serious infections, especially if breast implants are utilized. It is a wive's tale that the openings will close when a ring or stud is removed. Unfortunately, those openings are permanent, and you will be able to easily re-insert the rings after the procedure is finished.
Jewelry and Surgery
You may want to ask your plastic surgeon. However, it's usually advised to remove all jewelry before any surgical procedure.
Best to discuss with your surgeon.
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Be safe-- remove nipple rings.
Nipple rings not only have bacteria on their surface but within the skin tunnel that the ring passes through as well.It’s virtually impossible to eradicate bacteria in this location prior to surgery.For this reason, we always recommend that nipple rings be removed when patients undergo breast augmentation.
We just take them out and put them back in after surgery. Simple as that. Please seek out a board certified plastic surgeon
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I would require that you remove them if you were my patient. It's not worth the infection risk in my opinion. Ask your PS what they recommend.
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