surgeons usually require patients to remove their body piercings before a
surgical procedure. This is standard
protocol, to ensure that there will be no untoward incidents during the
operation. The surgeon uses an electrosurgical device or a cautery machine to
control bleeding; and body piercings, especially those made of metal, put the
patient at risk for burns. You may use plastic jewelry to replace the
metal. However, for hygienic purposes
and to prevent infection, it is advisable to just remove any kind of
piercing. Moreover, if general
anesthesia is used, your gag reflex will be suppressed. Having tongue jewelry may cause aspiration
(i.e. when the object gets into your respiratory tract). You need not worry, as
the Brazilian butt lift surgery would only take a few hours, and the holes
would not close that quickly.
I would ask your surgeon about this as there are several factors to consider here.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA
I think that it is best to ask your surgeon to whether or not you have to remove them before undergoing surgery. Best of luck.