Is It Okay to Wear a Wig During Breast Reduction Surgery?

It is a comfort item that I would rather do without...

Doctor Answers 7

Breast Reduction Protocol?

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Probably best to check with your specific surgeon and facility in regards to your concerns. Best wishes with your upcoming breast reduction surgery; it is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform.


Wig in the operating room

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Hospital operating rooms will not permit wigs to be worn during surgery, but you certainly can check.. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Wigs and Surgery

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Different operating rooms have different protocols. You should discuss this with your surgeon, anesthesiologist and nursing staff. They may be able to accommodate your request depending on their protocols. Good luck with your surgery.

Margaret Skiles, MD (retired)
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon

Wig during breast reduction surgery

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I understand that you'd be uncomfortable without the wig but operating room protocols would prevent you from wearing it. However, don't hesitate to mention this because the OR staff will provide you with a sterile "shower cap" and pemit you to put it on in a private setting if this is important to you.

Wig during surgery?

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Wigs are not permitted during surgery as we want to respect the sterile environment of the operating room. However, we respect your wishes and we understand that things like wigs and dentures are very difficult for people to part with. Your plastic surgeon and your OR team want the very best for you. We also respect the way you like to present yourself.  In most cases, dentures, wigs and other similar things can be replaced in the post-operative area before even family will see you.  

Your safety should always be the first priority of your surgeon. But, a compassionate surgeon will also understand the importance of things like wigs to their patients and will be mindful of protecting the dignity of their patients

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 123 reviews

Protecting a patient's dignity

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This question does come up from time to time.  Depending upon the wig and specific surgery center protocols it may be allowed.   In any case the staff will do all that can be done to protect your dignity.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Wearing a wig during breast reduction surgery

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You should ask your plastic surgeon what the surgical center's protocol is for this. In the scheme of things, your head is usually covered with a hat so it shouldn't make a difference whether or not you have a wig on. Of course, there always are rules no matter how irrational or unsubstantiated by evidence that they may be.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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