Richard V. Dowden, M.D., C.M., F.A.C.S.

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, Inc.
6770 Mayfield Road, Suite 410
(Mayfield Heights) Cleveland, Ohio 44124
(440) 449-7470


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about
breast enlargement:

I have some body piercings, can I still have breast implants?

Yes. And you do not necessarily have to remove them for an operation as was routinely done in the past.
Nipple rings:
I do ask the woman to remove a nipple ring about two days before operation so that any inflammation can subside and the track become cleansed. Then if she wishes, she can bring the ring to the surgery center, where we can sterilize it, and then re-insert the ring or a placeholder at the end of the procedure while she is still asleep.
Navel rings:
There is also no problem with navel rings with the transumbilical breast augmentation ("TUBA"). I may ask the woman to remove a navel ring or stud two days before operation, she can bring the ring to the surgery center, where we can sterilize it, and then re-insert the ring or a placeholder at the end of the procedure while she is still asleep.
Tongue studs:
My anesthesiologists prefer that these be removed just before operation, and they can be re-inserted when the patient leaves the recovery room.
Rings and studs in other places:
In the past, patients were required to remove all metal objects for an operation, but that is no longer required.
(Although I will put navel or nipple rings back in, I do not do original piercing of the navel or any other parts.)
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