Medical Specialty >> Surgery

Doctors Lounge - Surgery Answers

Back to Surgery Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 8/19/2017.

Forum Name: Surgery Topics

Question: Removing ear cartilage piercing for surgery

 AussieBoom86 - Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:13 pm

I'm having minor surgery, and I have been asked to remove all piercings. I have a 2 month old ear cartilage piercing that I am worried will close when I remove it. I have purchased a non-metal retainer that I am considering replacing it with for the surgery. However, I am not sure what the piercing is made of. I assume it is some form of acrylic.

I have read warnings against the use of acrylic in new piercings because it is porous and harbors bacteria, and it can even release toxins. However, I am only planning to leave the retainer in for a day at the most, not for any extended period of time. Is this a safe option?
 Dr.M.Aroon kamath - Sun Oct 04, 2009 12:12 am

User avatar Hi,
Using an acrylic one temporarily should be OK. Alternately, you may request your surgeon to place a suture such as nylon or prolene through the ear piercing and secure it temporarily.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us