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Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?

Last post Jun 30, 2004 2:51 PM by Tamar74_NE . 16 replies.


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  • Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    The nurse said not to wear make - up, nail or toe polish for my surgery. I don't wear polish. Just wondering. I didn't think till tonight, I wonder if deodorant would be one you can't use?
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    catmint

  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    Can't use deoderant for mammograms because it might have aluminum in it. That would show up on the xray
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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    You can't wear polish because they need to see the color of your fingernails....maybe something about monitoring your circulation. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I know it's something like that. Don't know about the rest of makeup, though.
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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    Because they want you to look like... (it starts w/an S)

    I'm serious. :O)

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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    OK, makes sense. My DD said the same about the nail color. She is a pretty smart child, of 19, is she. LOL
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    catmint

  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    So I guess I can wear deo. then. since it probably isn't because of chemicals.
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    catmint

  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    OH, SHOOT!! That means I can't leave my socks on! YUCK! I hate my feet, ugly.

    Guess I need to wash them, huh. LOL JUst kidding. But they are ugly.
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    catmint

  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    ill feel naked without my socks. :(
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    catmint

  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    You can't wear nail polish because they wanna look at the color of your nails. If they turn blue, you aren't getting enough oxygen.
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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    I think they will let you wear socks.
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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    It's mostly so they can monitor your skin tones...nail polish interferes with the oxygen monitor that they put on your finger. They can tell a lot about your oxygen level by looking at your skin tones. Also, make-up, lotion, etc can interfere with how well some monitoring and grounding devices adhere to your skin.
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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    Cat, don't worry!

    I've been on the operating table several times and I always wore socks.

    It's freezing in operating rooms!
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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    When I had my surgery, I had artifical nails on and they said nothing about it. I guess as long as they can see your toe nails you'll be okay... As far as make-up I don't think that matters..
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    Sissy6
  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    You can't wear makeup because it will give you artificial color and they want to see if you're ashey or have a pallor. Can indicate shock. And nails need to be clear so they can see if they're bluish (can indicate heart or circulation prob) No deodorant either, aluminum salicilate in it can mess up any radiology. And don't take any aspirin or tylenol for last 48 hrs before surgery.
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  • RE: Does anyone know why you can't wear make-up , nail polish, for surgery?
    Don't worry Catmint - when I had my surgery they gave me socks to wear. I even got to take them home! LOL~
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