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Question from S Farber: Regarding safe cosmetics, I have acrylic nails. I will be having a level 1 and 2 lymph node resection. Should I remove my acrylic nails before surgery?
Answers - Anna-Dee Rinehart Yes, I would say absolutely to remove the acrylic nails, as they can harbor infection. It's not a good idea to have them, because it might be hiding a fungus. It's not a good idea to have anything like that on your hands or your body.
Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. And they'll need to stay off. Post-operatively, you can't put them back on. Just let your nails grow out naturally and don't use artificial nails in the future due to increased risk of infection. You want to reduce the possibility of infection in your arm because it can trigger lymphedema.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in April 2005.

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