After Breast Surgery, Will my Breasts Lose Their Erotic Sensitivities?

After Breast Surgery, Will my Breasts Lose Their Erotic Sensitivities?

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After breast surgery, will my breasts lose their erotic sensitivities?

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Hello! Thank you for your question! Your symptoms sound like your nerves regenerating. Breast procedures such as the breast augmentation and breast lift/reduction certainly result in a more shapely, perky, and fuller appearance of your breasts. With any breast procedure there is a risk, albeit very small, of change in sensation to the area. The reported rate of sensation changes (decreased, loss, or increased) is ~7% for lift/reductions and much smaller for breast augmentation. In my experience, this rate is reportedly much lower, but is higher when tissue is excised or the amount of lift that is needed, so the breast reduction procedure has a slightly greater risk. It can take up to a year for full sensation to return. Re-educating your nerves to these areas by using different textures when showering and putting on lotion often helps.

It is one risk of such a procedure, and one that you must consider, amongst others, as with any surgical procedure. You should consult with a plastic surgeon well-trained in breast procedures who will examine and discuss with you the various risks and benefits of the procedure(s) and assist you in deciding if such a procedure will be the right decision for you.


Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Erotic sensitivities at risk?

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Dear Jannie,
Thank you for your post. In general, most women who have a disturbance in nipple sensation, whether it be less (hypo-sensation), or in some cases too much (hyper-sensation), the sensation goes back to normal with 3-6 months. Occasionally, it can take 1 - 2 years to be normal. Extremely rare, the sensation never goes back to normal. This is extremely rare in augmentation alone, more common in lift or reduction but less with a smaller lift like a crescent lift. Signs that sensation is coming back are needle type sensation at the nipple, itchiness at the nipple, or 'zingers' to the nipple. The number of women that lose sensation is much lower than 10%, closer to 1% in a simple augmentation. In some cases the same occurs with contraction where some women have no contraction and some women have a constant contraction of the nipples. Unfortunately there is no surgical correction for this. Massaging the area can help sensation normalize faster if it is going to normalize, but will not help if the nerve does not recover. In women with hyper-sensitive nipples, this will go away with time in most cases. Usually 3 months or so. In the interim, I have them wear nipple covers or 'pasties' to protect them from rubbing. It is unlikely that down-sizing the implant will cause regaining sensation. Down-sizing the implant may cause saggy breasts, however, and may necessitate a breast lift. Physical therapy with de-sensitivity techniques can help with hyper-sensitivity. 
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Changes in Sensitivity Following Breast Augmentation

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Changes in sensation are normally temporary and resolve in the weeks or months following surgery. It is very rare that permanent changes occur. 

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Losing full sensation is very rare. However there is a small possibility of losing sensation. Usually you will experience hypersensitivity for about 3 months after surgery and then the sensation will be back to normal. Your nipple and or breast skin might partially lose sensation. It may take up to two years for full sensation to return.

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Yes, nipple numbness is a know risk of breast surgery

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Usually not, but yes, nipple numbness is a know risk of breast surgery. Changes in nipple sensation happen about 10% of the time. This usally gets better over 3-6 months but sometimes it can be permanent.

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Nipple sensation after breast augmentation.

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Nipple sensation can change following any breast operation. Some numbness can occur following augmentation, although in most patients this returns to normal. Regardless, nipple sensitivity changes are a known complication with any breast operation and should be discussed with your surgeon before surgery.

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Breast Augmentation - After Breast Surgery, Will my Breasts Lose Their Erotic Sensitivities?

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Usually not.  In fact, if anything, my patients generally reported enhancement of all aspects - both physical and emotional/psychological.  Whether for the women themselves, their partners, or all involved, this procedure typically augments everything....That being said, the risk of diminished or alteration sensation, and all its consequences, is real and has to be taken seriously when considering this surgery.  More extensive discussions are available on many forums.  In general, though, this procedure tends to benefits patients from many different standpoints.

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

Alan M. Engler, MD, FACS
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Sensitivity of nipples

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Most patients have normal sensation return after breast augmentation. usually patients have some numbness from swelling and then it improves. however, there is a small percentage of patients that do not have normal sensation return. 

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Loss of Breast Sensation after Surgery

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It is possible to have changes in nipple sensation after breast surgery. It is common after breast reduction (but typically improves in a few weeks) and less common after breast augmentation (but typically also improves). For most women, if the sensation changes, it returns to normal but in rare cases, changes may be permanent. 

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
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Loss of Sensation after Breast Surgery?

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Thank you for the question.

There is a low percentage rate of patients who lose sensation after breast augmentation surgery.  Some patients report numbness for a few  months and then their sensation returns. Sometimes loss of sensation is permanent Results may vary from patient to patient depending on the severity and complexity of your case ( the larger the implant and/or the more involved the procedure the greater the risk).

There is also a risk of hyper-sensitivity (ssually temporary).

I hope this helps.

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