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Just Had a Ba Above Muscle and my Skin Feels Numb and Nipples Are Tingly. is This Normal?

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Numb and Tingly after Breast Augmentation


   Cutaneous numbness or hypersensitivity is common after breast augmentation, subglandular or submuscular, and tends to improve over time (several months).

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple and Skin Sensitivity after Breast Implants


Hi Trish,

Whether implants are over or under muscle, it is very common to have areas of skin numbness and nipple tingling (hypersensitivity). Uncomfortable nipple sensitivity usually improves over 4-6 weeks. Gentle massage may be helpful.

Skin numbness generally improves also but will take longer, particularly in the area of the incision.

Thanks for your question and best of luck!


Stephen M. Lazarus, MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon
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It is Normal to Have Changes in Nipple Sensation Following Breast Augmentation


It is normal to have changes in skin and nipple sensation following breast augmentation

In the vast majority of women the change in sensation is temporary, but it can take several months before the sensation returns to the pre-operative baseline level.

David P. Stapenhorst, MD
Sugar Land Plastic Surgeon
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It is fairly common to have some numbness after surgery.  Once the swelling goes down the sensation should improve.  Give it time to improve.

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Totally Normal Sensations


It's totally normal to have changes in sensation of the nipples and areolas  as well as the breast skin immediately after BA surgery.  You can have heightened sensation, diminished sensation, tingling sensations, etc but everything should return to normal within a matter of weeks!!!

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Funny sensations after Breast Augmentation


This is absolutely expected as part of the inflammatory  process.  Gentle Massage over the affected areas  will help tissues to heal. Usually 2-3 months for quite recovery.  Postoperative inflammation can remain for a long as a year.But it is almost gone withing the first six. You may use pure avocado oil, or Arnica cream.

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Numbness and tingling after breast augmentation


It's very normal to experience numbness of the skin and tingling of the nipples. It may take several months for these "funny" sensations go subside. Gentle massages over the affected areas may help.

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Sensation changes in the breasts after implants


Changes to the sensation in the breasts and nipples are a normal occurrence after placement of implants in the breasts. The nerves are "bruised" from surgery and it may take several months to heal. But, in most cases, the sensation returns to normal once the nerves recover.

Thanks for your question. Best wishes!

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It is completly normal, soon after surgery. It takes 6-9 months for everything to fall into place and feel normal again.

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Skin and nipple sensation after breast augmentation


Skin numbness and tingling can be normal after breast augmentation and occur when nerves are stretched and compressed by the implant and swelling. This usually resolves over the first few weeks after surgery.

As the nerves wake up, you may experience hypersensitivity. This transient phase usually responds to frequent massage to help settle the nerves.

Best wishes,

Michael Vennemeyer, MD

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