Does a Breast Lift or Implants Cause Loss of Sensation in the Nipples?
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Nipple sensation and Implants?
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. 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. 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. usually 3 months or so. In the interim, I have them wear nipple covers or 'pasties' to protect them from rubbing.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Does a breast lift or implants cause loss of sensation in the nipples?
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.
Breast Augmentation/Lifting and Loss of Sensation?
Any patient undergoing any type of breast surgery should be aware that loss of sensation is a possibility. The incidents will vary depending on exactly what procedures performed. Breast augmentation/lifting is associated with a risk of approximately 5 to 15% of permanent loss of sensation.
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Nipple sensory changes
It is difficult to predict why some women lose or have a change in sensation after a breast lift or implant placement. It happens to about 10-15%.
Breast lift and loss of nipple sensation
Loss of nipple sensation is relatively common with a breast lift but fortunately, it is rarely permanent. Most of the time the numbness resolves in several weeks.
What causes loss of sensation to the nipples after breast surgery?
Sensation to the nipple area goes through a nerve that comes into the breast from the lateral side, branching out from under a rib. With implant surgery, it is vulnerable to being strertched or injured when the implant pocket is being developed in the lateral direction. For that reason, bigger implants probably have a higher risk of damage to the nerve. With a lift, there is more rearrangement of the breast tissue so thenerve may be affected closer to the nipple. Most of the time sensation loss is temporary.
Loss of Sensation with Breast Implants or Breast Lift
There is always a risk of alternation in sensation to the nipples with any breast surgery. However, this risk is rare. In many instances, there is a temporary change in sensation as the breasts heal, but most people return to normal sensation. Good luck.
LLoss of sensation after breast surgery
Any type of breast surgery, lifts, implants etc can cause numbness of the nipples. Permanent numbness is relatively rare but it is a risk all patients must be willing to take on to have surgery.
Sensation Loss After Breast Surgery
Everyone has transient and temporary changes in their nipple sensation after an augmentation or a lift. Some women are hyper-sensitive, while others are numb. This should all be temporary, but can take anyhwhere from 1-6 months to resolve. There is a small chance of permanent nerve sensation changes ( 0.01%), but is very rare. I hope this helps.
Loss of sensation in the nipples after breast lift and/or augmentation with implants.
A breast lift and/or implants can certainly cause a loss of sensation to the nipples. Frequently this is temporary during the post-operative period and resolves in most cases by 2 years. However, it can be permanent.
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