I Have Completely Lost Feeling in my Breasts

I had surgery 2 and a half years ago and I had extremley small breasts beforehand. Although my breasts aren't exactly large, compared to what they were, the skin has been stretched a lot. I have no good sensation in my breasts when they are touched and I was wondering if this is because I can only really feel the implant now because I have hardly any breast tissue. My breasts were so sensitive before surgery. If I were to downsize my implants would this make any kind of difference?

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Breast Sensation changes after Augmentation

Larger implants can cause more pressure on surrounding nerves and potentially lead to decreases in sensation. However, after 2.5 years, I doubt any improvement would occur with size change, and would not recommend that to improve your symptoms. There is always a risk of permanent sensation changes with breast surgery, and unfortunately, that may be the case for you.

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Sensory Loss after Augmentation

Loss of sensation in the nipple is something that occurs occasionally (<5%) with breast augmentations.  After 2+ years it is very unlikely that you have any significant change in your sensation.  This would not improve with a change in the size of your implants.

John Whitt, MD (retired)
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
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Loss of nerve sensation after breast augmentation

There is no way to predict whether the loss or diminished sensation is permanent or temporary. YOur best option is to try this by downsizing and re-sassessing after 3-6 months.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Breast surgery

unfortunately, if the breast augmentation injured the anteriolateral branch of the 4 th intercostal nerve then you will never regain normal sensation.  This occurs very infrequently.  Sensation has returned many years following breast augmentation so I would just wait for now

Christopher K. Livingston, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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