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Will I Lose Sensitivity in My Nipples when I Have a Breast Lift?

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Nipple sensation after breast lift (mastopexy)


The nerves to the nipples travel through the breast tissue, not through the skin.  A proper breast lift should include some sort of remodelling of the breast tissue.  Therefore there is some risk of a change in nipple sensation with this operation, about 10%.  (None of this is due to the incisions in the skin, however.)  Just keep in mind that all surgery involves some risk.

Abington Plastic Surgeon
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Sensory changes with breast lift.


Breast lift often involves breast tissue incision, small volume excision or breast transposition to remodel the breast.  These procedures may reduce nipple sensation.

Brampton Plastic Surgeon
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Loss of Nipple Sensitivity is a Variable Risk with Breast Lift


Hi there-

The risk of nipple sensation exists with any operation on the breast, and will be greater as the complexity of the operation increases, but when well-executed by an experienced surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the risks should be acceptably low.

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Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Permanent Loss of Sensation in Nipples is Unusual Following Breast Lift


         Permanent loss of sensation is unusual following breast lift surgery. In the vast majority of patients who have decreased sensation following breast lift, sensation returns without treatment.


         Under these circumstances, decreased sensation is related to swelling and stretching of the nerves during surgery. It’s not unusual for patients to have pins and needle sensations known as dysesthesia following surgery. This resolves with time as well.


         Rarely permanent loss of sensation occurs following breast lift surgery. Although the exact incidence is unknown, most surgeons would estimate the incidence at about one to five percent.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Loss of Nipple Sensation after Breast Lifting?


Thank you for the question.

Yes there is a risk of loss or change of nipple/ areola sensation with breast lifting surgery. Exact percentages are hard to come by but my estimation would be 5 to 10% risk of a decreased or complete loss of sensation with this operation.

Patients must weigh this risk (along with many others)  against the benefits of the procedure when contemplating breast lifting surgery.

I hope this helps.

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Loss of nipple sensation with breast lift ( mastopexy)


The poteintial for loss of nipple sensation will depend on the extent of the surgery and the use of implants. More extensive lifts will have a higher risk whereas smaller lifts would be highly unlikely to cause diminished senstivity.

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Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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You are unlikely to lose nipple sensitivity after a breast lift.


Since a breast lift addresses a discrepancy between your skin volume and your breast tissue, it is unlikely that you will lose sensation.  However, any surgery on or near the breast could theoretically lead to some loss of sensation.  Usually this is temporary, but a rare case can be permanent.

Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple Sensitivity and Breast Lifts


In my experience, loss of nipple sensitivity after a lift is common for a short period of time (meaning the first two to four months after surgery) but rarely permanent. In my experience, the chance of permanent loss of nipple sensitivity is less than 5 percent. However, there also seems to be no reliable way to predict who loses sensitivity versus who doesn't. Your best bet is to ask a trusted plastic surgeon about his or her own experience with this issue.

Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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Sensation of the nipples after mastopexy breast lift


Nipple sensation should be gauged before surgery. Most patients will retain nipple sensation, some will have higher rates of sensation, and a small percentage may have diminished sensation.  It all depends on the surgery that was performed. 

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple sensation after a breast lift


It is difficult to say what your final sensory exam will be like after a breast lift.  Most patients retain normal sensation but there is a small percentage that will not.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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