I am scheduled for a consultation in a few weeks for a breast reduction. I have been doing my research and the only concern I have is loss of sensation. Is this something that is inevitable? Do I really have to give this up in order to have smaller breasts? I will go ahead because I know the pro's out weigh the cons but it all actuality it makes me sad to think about.
Will I Definitely Lose Feeling in my Nipples After a Reduction?
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Nipple sensation after breast reduction
Small Percentage Of Nipple Sensation Loss After Reduction
It certainly is not inevitable that you will lose your nipple sensation with a breast reduction, unless you have a free nipple-areolar graft in which case there is always loss of sensation. With other techniques you chance of loss of nipple sensation should be relatively low (<4-5%). Consult a BC plastic surgeon with whom you can discuss benefits/risks.
Loss of Sensation...
Most patients who have a standard breast reduction maintain sensation as long as a free nipple graft is not performed. Loss of sensation is always a risk, but as you note, the benefits usually outweigh those risks. Good Luck!
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Loss of sensation
To-Date I have not seen a patient who experienced complete loss of nipple sensation. In some instances, one or both nipples may had added sensation or may experience temporary loss but typicall during the first 3-6 mos post-op most patients will have resumed normal nipple sensation
Breast Reduction and Loss of Sensation?
Thank you for the question.
Congratulations on your decision to proceed with breast reduction surgery; it is one of the most patient pleasing operations would perform.
The majority of patients who undergo breast reduction surgery will have normal sensation after the procedure. Only the rare patient that requires “free nipple grafting” will always have loss of sensation.
Again, most patients who present with neck/back/shoulder discomfort symptoms associated with breast hypertrophy are very pleased with the results of breast reduction surgery.
Please make sure you consult with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
Nipple sensation after breast reduction
Will I definitely lose feeling in my nipples after a breast reduction?
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.
Nipple sensation loss
As you mentioned in you question, benefits are more than the risks. In general after a breast reduction the chances of sensation loss immediately after surgery is around 20%, most of this patients will recover the sensation over the coming months, the rate for permanent loss of sensation is less than 5%. So most likely you will be ok after surgery.
Nipple sensation following breast reduction surgery
The nerves that provide sensation to the breast come up from between the ribs all around the breast. Since a breast reduction involves the removal of breast tissue as well as reshaping it is certainly possible for there to be a change in nipple sensation. The procedure is designed to allow for sensation but it is certainly something that can not be guaranteed and must come into the discussion of risks vs. benefits. A thorough discussion with your plastic surgeon will help you make a decision that is correct for you.
Breast reduction and sensation
It is unlcear why some lose sensation while others do not. It could be from stretching or the sensory nerves or by actually cutting them. It is not common to see them during surgery. Be that as it may, most people have some sensory changes after surgery that improves in the first 6-8 weeks. About 85% have normal sensation after one year.
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