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No Nipple Erection After a BA and Mastopexy? (photo)

Hello, I just had surgery one week ago and I had my areolos made smaller in the process. Everything for the most part seems to be fine however, I dont seem to be getting an erection in my left nipple and a burning sensation around both nipples. Sensation seems to be there, but the skin seems so tight that it wont erect on that one side. As I am healing, will I gain erection ability back in my nipple? Thanks for your assistance.

Doctor Answers (7)

Too early to assess results

You are still affected by swelling and should wait a few months before assessing your results.

Sensation changes are generally considered temporary and will go away in about a year. If the sensation doesn't return in two years, then it probably won't return to how it was before surgery.  

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast surgery and nipples


At one week after surgery, everything is healing and a bit swollen. Give it several months to heal before worrying about erectile function of your nipples.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple sensitivity and function after mastopexy


You will most likely regain normal nipple erectile function over the next several months. Having slightly heightened sensation for a month or two is also very normal. No need to worry. 

William T. Stoeckel, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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