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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.

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Too early to assess results

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

Since almost every breast lift requires your surgeon to make incisions around the nipple, losing sensation in this area is a possible risk. If this complication does occur, patients may need to wait for the nerves to grow back. If sensation has not returned after two years, it's likely that the nipples may never regain their normal sense of touch.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Breast surgery and nipples

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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

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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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