Nipple Numbness after Benilli Lift

I had benilli lift with 370 cc's 3 1/2 months ago. It was a great job, even according ob/gyn. Really hard recovery. I am still having incision pain and inside the tissue below my areola and have nipple numbness. Nipples become erect with cold. The sides of my breast were numb but seem it is going away and replaced with some pain.(good sign?) My PS says I am still very swollen(normal?) and nerves could still be compressed and it will still take time to get feeling back. Do you agree? THANKS!

Doctor Answers (13)

Long recovery after BAM with Benelli lift


You should be a bit further along with recovery.  As long as the doctor says you are fine, well, then you should be.

You have a lot more swelling than I would predict.  Numbness may take many months to return.


Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple numbness


Hello 7099anon,

Transient numbness of the breast skin or nipples is very common after breast augmentation, and has little to do with incision placement, eg. periareolar or circumareolar incision versus inframammary or armpit incision.  Most commonly numbness is due to pulling, stretching, or compressing the sensory nerves near there origin from the ribs at the time of surgery when the implant pocket is made and the implant is positioned.  This is not due to surgical negligence but only an unfortunate side effect of surgery.

Numbness is usually transient, and typically returns between a few weeks to a few months.  Tingling, pins and needles, and other uncomfortable sensations that occur in the numb areas indicate nerve regrowth and healing.  Longer periods of numbness, up to a year or more, may occur before regaining sensation.  However, the longer the period of numbness, the less likely sensation will be normal.  Permanent numbness can occur, but the risk is low, approximately 3%.

What you are experiencing sounds like you are healing, and I suspect you will have return of your nipple sensability.

I wish you the best of luck in your recovery!

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Nipple Numbness after Benilli Lift


Three and a half months seems long for the swelling to still be there. Best to obtain a second opinion. From MIAMI DR. Darryl J. Blinski

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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The Benelli lift is a variation of an around the nipple breast lift used for mild breast droop, and the nipple position is often controlled by a blocking suture. Nipple sensory changes are not common as the sensation to the nipple areola come from a deeper tissue layer than the lift. Your breast implants on the other hand do cause considerable stretch to the tissues and nerves of the breast and nipple and sensory changes, especially with a very full implant are more common. These changes are most often temporary, and the tenderness is a good sign of recovery.

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Peter E. Johnson, MD
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Nipple numbness


You have given a very explanation of how you are doing and every things seems appropriate and normal at this time.  Your surgeon has given you correct information and you are wise to keep close contact.  Most of the issues will take time to resolve and get better.  Nipple sensation loss can occur after any implant operation but it should continue to get better for at least a year.

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Marcus L. Peterson, MD
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Nipple numbness after Benelli lift?

Hello! Thank you for your question! I do agree with what your plastic surgeon stated.  Breast procedures such as the breast lift and breast reduction certainly result in a more shapely, perky, and fuller appearance of your breasts along with raising of the nipple-areolar complex to an appropriate position. Since there is an incision made around the areola along with some rearrangement of tissue of the breast, there is a risk, albeit very small, of change in sensation to the area. The reported rate of sensation changes (decreased, loss, or increased) is ~7%. In my experience, this rate is reportedly much lower, but is higher when tissue is excised or the amount of lift that is needed, so the breast reduction procedure has a slightly greater risk. It can take up to a year for sensation to return.  It may take up to a year to regain sensation.  After that time, chances are slim that it will improve. 
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Breast Lifting Results?


Thank you for the question.

Plastic surgeon is in a much better position to advise you ( as opposed to online consultants who do not have the benefit of knowing your situation and/or examining you). I would suggest continued follow-up with him/her. If still concerned  a 2nd opinion with in-person consultation may be helpful for reassurance and/or guidance.

Best wishes.

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Nipple numbness


The symptoms you express are very normal for the post surgical duration, of this type of surgery.  The fact that there is improvement at this early healing tim is very encouraging.  Continue foll0ow up office visits with your plastic surgeon.  Enjoy and good luck!

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You had a lift with implants. Were they placed above or below the muscle? This could also determine the prognosis for long term sensation.

Three months is still early with regards to sensory return. Apparently you are seeing improvements. I would allow for approximately 1 year to have a better idea what you will have more long term.

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Numbness after breast surgery


Your story is not uncommon. You will need to be patient in order to get a final answer. Nerve regrowth and recovery can take up to two years after any procedure. Your plastic surgeon is right.

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