Numbness After Breast Augmentation
- Asked by cindig in Cape Girardeau, MO
- 5 years ago
I've had my implants for 1 year and 8 months. I have 350cc's saline under the muscle, put through the areola. I still have a lot of numbness and both of my nipples have maybe 10% feeling. After this long do you think it's permanent? Also what do you think happened that caused me to experience so much numbness? I would say I have about 30% numbness on my entire breast.
Relative size of implant is important
The size of the implant relative to the size of your breast is the most important determinant of sensory changes, particularly numbness. If you place a large (width-wise) implant into a small breast, the nerves supplying the breast and nipple are more likely to be injured, traumatized, or stretched. The smaller the implant, the less dissection required relative to the base of the breast, and the lower the likelihood that nerves innervating the breast from the periphery of the breast will be disturbed.
Numbness after augmentation
Thanks for your question -
Nipple numbness after breast augmentation is a rare but reported complication. Unfortunately after about a year it is unlikely that you will have additional recovery.
Numbness can occur when the incision or dissection to place the implant injures the nerve. Numbness can also be caused by stretch or pressure placed on the nerve by the implant.
I hope this helps.
Unfortunately, your sensory loss following breast augmentation is most likely permanent.
Permanent sensory changes following breast augmentation is a real potential complication. The three year incidence for all levels of severity (mild to severe) is reported to be 10%. At 18 months following your breast augmentation, the sensory loss that you are experiencing is most likely permanent.
Thanks for your question.
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After a year, recovery is unlikely
If you have not had much recovery of sensation a year after surgery, it is unlikely that much more will occur, although it is possible. It really depends on where the sensory nerves to the nipple were affected by the surgery (nerves grow very slowly- 1mm per day).
Unfortunately, changes in sensation are a bit more common with the peri-areolar approach.
Numbness 20 months after breast augmentation is likely permanent.
Permanent numbness like you have experienced after breast augmentation occurs infrequently. The causes can be related to varying degrees of sensory nerve damage (stretching, overheating, or actual direct nerve disruption). The causes and the frequency of these sensory changes has also been discussed by my colleagues previously.
Patients who note decreased sensation in their breasts immediately after surgery, often experience very slow but encouraging return of sensation with time. It is likely that this recovery may take weeks to months.
When your recovery of sensation has halted (the breasts feel the same for months) and your surgery is over 18 months prior, it is not likely that any further significant improvement will occur.
Numbness after breast augmentation
There is still a chance for improvement, however the further out you are from your surgery the less likely it is that you will regain all or substantial amount of sensation back. I would continue to wait and massage the numb areas as some additional improvement may occur.
All the best,
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Loss of sensation after breast augmentation
Temporary sensory changes are relatively common, and usually resolve during the first 12-18 months after surgery. Permanent loss of sensation is a troubling complication after breast augmentation, and occurs in roughly 5% of patients. It is quite rare for the sensory nerves to be cut during a breast augmentation procedure. However, the placement of an implant can stretch out the nerves and cause temporary or permanent damage.
Unfortunately, this can occur and is due to the damage to the nerve
Unfortunately, this can occur and is due to the damage to the nerve which comes in from the side of your breast.
Temporary loss of sensation in the area blood is likely to recover but if you have lack of sensation so long and I think it's unlikely this will return.
Numbness After Breast Augmentation
Temporary loss of nipple sensation is quite common. Sensation usually returns to normal in 6-12 months. If you do not see any improvement after 2 years you may be one of the rare cases who has permanent sensory loss. Nerves that travel from the chest to give sensation to the breasts are very thin and often invisible. They can be injured during surgery.
** Generally, this is not the result of your doctors techniques.
Breast implant surgery can cause nipple numbness
After so long, it is likely that your nipple numbness (or decreased sensation) is permanent. Nipple numbness is a known potential issue following any breast surgery, including breast augmentation. This is not a surprise, just something that sometimes happens. The nerves become stretched from the implant placement and/or they are partially cut during dissection to place the implant. Some people have no numbness, while others have complete numbness or somewhere in between.
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