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Will I Lose Sensation in my Breast with a Breast Lift?

I am considering a breast lift without implants. Will I lose sensation in the breast? Is there a procedure that does not cause loss of sensation?

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Sensation after a breast lift


Most of my patients retain normal sensation after a breast lift but loss of sensation is definitely a risk that must be considered when having any breast surgery.  

Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift


Any surgery entails certain risks. Breast lift surgery can alter sensation to the breast and/or nipple but it is usually temporary should it occur. Although possible, it would be very unlikely for there to be a permanent change in sensation. You should consult a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery to discuss your treatment options for a breast lift and to review the benefits as well as the risks of the surgery with you.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Sensation After Breast Lift


It is common to experience numbness near the incisions with any surgery, but typically sensation returns within one year. Everyone's healing experience is different. Many patients experience no loss of sensation in the nipples or even a heightened sensitivity. It is impossible to predict the outcome of any procedure, but I typically tell my patients to weigh the risks and benefits and make an informed decision. Good luck!

Leesburg Plastic Surgeon
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The nerve input to the nipple come from 4 different areas. Although it is possible to lose sensation after a breast lift it is very unlikely

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Will I lose Sensation After Breast Surgery?


There is always a chance that you can lose nipple sensation when you have breast surgery.   Keeping in mind that everyone is different and will heal at different rates, patients can experience complete or partial numbness or heightened sensation after surgery, but both usually return to normal over time.  It's rare to have permanent loss of sensation but there is no way to guarantee it.

Irvine Plastic Surgeon
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Breast sensation after breast lift


Thank you for your question. With any breast surgery, there is always a risk of change in nipple sensation. Often times, these changes in sensation are transient, but unfortunately, sometimes they can be permanent. My breast lift technique aims to preserve nipple sensation and viability. I believe that a major part of breast lift should be geared towards  a functional breast. The majority of my patients retain their nipple sensation after breast lift and breast reduction.

When choosing your surgeon, please make sure you choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has performed many breast lifts.

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Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift and sensory issues


Some patients can lose sensation in the nipple areola after a lift or reduction. The statistics I have read report approximately 85% have normal sensation at 1 year.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Loss of sensation possible with breast surgery


Thank you for your question.  Any time one has breast surgery there is a possibility of loss of nipple sensation.  Also, you may have diminished sensation in the skin of the breast; this will recover.  Diminished nipple sensation will usually improve over time; complete loss of nipple sensation may not improve.  Fortunately, this is rare.  Hope this helps.

Tracy M. Pfeifer, MD, MS

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift and sensation


With a mastopexy there are no guarantees that you will maintain sensation in the nipple areola.  There may be up to o15% chance.  Fortunately, many times sensation returns, but again, no guarantees.



Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Sendation After Breast Lift Surgery


You will usually not lose any nipple sensation at all. The breast skin around the nipples will have some temporary numbness but normal feeling will return in 6 months or less. Loss of sensation is not usually a concern in most types of breast lifts.

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Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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