Just Had a Ba Above Muscle and my Skin Feels Numb and Nipples Are Tingly. is This Normal?

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Numb nipple

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Thank you for your post. In general, most women who have a disturbance in nipple sensation, whether it be less (hypo-sensation), or in some cases too much (hyper-sensation), the sensation goes back to normal with 3-6 months. Occasionally, it can take 1 - 2 years to be normal. Extremely rare, the sensation never goes back to normal. This is extremely rare in augmentation alone, more common in lift or reduction but less with a smaller lift like a crescent lift. Signs that sensation is coming back are needle type sensation at the nipple, itchiness at the nipple, or 'zingers' to the nipple. The number of women that lose sensation is much lower than 10%, closer to 1% in a simple augmentation. In some cases the same occurs with contraction where some women have no contraction and some women have a constant contraction of the nipples. Unfortunately there is no surgical correction for this. Massaging the area can help sensation normalize faster if it is going to normalize, but will not help if the nerve does not recover. In women with hyper-sensitive nipples, this will go away with time in most cases. Usually 3 months or so. In the interim, I have them wear nipple covers or 'pasties' to protect them from rubbing. It is unlikely that down-sizing the implant will cause regaining sensation. Down-sizing the implant may cause saggy breasts, however, and may necessitate a breast lift. Physical therapy with de-sensitivity techniques can help with this issue. The Peri-areolar incision is associated with increased risk of nipple numbness due to the fact that the nerve is in close proximity.
Best Wishes,
Pablo Prichard, MD

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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Numb and Tingly after Breast Augmentation

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   Cutaneous numbness or hypersensitivity is common after breast augmentation, subglandular or submuscular, and tends to improve over time (several months).

Nipple and Skin Sensitivity after Breast Implants

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Hi Trish,

Whether implants are over or under muscle, it is very common to have areas of skin numbness and nipple tingling (hypersensitivity). Uncomfortable nipple sensitivity usually improves over 4-6 weeks. Gentle massage may be helpful.

Skin numbness generally improves also but will take longer, particularly in the area of the incision.

Thanks for your question and best of luck!


Stephen M. Lazarus, MD
Knoxville Plastic Surgeon

It is Normal to Have Changes in Nipple Sensation Following Breast Augmentation

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It is normal to have changes in skin and nipple sensation following breast augmentation

In the vast majority of women the change in sensation is temporary, but it can take several months before the sensation returns to the pre-operative baseline level.

David P. Stapenhorst, MD
Sugar Land Plastic Surgeon

Numbness after breast augmentation

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It is fairly common to have some numbness after surgery.  Once the swelling goes down the sensation should improve.  Give it time to improve.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Totally Normal Sensations

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It's totally normal to have changes in sensation of the nipples and areolas  as well as the breast skin immediately after BA surgery.  You can have heightened sensation, diminished sensation, tingling sensations, etc but everything should return to normal within a matter of weeks!!!

Eric Sadeh, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

Funny sensations after Breast Augmentation

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This is absolutely expected as part of the inflammatory  process.  Gentle Massage over the affected areas  will help tissues to heal. Usually 2-3 months for quite recovery.  Postoperative inflammation can remain for a long as a year.But it is almost gone withing the first six. You may use pure avocado oil, or Arnica cream.

Best / Dr. Ricardo Vega - Tijuana.

Ricardo Vega, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Numbness and tingling after breast augmentation

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It's very normal to experience numbness of the skin and tingling of the nipples. It may take several months for these "funny" sensations go subside. Gentle massages over the affected areas may help.

Best Wishes,

Stewart Wang, MD FACS, Wang Plastic Surgery

Stewart Wang, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Sensation changes in the breasts after implants

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Changes to the sensation in the breasts and nipples are a normal occurrence after placement of implants in the breasts. The nerves are "bruised" from surgery and it may take several months to heal. But, in most cases, the sensation returns to normal once the nerves recover.

Thanks for your question. Best wishes!

Gregory Park, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 178 reviews


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It is completly normal, soon after surgery. It takes 6-9 months for everything to fall into place and feel normal again.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

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