I had a breast reduction a few days ago and I went back to the dr for a check up and he rubbed my L nipple and asked if I could feel and I said no. Then he rubbed the R nipple and I told him yes. Then he said my Left nipple feeling would come back. How can he know this for sure? If the feeling does come back, when does it usually happen?
Nipple Numbness After Breast Reduction
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Nipple numbness after breast reduction?
The usual signs of the nerves regenerating and neuropraxia resolving is itching, followed by a burning sensation and then occasional sharp, shock-like pains. These will be normal to experience, and actually a promising sign. Usually, normal sensation returns, but is is also possible to have decreased sensation or even increased sensation to the areas affected. Re-educating nerves postoperatively is often helpful and will allow proper instruction for the affected sensory nerves - methods include using different textures to the affected areas when showering, bathing, applying lotion, etc. If bothersome, there are some medications that may be helpful, including Neurontin for pain for hypersensitivity. You can try various textures such as washcloths, loofahs, cotton sheets, etc. Massaging the areas is also beneficial for the incision to make the finest scar possible. The last place to regain the sensation will be directly adjacent to the incision/scar as the nerves will make its way from the periphery to this location. If continual pain arises, evaluation is warranted. After ruling out other causes, one rare explanation may be that a neuroma has developed and may require surgical excision. This is very unlikely unless a large sensory nerve has been transected inadvertently during the procedure. Hope that this helps! Best wishes!
Pablo Prichard, MD
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Breast Reduction and Nipple Numbness?
Thank you for the question.
Although numbness of the nipple/areola is a known complication of most types of breast surgery, often the numbness is temporary. It may take several months or up to one year before sensation returns.
It is quite common for patients to have some numbness after bresat surgery. This is usually due to swelling. In most cases it will return.
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No one can answer this definitively but odds are that it will come back because it is statistically likely.
Nipple sensation after breast reduction
During a breast reduction the nerves innervating the skin of the breast as well as the nipple can be disturbed or damaged, causing "numbness" to those areas. You may also experience sensations of hot and cold or tingling which are all normal. Nerves regenerate slowly so patience is the key. There is a small chance that the lack of sensation to your nipple is permanent. Give it a couple of months and you will have a more accurate idea if this will get better. I hope this helps.
Neil J. Zemmel, MD
Nipple numbness with breast surgery
It is possible that the nerve to the nipple can be permanently damaged during breast reduction surgery. However, this is not usually the case. More frequently, any sensory changes are temporary. This is true for numbness or hypersensitivity. Nerve repair is very slow, but you should detect gradual return of sensation beginning in just a few months, though complete repair may take a year or longer. There is nothing you can do to speed the process.
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