Congenial Nipple Numbness?
My nipples were numb even before my breast reduction. Can anything be done, even surgically, that will allow me to have some sensation?
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Congenital Nipple Numbness and Breast Reduction Surgery?
No, unfortunately there is nothing that can be done specifically to surgically improve the sensation of the nipple/areola complexes. Occasionally, patients will report that after breast reduction surgery they do have improved sensation; this may be related to the fact that the nerves supplying sensation to the nipple/areola complexes are taken off stretch ( as the nipple/areola complexes are moved up) during the breast reduction procedure. If this were to occur occur it would be a nice (additional) benefit of the breast reduction procedure; however, no plastic surgeon can promise this improvement.
I hope this helps.
There is nothing that can be done surgically to improve the sensation to the nipples during a breast reduction. In fact this is one of the risks with a breast reduction is loss of sensation to the nipple or other parts of the breasts.
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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