I Had Breast Reduction Surgery 8 Months Ago and Lost Nipple Sensation in One Breast. Permanent?

I Had Breast Reduction Surgery 8 Months Ago and Lost Nipple Sensation in One Breast. Permanent?

Doctor Answers 4

Nipple sensation

If you are 8 months out from breast surgery, it is unlikley that your nipple sensation will improve if you have no sensation in it.  If it was improving at this point there was a chance that it might get better over the next few months. About 10-15% have permanent numbness or change in sensation after 1 yr.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Loss of Sensation after Breast Reduction Permanent?

If your  nipple/areola is completely numb at this point (8 months after surgery),  then most likely the loss of sensation will be permanent (although you may be pleasantly surprised  with ongoing time). However, if you have any sensation present,  you may find that this will improve with ongoing time.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Nerve injuries can take a long to heal

Loss of sensation to one or both nipples after a breast reduction is a relatively common event.  Some studies put the incidence as high as 10-20%.  Frankly, it is still a bit early to know if your sensory changes are going to be permanent in that it can take 12-18 months for nerve injuries to heal completely.    

Kelly Gallego, MD, FACS
Yuba City Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple sensation after breast reduction

Decrease in nipple sensation is possible with a breast reduction. This is often temporary, though. It is difficult to say whether this will be permanent for you (although it could be considering it has been a year and a half since your surgery).

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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