When does feeling in breast return?
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Breast sensation after breast augmentation
Thank you for your question. It is not uncommon to lose some sensation to the breast after surgery. There are several factors that can influence the amount of numbness you have. The type of incision, the size of the implant and even to a degree, the technique used. Nerves regenerate and take several months to do so. You have up to 12 or sometimes 18 months for it to recover.
Loss of Sensibility
The area you describe is the most common area to be affected by loss or decrease in breast skin sensibility. Although we would like to see resolution earlier than 2 months, your condition could still resolve or at least improve over the next 6 to 12 months. Any sort of dysethesias like itchiness or pins and needles are a good sign of nerve regrowth. Best of luck!
When does feeling in breast return after breast augmentation?
It is normal to lose some sensation in the cleavage area and patchy loss underneath the breast following breast augmentation.
The fact that you have an itch that you can't itch is a sign of nerve healing and is a good thing.
Fortunately you have nipple sensation loss of which would be much more serious.
Nerves heal very slowly about half an inch per month and understand that this healing progresses from the armpit out.
It can easily take 6 months for return but the itching is a sign that your nerve is healing and not permanently damaged.
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Thank you for the great question! Very common after augmentations and almost always comes back. You may feel electrical shocks or other weird sensations and those should subside as well. Generally all comes back at 6 months.
Unilateral breast numbness
if you are having unilateral breast numbness, this may be a concern. However, you have not told us what you had done!
Temporary sensation loss after breast augmentation
If you had your breast implants inserted through the fold underneath your breasts, this is common. Given that you are feeling "itch", it seems that the nerves are starting to wake up already. I know this time is frustrating, but it is temporary and should pass within the next couple of months. If it keeps you from sleeping, I often suggest trying Benadryl at night or even prescribing some Gabapentin to help with the discomfort.
Decreased sensation after breast surgery
Thanks for your question. I am glad to hear you are healing well after your breast surgery. It is not uncommon for patients to report decreased sensation for several months after surgery. The superficial nerves of the breasts are temporarily stunned by the surgery. The sensation returns but it can take awhile. Be patient and stay in contact with your surgeon. It can even take up to a year for nerves to fully return.
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