How Long Does It Take Before the Sexual Sensation Comes Back After a Breast Reduction?

How Long Does It Take Before the Sexual Sensation Comes Back After a Breast Reduction?

Doctor Answers 4

Right after surgery, losing sensation is normal


Losing sensation after surgery is normal. Usually the feeling will return to the area normally once the nerve endings have regenerated. Each patient is different and it is important to give your body adequate time to heal.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Although most of my patients do not lose erogenous sensation of the breast following breast reduction, it can take up to a year or more if you no longer have it.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Sensation Return after Breast Reduction?

Permanent loss of sensation may occur after any type of breast surgery. This from a muscle sensation may range from 5 to 20% probability depending on what type of breast surgery is performed. Sometimes, the loss of sensation is temporary and sensation does return. This return of sensation may take several months to several years to occur.

Generally speaking, when patients are happier with their breast size/shape/symmetry,  they find that their self-confidence (in this regard)  increases,  potentially improving their interpersonal/sexual relations.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Sexual sensations after breast reduction

Sexual sensation in the breast is an important trigger to some, though for others sexual sensation in the breast is over rated. Very many in our experience report little pleasure in the heavy sagging breast before reduction, and much more 'interest' as the breast is reduced and has a prettier shape. You may feel the best sensation when the breast looks the best after three to six months of healing.

Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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