I am scheduled for a consultation in a few weeks for a breast reduction. I have been doing my research and the only concern I have is loss of sensation. Is this something that is inevitable? Do I really have to give this up in order to have smaller breasts? I will go ahead because I know the pro's out weigh the cons but it all actuality it makes me sad to think about.
Will I Definitely Lose Feeling in my Nipples After a Reduction?
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Nipple sensation after breast reduction
Small Percentage Of Nipple Sensation Loss After Reduction
It certainly is not inevitable that you will lose your nipple sensation with a breast reduction, unless you have a free nipple-areolar graft in which case there is always loss of sensation. With other techniques you chance of loss of nipple sensation should be relatively low (<4-5%). Consult a BC plastic surgeon with whom you can discuss benefits/risks.
Loss of Sensation...
Most patients who have a standard breast reduction maintain sensation as long as a free nipple graft is not performed. Loss of sensation is always a risk, but as you note, the benefits usually outweigh those risks. Good Luck!
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Loss of sensation
To-Date I have not seen a patient who experienced complete loss of nipple sensation. In some instances, one or both nipples may had added sensation or may experience temporary loss but typicall during the first 3-6 mos post-op most patients will have resumed normal nipple sensation
Breast Reduction and Loss of Sensation?
Thank you for the question.
Congratulations on your decision to proceed with breast reduction surgery; it is one of the most patient pleasing operations would perform.
The majority of patients who undergo breast reduction surgery will have normal sensation after the procedure. Only the rare patient that requires “free nipple grafting” will always have loss of sensation.
Again, most patients who present with neck/back/shoulder discomfort symptoms associated with breast hypertrophy are very pleased with the results of breast reduction surgery.
Please make sure you consult with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
Nipple Sensation Always a Concern
- Concern over nipple sensation loss is a very big part of the decision making process with breast surgery and especially with breast reduction. Techniques to preserve the nipple blood supply and nerve supply have become an important part of this procedure but still some patients experience loss of sensation or loss of the nipple. The incidence is rare but 100% when it happens to you. I understand how important nipple sensation is to a woman, or man. I understand the problems having large breasts present as well. The person considering the breast reduction must weigh possible problems, even with a small percentage of occurrence, with the benefits one desires. As always it is the person doing the operation not the operation that increases the chances of a good result. The breast reduction operation is very common and it should not be hard to find others to talk to about their operation and their experience.
Nipple Sensation and Breast Reduction
Nipple sensation after breast reduction
Will I definitely lose feeling in my nipples after a breast reduction?
It is one risk of such a procedure, and one that you must consider, amongst others, as with any surgical procedure. You should consult with a plastic surgeon well-trained in breast procedures who will examine and discuss with you the various risks and benefits of the procedure(s) and assist you in deciding if such a procedure will be the right decision for you.
Nipple sensation loss
As you mentioned in you question, benefits are more than the risks. In general after a breast reduction the chances of sensation loss immediately after surgery is around 20%, most of this patients will recover the sensation over the coming months, the rate for permanent loss of sensation is less than 5%. So most likely you will be ok after surgery.
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