I had breast augmentation over 3 months ago and my right nipple as well as the lower part of my breast are still numb. It is normal? My left breast has all sensation. What is going on? Even when I shower and wash over my right breast it hurts, how? if its numb?
Numbness on my Right Breast After 3 Months?
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Pablo Prichard, MD
Numbness 3 months after Augmentation
Although the risk of permanent sensation loss is very low, it is possible to see temporary sensation changes that take 6-12 months to return. I typically warn patients that the larger the implant that is placed, the higher the risk of sensation changes. This is because the sensory nerve to the nipple and areola will be stretched by the implant. The good news is that most cases stretch injury to the nerve results are temporary.
I wish you a safe and healthy recovery.
Numbness 3 Months after Breast Augmentation
Numbness 3 months after breast augmentation does tend to improve over the course of a year and perhaps even 2 years. For most patients, this is temporary, but there exists a small percentage of patients who may have permanent numbness. Kenneth Hughes, MD breast implants Los Angeles, CA
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Partial sensation loss is seen occasionally after breast surgery. This is due to sensory nerve injury that normally occurs during surgery. It takes time for nerve injury to heal. You can expect nerves to improve for up toma year after surgery. The discomfort you feel in the shower is also from the nerve which has become hypersensitive. That is good news, meaning the sensation is more likely to return early.