Will My Nipple Sensation Change After Breast Augmentation?Posted on January 7, 2023
A common concern patients have with undergoing breast augmentation is whether they will lose feeling or sensation in the nipples. This is a possible side effect of this procedure. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss risks and complications that may occur following your breast augmentation. plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
Factors That Can Contribute to Loss of Nipple Sensation
Patients often have changes to the intensity of feeling in their nipples following breast implant surgery. The following factors may contribute to numbness in the nipples.
Large Implants: Patients who opt for larger breast implants are more likely to experience loss of sensation in their nipples as the breast tissue is stretched out significantly to make room for the larger implant.
Smaller Physique: Patients with smaller frames may also have a significant amount of breast tissue that needs to be stretched to allow room for breast implants. This can lead to loss of sensation in the nipples.
Position and Placement: Breast implants that are placed into the chest through areolar incisions are more likely to affect nipple sensation. Implants that are placed above the muscle versus below the muscle are also more likely to have this effect.
Health: It is important to cease smoking and drinking before surgery and during your recovery to avoid complications, such as loss of feeling in the nipples.
Loss of sensation in the nipples following breast augmentation is less common for patients who have breastfed in the past, as the skin and breast tissue has most likely already been stretched.
Will Feeling Come Back?
You may slowly begin to regain sensation in the nipple as your recovery progresses. This may take weeks or months, sometimes over a year. It is a rare complication that the nipple sensation is permanently lost following breast augmentation. Some patients even report heightened sensations in the nipples following surgery. Always see a plastic surgeon to help ensure you receive the best results and reduce your risk of complications. plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides breast augmentation to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding locations.
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