Nipple Sensation after Breast Augmentation: A Short Guide
What You Need To Know About Nipple Sensation after Breast Augmentation Surgery
Breast augmentation surgery is one of the most popular elective surgeries in the world. In the space of a few hours, women have the choice to increase their breast size as much as they want. One of the reasons that the surgery is so popular is that it is relatively safe. Of course, just like every other surgery, medical complications are possible. One of the most common problems seen is sensory problems in and around the operated area.
Nerve Function after Breast Enlargement Surgery
Women get breast implants to look better but they don’t want to compromise breast sensation for it. During breast enlargement, surgeons have to make space in the breast for the implant. As a result, this may involve pushing or nudging important nerves to make space for the implant.
Due to this stretching, most women experience painful nipples or extra sensitive nipples after the surgery. This painful sensation occurs because the stretched nerve is trying to adjust to the implant. Within a space of two to three months, the nerves elongate and adjust around the implant, and sensation returns back to normal. Almost 50% of women will experience this temporary change in sensitivity and almost 94.8% of women will recovery normal sensitivity in their breasts within three to six months after surgery.
However, for a small percentage of women, breast sensitivity does not return back to normal. For these women, breast sensitivity increases or decreases. This can be quite worrying and it can signal nerve damage. If you are planning breast augmentation surgery, here are a few things your surgeon can do, to ensure that you do not experience this problem.
- Be Careful About Implant Size – The larger the implant, the more the sensory problems. According to a study in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, sensory loss increased when implant size increased more than 475 cc. Women who had used implants ranging from 315 cc to 475 cc, were less likely to experience any problems.
- Incision Location – Surgeons can choose from an inframammary or a periareolar approach for the surgery. Both approaches have their own advantages but the periareolar approach has a 15% higher chance of sensory deprivation. The inframammary incision has a 5% chance of sensory loss while the transaxillary approach demonstrates a 1% of sensory loss.
- Multiple Surgeries – Most women do multiple surgeries in the area in an effort to improve their appearance. According to a Institute of Medicine review of the research, almost 12%-35% women lost nipple sensation if they carried out multiple surgeries on their breasts.
- Implant Location – There is no definite information about how implant location will affect nipple sensitivity but it’s a good idea to check with your surgeon before you do any kind of implant surgery.
Always choose a board-certified surgeon to carry out your breast augmentation procedure. Educate yourself as much as possible and consult your surgeon regularly in case you experience problems.