Breast augmentation changes the appearance of the breasts, but for many women it will also change breast sensitivity, at least temporarily. The good news is, sensation changes to the nipples are generally short lived and lasting changes to nipple sensitivity are very rare. Here’s what you need to know.
Why Does Breast Augmentation Cause Changes to Nipple Sensitivity?
Changes to nipple sensation are very common after breast augmentation. The implant stretches the breast tissues, including the nerves, which can cause changes in sensitivity. These changes typically resolve in a few months as the body adjusts to the implant. Larger implants may be more likely to cause sensitivity changes.
How Common Are Sensitivity Changes After Breast Augmentation?
For women who experience changes to breast sensitivity right after breast augmentation may become more sensitive or less sensitive. These changes typically resolve and breast sensation returns to normal. If there is numbness, it can take 1-2 years for sensation to fully return. Permanent changes to sensation are not common. In our practice we’ve found that permanent numbness occurs in less than five percent of breast augmentation patients.
There’s a lot of conflicting information about the causes of nipple sensitivity changes after breast augmentation. Dr. Coan is an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. During your consultation we can discuss the likelihood of nipple sensitivity changes in your case. Talk with us about your concerns so we can provide you with personalized advice and information.
Dealing with Sensitivity Changes- What Can I Do?
Although sensitivity changes generally only last a few weeks to months, patients may take comfort in knowing that most of the time this will resolve. Most common is nipple sensitivity which can present as shooting pains, tingling, or sensitivity to touch. If there is initial numbness, As sensation returns it is not unusual to have similar sensations and this is an important sign of sensitivity returning. Once a patient understands this they can be less anxious about return of sensation. And don’t forget, while this is happening, you continue to enjoy all the other benefits of your augmentation, including your great new look and your new clothes!
Contact us today to schedule your breast augmentation consultation or to address any concerns you may have about the procedure or the process. Call today!