Nipple sensation or sensitivity plays an important role in your life. If you’re a mother, nipple sensation helps you when breastfeeding your child; nipple sensitivity can also help spice things up in the bedroom. That’s why clients who are undergoing any form of breast surgery often feel concerned about how their nipples will be impacted by the surgery.
Can nipple surgery affect feeling or sensitivity?
The Short Answers: It Depends
Sure, it’s a frustrating answer. But there are a variety of factors that can influence how your nipples are impacted by surgery. Take a look at the following factors that may impact nipple sensation:
• Size of implants: If you’re undergoing breast augmentation, the size of the breast implant can play a large role in post-surgery sensation loss. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the implants, the more likely it is that the nipples will be stretched or injured by the increased pressure.
• Extent of dissection: If your surgeon dissects too deeply, it could cause damage to the nerves around the nipples and areola. Surprisingly, the location of the dissection tends to play a smaller role in loss of nipple sensation.
• Your plastic surgeon: Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon is one of the most important decisions you can make when undergoing any kind of breast or chest surgery. An experienced and discerning plastic surgeon can identify the best places to make the decision, as well as increases the odds that the nipples will still have sensation after surgery.
Loss of nipple sensation and sensitivity can be a common part of any breast procedure; however, paying attention to the above factors can increase the likelihood that your nipples will maintain their sensation.
If you’re concerned about nipple sensation after surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kyle Song or Dr. David Dorfman at South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine, California. Together, you and the board certified plastic surgeons can identify the best approach to preserving nipple sensation after your breast procedure.
South Coast Plastic Surgery serves the greater Orange County area, call 949-701-4454 to scheudle your consultation today!.