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Will I Lose Nipple Sensation After Breast Augmentation?

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Once you make the decision to undergo breast augmentation surgery, you’ll likely be full of excitement, anticipation, and other emotions. For many women, the months leading up to breast augmentation surgery bring about a number of questions, including how their new breasts may look and feel, and what side effects could be possible. In particular, a popular question about breast augmentation surgery is how the patient’s nipple sensitivity may be affected. Here, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe and the knowledgeable team at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX, offer helpful information on what to expect after breast augmentation, including how the feeling in your breasts and nipples may change and how long those changes may last.

How is a breast augmentation performed?

There are several different approaches and methods available for breast augmentation today, each of which has a unique set of benefits that align with the concerns, goals, and anatomy of patients as individuals. Some of the variables that will differ between breast augmentation cases include:

  • Type of incision
  • Implant placement
  • Implant type
  • Implant size
  • Implant shape

Generally speaking, breast augmentation surgery involves creating an incision on or beneath the breast, through which an artificial breast implant is inserted into a breast pocket. In some cases, a fat transfer may be used in addition to (or instead of) breast implants to add volume and make natural-looking enhancements to the overall contour of the breasts.

Why are your breasts numb after breast augmentation surgery?

Many women are surprised by a feeling of numbness or loss of sensation in their breasts and nipples after breast augmentation surgery. This is a normal, expected, and usually temporary side effect of the procedure that occurs as a result of the severing of nerves that happens while the breast pocket is being created and the implants are being placed.

Will I regain nipple sensation after a breast augmentation?

In most cases, nerves are regenerated, and patients regain feeling in their breasts and nipples after breast augmentation. However, it is important for patients to understand that this can take up to a year or longer in some cases and that their sensations may not be the same as they were prior to surgery. For some women, breast and nipple sensations are weaker following a breast augmentation, while others actually develop heightened sensitivity after surgery.

Can I still breastfeed with implants?

Many women are able to successfully breastfeed after a breast augmentation with implants, but some patients experience challenges breastfeeding with implants. This can be associated with difficulty latching, poor milk supply, and even the loss of nipple and breast sensations affecting the body’s natural responses. If you have questions about the possibility of nursing with implants, don’t hesitate to discuss these with Dr. Dauwe at the time of your consultation so that he can advise you further.

Feel sexier and more feminine than ever with breast augmentation surgery in Dallas, TX

There’s no question that, for many women, having full, round breasts can be a confidence booster that is closely tied to their feelings of femininity and desirability. If you have naturally small breasts or have experienced changes in your breasts over time and you’re ready to give your curves a boost, call Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery to schedule your Dallas, TX, breast augmentation consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe today.

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