Breast augmentation is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world for a reason: it’s highly customizable and offers breathtaking, lifechanging results for the patient. However, it’s not without its downsides, and one of the most common concerns about breast augmentation is the possible loss of sensitivity from the nipples as a result of the surgery. If you’re worried about the possibility of losing sensation after your surgery, this handy guide might just help put your mind at ease.

Why Do We Lose Sensitivity?

Breast augmentation is an invasive procedure, and more often than not, it can damage or disturb the nerves in breasts which leads to a loss in sensitivity for the nipples. Depending on whether the nerves are simply stretched or damaged, the loss in sensitivity may last for a few months or be completely permanent. Remarkably, another common side effect of breast augmentation is nipple hypersensitivity, which can lead to feelings of pain and discomfort.

How Likely Am I to Lose Sensitivity?

According to a 2015 study from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, almost 40% of women experience some numbness in the nipple after breast augmentation. These side effects were usually temporary and lasted for only a few months, and only 2% of those women experienced some kind of loss of sensation permanently. No matter how small the probability of sensation loss is, it is possible to lower its chances of occurring even further.

There are quite a few factors that could increase your risk of losing nipple sensitivity. For example, having an improperly-sized implant can increase your risk of nipple numbness. Implants that are much too large for your natural breast tissue will result in stretching of the sensory nerves and lead to a higher risk for loss of nipple sensation.

What Can I Do to Help Prevent Sensitivity Loss?

Once it’s comfortable to do so, it’s been said that regularly massaging the breasts can help with restoring feeling to the nipples. By gently stimulating the nerves, it’s possible that light massage can restore normal sensation. It’s also important to remember that almost all cases of sensation loss are temporary, so for the most part, the best that women can do is to wait for a few months for normal sensation to return.

If you want to learn more about everything that entails breast augmentation, it’s essential that you talk to a compassionate expert on breast surgery like Dr. Sato. To schedule a consultation, contact her offices now.