Will I Lose Sensation in My Breasts from Breast Augmentation?
Many women ask: Will I lose sensation in my breasts from breast augmentation? Initially, most patients experience come numbness after surgery. This can last for four to six months, with the feeling returning gradually. Occasionally some numbness persists beyond six months. The risk of long-term loss of sensation depends on the size of implant and incision placement, but permanent numbness is very rare. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Rai will talk you through the process and what you can expect, including the recovery stages.
Temporary numbness is normal, and you should not be concerned if it has been less than six months after your surgery. Enlarging your breasts stretches the sensory nerves and they need time to recover.
Larger implants mean more stretching, so choosing maximum enlargement means sensation could take longer to return. In some cases, some loss of sensation can even be permanent, but even with very large implants permanent numbness is rare.
Numbness may be experienced in the nipples or breast tissue. Incision placement also affects loss of sensation. The inframammary fold incision, made under the breast, is associated with the least loss of sensation. As you probably guessed, the incision around the nipple, called periareolar incision, carries an increased risk or permanent loss of sensation.
If you are would like to learn more about the risks and benefits of breast augmentation, and learn more about the breast surgery options that will best serve your needs and goals, please contact the Cosmetic Surgical Center to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Vasdev Rai. Dr. Rai provides breast enhancement surgery procedures to patients living in Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas of Texas.
Dr. Vasdev Rai
Dr. Vasdev Rai has performed more than 25,000 cosmetic surgeries over his more than 30 years in practice as a Dallas plastic surgeon. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was first certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 1983. Learn More...
Dr. Surjit Rai
Dr. Surjit Rai was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Being the son of a plastic surgeon, Dr. Rai had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the impact a plastic surgeon can have. He knew at a young age that he would dedicate his life and academic career towards the goal of becoming a plastic surgeon. Learn More...