What Happens to Nipple Sensitivity After Breast Augmentation?

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Breast augmentation is counted among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, particularly for women interested in enhancing the size, shape, and position of their natural breasts. Whether you’re interested in achieving a subtle breast lift or are considering a significant augmentation, you may have a number of questions about what to expect after breast surgery.

One of the most common questions about breast augmentation is regarding whether breast and nipple sensitivity will change after the procedure, or remain the same. It’s understandable that many patients wonder if their nipple sensitivity may increase – or decrease – after breast augmentation, but most soon realize that there is virtually no need for concern.

While some slight changes in nipple sensitivity can occur in some patients after a breast augmentation, the effect is nearly always temporary.
Here’s everything you need to know about experiencing changes in nipple sensitivity after undergoing a breast augmentation.

Can Breast Augmentation Cause Changes in Nipple Sensitivity?

You may be surprised to learn that it’s not unusual to notice a change in nipple sensation immediately after breast augmentation, especially in the early stages of recovery. Because breast implants generally stretch the breast tissue, which includes a significant number of nerves, some minor changes in sensation are extremely common. However, as your body naturally adjusts to the implant, it’s extremely likely that your nipple sensitivity will return to normal.

Decreased Nipple Sensitivity After Breast Augmentation

A surprising number of patients are worried that they will lose all nipple sensation after breast augmentation, but that side effect is extremely rare. If you are concerned about decreased nipple sensitivity, you may find it reassuring to know that scientists have reported that today’s cosmetic surgery techniques pose a very low risk to overall sensation.

Increased Nipple Sensitivity After Breast Augmentation

A noticeable increase in the sensitivity of nipples after augmentation is slightly more common, but is a normal part of the recovery process. Some patients might detect new sensations in the breast area after surgery, but nearly all of them report that sensitivity returns to normal once their body has healed.

How Long Might Effects on Nipple Sensitivity Last?

The larger your implants, the more likely that you’ll experience at least some degree of altered sensitivity during the first few weeks or months of recovery.

We have found that many patients report that their sensation level returns to normal within just a few days, while still others experience absolutely no change in sensitivity. Ultimately, every patient is unique, but trusting your procedure to an experienced, licensed plastic surgeon is key to achieving the best possible results.

Get More Information about Breast Augmentation with a One-on-One Consultation

If you’re interested in learning more about the breast augmentation process, we recommend scheduling a private consultation with Dr. Michael Streitmann, a leading provider of cosmetic surgery in Houston. At your appointment, Dr. Streitmann can evaluate your specific case, answering any questions you may have about potential results, expected recovery, and more.

Additionally, he can provide more information about a breast lift vs. breast augmentation, and whether one (or possibly both) may be best suited to achieve your desired results.

When you’re searching for an experienced Houston plastic surgeon that you can trust, turn to Dr. Michael Streitmann. His extensive expertise, knowledge of cutting-edge techniques, and true dedication to his patients has earned him the exceptional honor of being known as one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Houston.

Learn more about if breast augmentation is right for you by contacting our office and scheduling your consultation today.

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