After having breast implant surgery there are some side effects that may occur. Many women will wonder if they will lose the sensation in their breasts or nipples after the surgery. Generally speaking, there are some women who will have nipple sensation disturbance after surgery. For most women, the sensation will go back to normal within about three to six months. In some cases it may take a year or two before the sensation gets back to normal. In rare cases a woman will never have the sensation go back to normal.
It is very rare for a woman to totally lose sensation in her breasts after only augmentation, but is more common in a breast lift or a breast reduction. Some of the signs that sensation in the breast is coming back is a feeling of needle like prickling in the nipple, itchiness in the nipple or even “zingers” in the nipple area. The number of women who will lose sensation is less than 10% and this is closer to about 1% for those who only have augmentation.
As with any type of surgical procedure, one of the risks is the loss of sensation in the breast area. If you are considering a breast augmentation, reduction, or lift, it is important to discuss the risks and the benefits of this type of procedure. Your doctor will go over any concerns that you might have and discuss the different options that are available to you.
There are certain physical therapy techniques that can be helpful if you find that you have lost sensation in your breasts after surgery. The risk of permanently losing feeling is quite rare and most people will find that the sensation loss is quite temporary and will return in a short amount of time.