Will I Lose Sensitivity in My Nipples After Breast Augmentation?

Breast augmentation is a great way to enhance the size of your breasts and improve the appearance of your cleavage. Like all plastic surgery procedures, though, breast enlargement has its own side effects. One of them includes the possibility of nipple sensitivity loss.

However, there’s only about 15% chance that the loss might occur. Dr. Ben Lee is aware of this risk, so he has trained extensively to ensure that patients will get the results they want without losing the one thing that contributes to their femininity.

The best way to reduce the risk of breast augmentation is to have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Lee. Through an assessment, Dr. Lee will be able to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. He will also help you decide on three essential factors that can affect the sensitivity of your nipples:

  1. Placement

There are two choices for the placement of breast implants, either under or over the muscle. Dr. Lee will discuss the pros and cons of each placement thoroughly to help you decide which one is more appropriate. An implant placement that’s over the muscle is ideal for you if you have enough natural breast tissue.

If you don’t have enough breast tissue, the placement of implants under the muscle will add a layer of implant coverage, so they look natural. Although this option will result in an uncomfortable recovery, this placement will interfere less with the nerves that produce sensation.

  1. Size

Bigger doesn’t always mean better for all women. This explains why it’s important to work with Dr. Lee closely in selecting an implant size. A bigger breast implant size placed in a small body frame could over extend the nerves in the breasts, which can lose the sensitivity in your nipples. To be on the safe side and to have enlarged breasts that look natural, choose an implant size that’s right for your body type.

  1. Incision

Your choice of implant incision will not only affect the visibility of your scars but also nipple sensitivity. The most common incision types that Dr. Lee employs are periareolar, or around the nipple, inframammary or beneath the lower part of the breast, and transaxillary or along the crease of the armpit. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages, which your surgeon will discuss with you and recommend the safest option that’s appropriate for you.

Your decision about these factors is personal, so you should only choose the options you’re more comfortable with. Of course, Dr. Lee will guide you so he can help you decide what size, placement, and incision that have the lesser risk of nipple sensitivity loss. If you have additional questions about the risk of breast augmentation, feel free to consult Dr. Lee. Request your consultation here.