Breast augmentation is a major surgery, and it’s important to completely understand all the possible risks and complications that might come with the procedure; for instance, one of the most common concerns women have about breast augmentation is the risk of losing feeling in their nipples after surgery. At Burt & Will, we care about informing our patients, so we’ve put this helpful guide together on losing sensitivity after breast augmentation and what you can do to prevent it.

Why Does This Happen?

Breast augmentation is a major invasive surgery, and it can sometimes result in the damage or disturbance of the nerves in the breasts. Nerves are much too fine to avoid, so they can sometimes be severed or stretched, leading to changes in sensation in the breast. If the nerves are simply stretched or slightly damaged, it is possible for the nipples to eventually regain sensation once the nerves heal.

What Are My Changes?

Fortunately, the chances of losing sensation in the nipples is extremely low. According to a study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, around 40% of women experience numbness or a change in sensation after breast augmentation. Of those women, less than 2% experienced numbness that lasted permanently. Even with those extremely low odds, it’s possible to further reduce the chances of losing sensation in the nipples. One way to lower your risk is by choosing implants that are the perfect size for your breast tissue, because if an implant is too wide for your natural breast tissue it can stretch and damage the nerves. Certain incision locations, like in the inframammary area, can reduce the probability of disturbing the nerves.


Another common side effect of breast augmentation is hypersensitive nipples. Some women report shooting pains, tingling, and extreme sensitivity to touch, making it difficult to wear certain bras and tops. Much like sensitivity loss, most women should expect these side effects to dissipate after a few months.


Some physicians have recommended gentle massage to the breasts once it’s comfortable to do so. This will help stimulate the nerves in the breasts and hopefully begin the healing process. However, it’s important to remember that for a good majority the sensation changes are only temporary, and the best a woman can do is wait for the changes in sensation to go away. Most women report regaining sensation after a few months, although some have reported having to wait 1-2 years.

It’s normal to be worried about the possible risks and complications of a major surgery like breast augmentation, but it will definitely help to speak to compassionate female surgeons with years of experience performing breast surgeries. For a chance to work with a breast augmentation expert, contact Burt & Will for a consultation with Dr. Burt or Dr. Will.

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