All surgeries can impact the level of sensation you’re able to feel in the affected area. Depending on the region and type of surgery performed, the body can become more or less sensitive through the healing process. Some loss of sensation following breast augmentation is normal, although the degree of sensitivity varies by individual.
It is important to note that sensation is typically temporary and feeling will return as healing progresses.
Factors That May Affect Sensation
The swelling that occurs during healing from breast augmentation is one factor that can cause loss of sensation. The body builds up fluid in the area of the surgery as a way to protect itself. The swelling can put pressure on the nerves, generating changes in sensation. Sensation returns gradually as the swelling goes down.
The type of incision and the placement of the breast implants play a role in the changes of sensation following breast augmentation surgery. Changes in sensation of the nipples will occur if the incision is placed using the periareolar incision option, which is made around the areola.
Studies have shown that changes in sensation of the breasts are more common with the subglandular placement of the breast implants, in which the breast implants are placed above the muscle.
In most cases, sensation returns to normal as you heal. If you feel long-term loss of sensation or extreme variances in sensitivity, you should inform your plastic surgeon.
If you would like to learn more about breast augmentation, please contact Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim at E. Kim Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.