The range of changes
varies from intense sensation to no sensation in the nipple or breast following
The physiological response
to stimuli (sexual and non-sexual) and also the ability to nurse a baby can be
adversely affected by nipple and breast sensation changes after breast
augmentation or breast surgery.
Both Allergan and Mentor,
the two largest implant manufacturers studies have suggested that anywhere from
five to nine percent of patients experience intense changes in the nipple
sensation at the three year mark. And ten percent experience intense changes at
the five year mark. It is also noted, that an additional ten percent of
patients will experience a permanent loss of nipple sensation.
experience intense skin sensation or hypersensitivity are around seven to eight
percent between three to five years after breast augmentation surgery.
Factors that can increase the risk of nipple and
breast sensation - after breast augmentation:
Changes in sensation might
be permanent or temporary; which are often due to swelling that usually resolves
after 4-6 weeks. The loss of sensation in the nipple or the breast might take up
to a year or more to return, and with most patients this does return.