Nipple desensitization after breast surgery
Breast surgery is considered a major operation. It comes, of course, with associated risks and complications. There are problems that can be easily corrected, but there are those that may persist longer. Some even become permanent. Among the very common postoperative complications associated with breast surgery is Nipple Desensitization.
What is Nipple Desensitization?
After the surgery, most patients experience a change in nipple sensation or numbness after the procedure. This is caused by the damaged nerves that were injured during the process. Many patients experience a change in sensation or numbness in the nipples after the surgery. This is mostly a general side effect of the surgery because the nerves have been injured and they need time to heal. The injury can either be minor or major. Some major damaged often remains permanent.
What causes this condition?
Here are some factors that can trigger nipple desensitization:
It is important to choose the right size of the breast implants. If you choose a breast implant that is too big for the natural space in your breasts, the nerves can be stretched. The pressure can bruise, injure or even slash the nerves. It would take quite some time for them to heal. However, if it persists for a long time, the damage can be permanent.
The location of the incisions can trigger this condition, too. In most cases, if the incisions are placed in or around the areola and nipple, the risk of nipple desensitization increases.
If the implant has been put underneath the breast muscle, nipple desensitization is less likely to happen. If the implants are placed above the breast muscle, then there’s a higher risk that nipple desensitization might happen.