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If I Have Breast Surgery Will I Lose Nipple Sensation?

Dr. Suzanne A. Trott offers her insight on whether patients having elective breast surgery will lose nipple sensation.


Nipple sensation, a topic we always discuss when we are consenting a patient for a breast augmentation, lift or reduction. Nine out of ten women look at me and say, "What nipple sensation?" If you are the tenth woman who says, "Oh my God. I can't live without my nipple sensation.", then you should never have elective breast surgery.

Even though the risk of permanently losing nipple sensation after a breast augmentation is extremely rare and the risk after a breast reduction or lift is approximately less than 10%. In fact, a lot of times the sensation goes up.