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Will I Lose Feeling in My Nipples After Breast Augmentation Surgery?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Breast augmentation surgery is typically uncomplicated and can leave women feeling sexier and more confident than ever, but – like with all surgeries – there are some risks and side effects associated with breast augmentation. Without question, choosing a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to perform your breast augmentation is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of complications and side effects while ensuring an optimal cosmetic outcome. At Morales Plastic Surgery, leading Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales performs breast augmentation surgery using the most innovative techniques and tools available today to minimize the risk of intraoperative and post-surgical complications. For many women, a fear of losing nipple sensitivity is a common concern prior to breast augmentation. Read on to learn more about the connection between nipple numbness and breast augmentation surgery here.

Will my nipples be numb after getting implants?

Almost immediately following breast augmentation surgery, patients can expect some loss of feeling in their breasts and nipples. This is a normal side effect of surgery due to the nerves, tissues, and other structures being disrupted or severed. Loss of sensation is typically temporary, with most women regaining breast and nipple sensation after several weeks or months. In some cases, patients report increased nipple sensitivity after getting breast implants, while others may never regain feeling in the nipples – though this is rare. Still, the timeline for regaining feeling in the breasts and nipples after a breast augmentation varies and may take up to two years.

What other side effects or complications are possible with breast implants?

Again, complications resulting from breast augmentation surgery are relatively rare, but some of the most “common” include:

  • Capsular contracture
  • Implant rupture
  • Implant displacement
  • Bottoming out
  • Symmastia
  • Poor aesthetic outcome
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Loss of breast and/or nipple sensation
  • Breast implant illness

Is there a risk-free breast augmentation alternative?

All surgical procedures, whether elective or medically necessary, come with some level of risk. However, when performed by a trained, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon, breast augmentation is considered very safe for patients in good overall health who are considered appropriate candidates for surgery. For patients who prefer an alternative to breast augmentation that does not carry the risks associated with synthetic breast implants, a fat transfer to the breast may be an attractive solution. During a breast fat transfer, excess fat is removed from another area of the body using liposuction, and Dr. Morales injects the fat into the breasts to add volume with remarkably natural-looking and feeling results. With a fat transfer breast augmentation, patients are not at risk for capsular contracture, implant rupture, and other potential complications associated with synthetic breast implants. Still, it is important to reiterate that breast augmentation with implants is widely considered safe and effective, is FDA approved, and rarely results in long-term complications or side effects when performed with a highly experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.

Make the right choice for your breast augmentation in Houston, TX

When it comes to your health, safety, and appearance, you deserve only the best. Minimize your risks and maximize your beauty by selecting top Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales to perform your breast augmentation surgery. For more information and to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Morales, call the friendly team at Morales Plastic Surgery today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.