During a breast lift, the nipple is often removed and repositioned higher on the breast to create perkier breasts. Obviously, this raises concerns among some patients concerning the side effects of such a procedure known as a nipple graft. One of the main concerns that patients often ask about is, “Will a breast lift affect nipple sensation?”
A breast lift could potentially affect nipple sensation. It is not uncommon for patients to experience temporary numbness and loss of sensation. Normally, after a few weeks, this will gradually begin to come back. Though, it can sometimes last up to a year in some patients.
While temporary for most, it is sometimes permanent. This is exceedingly rare considering a breast lift is a common surgery, but it can happen. Dr. Allegra can discuss this possibility with you during your consultation. It is not always necessary to remove the nipple during a breast lift. Usually, patients find that sensation starts to come back within three months, if not sooner.