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How to Increase Breast Sensitivity: Safe and Effective Strategies

Dr. Ludwig Allegra

November 21, 2023
How to Increase Breast Sensitivity

How to Increase Breast Sensitivity

After any breast surgery, it is normal to feel numbness or a loss of sensation. This is normal in the surgical area after any type of surgery. Of course, breast sensation is often a concern for patients who want to maintain breast sensitivity. In nearly all cases, patients will see full breast sensitivity return.

However, it can take several months for full sensation to return. This can be a frustrating journey, but luckily, patients do have safe and effective ways they can promote an increase in breast sensitivity after breast augmentation or any other cosmetic breast surgery.


#1: Massage


Most surgeons recommend massaging breasts that have undergone breast augmentation. This usually starts around one to two weeks post-op. Massaging the breasts after breast augmentation offers several possible benefits. Firstly, it helps reduce swelling and can even promote proper lymphatic drainage. Massaging may also promote optimal settling of the tissues and breast implants. Finally, massaging the breasts can help bring back sensation.


The first signs of sensation coming back are itchiness, tingling, or a small amount of pain. Massaging can help relieve these uncomfortable feelings but also help increase blood flow to the area and thus healing. Dr. Allegra will show patients how to properly massage their breasts at one of their post-op appointments.


#2: Ultrasound Massage


While patients can perform post-surgery massage on themselves at home, sometimes Dr. Allegra may recommend that patients undergo an ultrasound massage. Ultrasound waves can help do many of the things regular massage does, but it can also help relieve discomfort and wake up the nerves in the surgical area. Also, since this is performed by a professional, they can adequately treat areas that Dr. Allegra may not want patients to touch on their own, such as their incision sites.


#3: Rest and Wait


The frustrating truth about increasing breast sensitivity after breast augmentation in Bellevue is that one of the best things you can do is simply rest and wait. The nerves will repair themselves as long as a patient follows their post-operative protocol. It is only in rare situations that numbness of the breast is a more permanent condition. Numbness may persist over the incision for some time, but other areas should regain full or most of their sensation within one year.


Not getting adequate rest or following post-op instructions can cause numbness or lack of sensitivity to persist. Therefore, it is important to follow Dr. Allegra’s instructions. Additionally, it is important to note that some patients experience increased sensitivity instead of decreased sensitivity. Also, sometimes the breasts may become more sensitive than normal temporarily after sensation returns.




Safely promoting the return of breast sensitivity after breast augmentation in Bellevue, WA does not have to be difficult or require many office visits. Patients can generally wait and see the sensation return. However, patients who heal slower or who have notable concerns about breast sensation can make a plan with Dr. Allegra to maintain as much breast sensation as possible. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. Patients can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.


Dr. Ludwig Allegra

Dr. Ludwig Allegra has provided Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas with premier plastic surgery procedures for over two decades.