19 Jan 2016 How Does a Breast Lift Impact Nipple Sensation?
What Is A Breast Lift
A breast lift is intended to remove excess skin of the breast and usually repositioning the nipple to a more aesthetically pleasing position. This removal of skin and repositioning of the nipple normally does not affect the underlying breast volume. By repackaging the breast in this fashion, a firmer more lifted appearance is the result.
Breast Lift and Nipple Sensation
Although any surgery on the breast has the potential risk of affecting nipple sensation, in general, standard breast lifts do not result in loss of nipple sensation. Because this surgery is normally done close to the surface of the breast, the important nerves innervating the nipple area are usually not affected. These nerves are usually deeper in the breast and are usually protected from damage, which could be caused by a breast lift.
Other Breast Surgeries and Nipple Sensation
Breast reductions have a somewhat higher risk of affecting sensation, as do breast augmentations, and some breast lift techniques that do a greater amount of deep tissue manipulation. In other words, skin level procedures have less risk since the nipple sensation comes from nerves that travel up through the breast tissue. Any procedure that involves deeper dissection, as listed, may increase the risk of nerve damage.