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Can You Feel Your Nipples After a Breast Lift?

More and more women today are choosing to enhance the appearance of their breasts by having a breast lift. A breast lift, also called a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure intended to correct the size, contour and elevation of sagging breasts. It can alter your figure and revive your confidence by restoring the shape you once had, or by giving you a new, perky profile. A breast lift works by reshaping and lifting sagging or loose breast tissue that has occurred as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, the effects of gravity or the aging process.

There are various approaches to breast lift surgery. During a consultation in Gainesville, Dr. Allison will recommend the best approach based on your preferences, body shape and degree of ptosis (sagging).

During breast lift surgery in Gainesville, Dr. Allison removes the excess breast tissue and skin and moves the nipple and areola to a higher position. If breast implants are being used, they will be inserted. Then the skin surrounding the areola is brought down and together to create a new breast shape. Lastly, all incisions are closed with sutures, often strategically placed under the breast so they are not noticeable.

A common concern among breast lift patients is if they will lose nipple sensation following surgery. In almost all cases, any change in nipple sensation is only temporary and will usually resolve within 6 to 8 weeks following the breast lift procedure. 

The reason nipple sensation may be affected is because the nerve supply to the nipple can be disrupted during the operation. This can be due to cutting the nerve or if an implant is used it can stretch the nerve. 

As the nerves are growing back it can cause certain signals — typically itching, tingling or an intermittent “shooting” sensation. Some patients may experience decreased sensation, while others experience increased sensation. 

To learn more we invite you to contact David W. Allison, MD at 703-754-8228 or website to schedule a breast lift consultation.