I went for a breast augmentation -2011(implants over the pectoral muscle/inframammary incision. I felt numbness under the nipple area and loss of sensitivity. After 1 year, no changes. I decided in 2015 to have the implants removed, but the surgeon ended up putting a smaller one not to make big scars or have a saggy breast. my scar is bigger now. I am looking on how to improve sensitivity (stop numbness in the nipple and area below it to feel the touch and changes in temperature.
A: Loss of sensation not likely to improve 5 years following breast augmentation
The nerves giving sensory innervation travel on the external (lateral) border of the breast. These nerves are not easily seen and often suffer a stretch injury during breast augmentation from the pocket dissection and implant placement. In the vast majority of patients, the nerves are intact but "stunned" (medically termed neuropraxia) and sensation returns to normal. This sensation usually returns within 3 months but may require up to 18 months. Persisting loss of sensation beyond 18 months suggests that the nerves have sustained a greater degree of injury with resulting permanent residual sensory loss. Regrettably, implant downsizing / removal are unlikely to alter the state of the nerve damage after your primary breast augmentation. It would be worthwhile to discuss this prognosis in greater detail with your plastic surgeon. Wishing you well.