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Nipple reconstruction. will the nipple never feel the same again?

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Dr. Sean Canale answered

Specializes in Breast Surgery

No: The nipple is a very sensitive area. Most of the sensory nerve run through the skin so they are divided with any incision. Reconstruction can rebuild a projecting tip but no restore these nerves.

Answered 1/5/2019

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Dr. Kenneth Lee answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Nerves: After a mastectomy the breast itself is removed- therefore denervating (removing all sensation) to the breast itself and nipple (if nipple sparing). It's possible to regain sensation to the upper portions of the chest from skin nerve supply but never again to the breast itself. The same applies for nipple reconstruction. The reconstruction is three dimensional but without sensation.

Answered 3/26/2013

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