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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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nipple reconstructio: Nipple areola reconstruction can be done by sharing 1/2 of a large nipple from the non-cancerous breast, grafting it to the reconstructed breast, and incising a slight scar to create an areolar border. The nipple can also be created using the skin of the reconstructed breast to create a flap, and closing it in a sombrero shape. This is generally the last stage in breast reconstruction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A couple of days: There are several ways to perform nipple reconstruction. Most ways are done under general anesthesia (variety of flaps + grafts) and recovery is normally just a couple of days. The skate flap plus full thickness graft is the best way to achieve optimal projection and have a 'realistic' nipple. If you want the simplest procedure, a tattoo is done without anesthesia and recovery is immediate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gynecomastia: Enlarged male breasts can come from a number of different causes. Before any treatment can be done, you must first have a complete physical exam and may need bloodwork to rule out hormonal issues. There are a number of medications that can also cause gynecomastia. Once all medical reasons are ruled out, one may consider treatment. You should seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How sensitive will i be after a nipple reconstruction? Naturally, i just want an idea of how much sensitivity i can expect in that area after a nipple reconstruction surgery. Will being touched there feel the same is it did before my mastectomy?
Varies, not normal: Post mastectomy breast reconstruction is still limited in this day and age to return a perfectly normal breast to a woman. Our current limited goal is to return form or shape to a reconstructed breast but we cannot return the functionality of a breast nor the normal sensation. Having said that, nature is amazing as some patients do get some feeling in their reconstructed breasts in 6-12 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: It is quite common to use tattoo ink to color the reconstructed nipple. This can be done alone or together with creation of a raised nipple. Many times, the surgeon will do the tattooing but sometimes the tattoo will be performed at a later date by a cosmetic tattoo artist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends...: It can depend on what type of mastectomy you have. However, even after a nipple sparing mastectomy with reconstruction, most of the nerves are cut during the mastectomy part of surgery. So while the nipple skin is preserved, the sensation and erectile function of the nipple can be compromised. Over time, some of the sensation to the nipple skin can and does return. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easily or when: you squeeze? Thick or liquidy like milk? Possible causes for Galactorrhea include but are not limited to use of birth control pills, tricyclic antidepressants, antipsychotic meds, some sedatives,fennel, anise, fenugreek, some hypertension meds, Cocaine, Opioids,hypothyroidism, prolactinoma, renal dz, pregnancy, testosterone deficiency in men & significant breast stimulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im a male and Ive had big/soft nipples since I was 14. I'm almost 17 now. When can I expect this to go away?
See Your Doctor: Gynecomastia is caused by enlargement of breast tissue; is usually benign & occurs transiently in 40-60% of adolescent males 10-16 yrs old. Usually resolves spontaneously within 3 yrs in 90% of boys. Can be caused by: high Estrogen or low Androgen levels, specific drugs (eg. anabolic steroids, some anti-depressants, alcohol & marijuana use); & more. See your doctor for a check-up & reassurance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Habituation: Any type of perceptual sensitivity decreases with excessive stimulation. Maximum perceptual sensitivity is found with optimal scheduling of the stimulation. For example, the pleasure of taste increases with a period of abstinence from tasting. To maximally enjoy the taste of ice cream, for example, one would not eat it every day. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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