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

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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kenneth Lee
Dr. Kenneth Lee
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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
Thank
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