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Will you experience loss of sensation in a breast reduction procedure?

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Dr. David Levens
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: It is possible

Any surgery can lead to temporary loss of sensation but most commonly there is complete return to normal although it may take months or even years.
With breast reduction the vast majority of patients will have some temporary numbness but the majority will also regain full sensation within 2 years.

In brief: It is possible

Any surgery can lead to temporary loss of sensation but most commonly there is complete return to normal although it may take months or even years.
With breast reduction the vast majority of patients will have some temporary numbness but the majority will also regain full sensation within 2 years.
Dr. David Levens
Dr. David Levens
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Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Generally not

It depends somewhat on what technique is used, but most techniques should not cause any permanent loss of sensation.
For very large reductions, sometimes the nipple/areola complexes are removed entirely and then replaced as skin grafts. In these cases, there will be no sensation in the grafted tissue, but these techniques are becoming less and less common.

In brief: Generally not

It depends somewhat on what technique is used, but most techniques should not cause any permanent loss of sensation.
For very large reductions, sometimes the nipple/areola complexes are removed entirely and then replaced as skin grafts. In these cases, there will be no sensation in the grafted tissue, but these techniques are becoming less and less common.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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