Thanks for the input. I've heard that it you should visit your plastic surgeon when there is numbness around the nipples following surgery. Is that true?
This should not be construed as medical advice. I am a retired Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Welcome to our forum. Female Breast Reduction Forum - Sensation Nipples and Areola After Surgery
is another thread about this same issue.
Numbness in nipples can be an expected Breast Reduction Complication
that I discussed with each patient depending on the problem to be treated or technique used. Each Breast Reduction Surgery
has its own design, and limitations. In removing extra female breast tissue, the nipple areola region is usually supported on a Pedicle Flap seen in these Graphic Pictures during Breast Reduction Surgery
. That is where the nipple and areola must get their blood and nerve supply. Different surgery designs involve cutting different nerves or blood vessels to achieve their design. The most nerve damaging of the designs, I rarely used: the Free Nipple Graft. I tried to avoid the Free Graft because Breast Feeding After Breast Reduction
So, calling the plastic surgeon after surgery depends on what someone was told before the operation. My patients already were told what to expect so that is a call I do not remember getting. We actually looked at that issue during the first breast exam shortly after surgery, and the patient asked about the sensation issue. Yet, my patients also were told to call me immediately if they had questions or something was not going like what they saw on my web site. But that was the power of showing the path taken during recovery for my methods. Check out these Breast Reduction Experiences Videos
to see what I mean.
So visiting the doctor after surgery for breast numbness? Yes, all my patients were required to visit me after breast reduction as part of their normal follow up. The numbness was discussed. But the visit was not for the numbness, it was for many things as part of the after surgery evaluation, examination, and normal follow up. I would worry about any breast reduction surgeon not having such a requirement.
For me the fun of it was when a patient told me that they had normal sensation after breast reduction. That is something I tried to achieve, but never expected, just wished for. When it happened, it was one more element of pleasure in a successful surgical sculpture.
Hope this helps,
Michael Bermant, MDLearn More About Breast Reduction in Women