Is There Loss of Nipple Sensitivity with Breast Reduction Surgery?

As stated previously, with any surgery comes the possibility of risks and complications. With breast reduction surgery is the risk of loss of nipple/areola sensitivity and in some cases, may cause more sensitivity to the point of discomfort. Total loss is not common, affecting around 5% to 15% of women, with many regaining sensitivity within a few weeks to a few months.

Nipple Grafting

Women with very large breasts, may need a “free nipple graft” to be done. This is where the nipple is removed and then reattached as a skin graft making the loss of sensation expected. With other reduction mammoplasty procedures such as the inferior pedicle technique, also known as the inverted T or anchor, the nipple/areola remains attached, and sensation is usually preserved.

Weighing the Risks

It is important for women to determine if the benefits outweigh the risks. For the majority of San Francisco Bay Area women, the relief from no longer having large breasts is well worth it.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are hoping to have breast reduction surgery in the near future, fill out the online form to schedule a consult. Dr. Delgado would love to help meet your surgical needs.

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Dr. Miguel Delgado


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

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