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.
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.
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.