Tag: Breast Augmentation

Nipple Sensitivity After Breast Augmentation: What Are the Facts?

April 2nd, 2012 — 9:51am

Nipple sensitivityBREAST AUGMENTATION surgery remains the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. The demand for BREAST IMPLANT SURGERY increased 4% in 2011 to 307,000 women according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

As its popularity grows, women are becoming more proactive about educating themselves about their decision. One of the most significant concerns is about sensitivity to the nipple post operatively. Women want to know the statistics, not just “opinions” not backed up by any evidence. They want to make fully informed decisions.

An excellent study on this subject was published in the October 2011 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A plastic surgeon from Rome collaborating with a British colleague published data on 1222 patients (that is 2444 breasts!) examining nerve function after breast enlargement surgery. They reported the following:

  1. Half of all patients experienced a TEMPORARY change in sensitivity that goes away by itself in 6-8 weeks. 
  2. At six months, 94.8% of women had normal sensation, unchanged from before surgery.
  3. Large breast implants did not increase the incidence of sensory change.
  4. Patient age did not factor into sensory change.
  5. Placing the implant above or below the pectoral muscle did not make a difference in sensation.
  6. A decrease in feeling was present in 2.7% of women post op. Discomfort was noted for 3.5%.
  7. The only risk factor identified for altering nerve sensation was use of the periareolar incision.

In fact the periareolar  incision resulted in more than double the number of women with altered sensation.  Fortunately this sensory change affected only a small number of women. If a scar around the areola is what you prefer, it is good to know the facts up front.

Breast Augmentation, Breast health, Breast Implants, Mommy Makeover

Disproportionate Breasts Can Interfere with Sports

July 15th, 2011 — 4:27pm

Seattle is a community were women are involved in all kinds of athletics. Having breasts that are uncomfortable can be a barrier to many types of activities.

Women with breasts that are too large have trouble with high impact movements. Bras can pull on the shoulder straps and rub around the chest band. Repetitive motion like running can cause chafing and heat rashes. Even wearing two sports bras may not be support enough to prevent bouncing. This can discourage large breasted women from participating in the type of workout they might enjoy.

A breast reduction or breast lift can make a huge functional as well as cosmetic difference. For the woman with breasts that are overly large or one with the right size but drooping breasts, plastic surgery has a variety of offerings to address these concerns.

Women with very small breasts may be as uncomfortable in the gym as those with large breasts. One of my patients is a competitive body builder. She disliked wearing a padded bra for her contests. Another woman swims regularly for exercise but felt unfeminine in her bathing suit. Both of these chose a breast augmentation to improve their confidence in these settings. I had women seek breast enlargement that were personal trainers, yoga instructors, pilates teachers and coaches. These professionals recognized that making changes in their breasts improved physical function, appearance and self image.

Breast health is an important contributor to a woman’s over all well being. Don’t neglect your breast health.

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