Tingling and Numbness after Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation can address a wide range of breast-related cosmetic concerns like asymmetry, small size, and shape. The plastic surgeons of Tarrant Plastic Surgery will customize your treatment so you can enjoy the many benefits of a beautiful bustline.
It is not uncommon to experience temporary side effects following surgery in our Fort Worth, TX, surgical center. Two potential side effects after breast augmentation include tingling and numbness. To explain the causes and potential remedies for these side effects, we offer this overview.
Numbness after Breast Augmentation
Many women worry that they will lose feeling in their breasts following breast augmentation. While concern about long-term numbness of the breast and nipple is understandable, only 2 percent of patients report persistent numbness after breast augmentation, according to one study.
A Normal Side Effect
Numbness is a normal side effect of any surgical procedure. The incisions that are made affect the nerves, which results in temporary numbness. As the body heals, nerve connections are reestablished and patients will steadily regain sensation in all areas of their breasts.
Factors that Affect Numbness
There is no way to predict how much numbness any of our Fort Worth patients will experience following surgery. The size of the implant compared to the chest diameter is one factor. If you have questions about what a safe and appropriate breast augmentation size is, one of our doctors will be glad to advise you. Smaller implants often require less dissection of tissue, which can minimize numbness after breast augmentation.
Tingling after Breast Augmentation
Each patient reacts differently to nerve damage. While some patients experience numbness after breast augmentation, others may feel a tingling sensation. This sensation may continue as the nerves regenerate. Any tingling sensations will slowly subside as your body heals and your nerves regenerate.
Tips for Reducing Tingling and Numbness after Breast Augmentation
Side effects are a normal part of any healing process. To speed healing and reduce your risk of numbness and tingling, follow these tips.
Work with a Trusted Plastic Surgeon
An experienced plastic surgeon will work conservatively to deliver beautiful cosmetic results in a safe and effective manner. Dr. Vishnu Rumalla is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Many of his patients are referred from past satisfied patients.
Massage Your Breast Daily
Daily breast massages stimulate breast nerves and promote healing. Massaging can also lower your risk of a painful complication called capsular contracture. A member of our plastic surgery team can provide you with recommended massaging techniques.
Follow Your Recovery Guidelines Closely
A healthy recovery promotes nerve healing. Following your surgery in Fort Worth, Dr. Rumalla will give you detailed recovery guidelines that should be followed closely. Resting as advised, taking medication as prescribed, and eating a nutritious diet can help you enjoy a full and healthy recovery that restores normal nerve function.
Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Today
If you have concerns about side effects following breast augmentation, Dr. Rumalla will describe the potential risks as well as and steps that he will take to minimize side effects like tingling and numbness. To schedule your breast augmentation, please contact our office online or call (817) 813-8307.