American Society of Plastic Surgeons
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4 years ago

Breast sensation

3 years after breast reduction, is it possible that the climbing sensation I feel in my breast

Is due to muscle or nerve damage during the procedure? Its in the breast where my nipple doesnt feel anything. Thanks

Procedure: Breast Reduction
Location: Beltsville, MD

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Susan Buenaventura
ASPS Surgeon
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I am not sure exactly what you mean by climbing sensation, but it's certainly possible that any alteration in sensation can be related to your previous surgery. Muscle damage is not likely as the surgery takes place in the skin, fat and breast tissue only. Any new change in your breast should be evaluated by your plastic surgeon or primary care. If any study is needed (ultrasound, mammogram, MRI) to look into this concern further, they can examine you and proceed accordingly. Remember that other conditions can develop in the breast that are unrelated to the surgery so be sure to get evaluated to make sure. Best wishes to you.

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Nelson Castillo

Thank you for sharing your question. If the climbing sensation occurred only after your reduction it is likely that the procedure resulted in some type of nerve injury. With any procedure of the breast the risk of nerve injury or nerve irritation exists which can lead to various sensations such as hypersensitivity, numbness, pins/needles, burning, etc. unfortunately if due to nerve injury, after three years it is unlikely to change. Talk to your surgeon, they can provide you the best information .

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