Reduction in sensitivity after mammoplasty is a problem that concerns the majority of patients who have already undergone surgery and those who are just preparing for breast correction. Of course, it is better to ask in advance your plastic surgeon about potential complications. After all, mammoplasty belongs to the category of complex operations. The procedure involves the complete incision of all layers of the mammary glands. The surgeon passes through the nerve terminals and the smallest vessels, which can cause complete or partial numb feeling. According to statistical data, its termless action is peculiar only to 4% of women, in rest of the cases the rehabilitation after breast augmentation or lifting takes from several months to 1 year.
Each of us has the fourth intercostal nerve along the single line with the axillary cavity. Being divided into 2 original branches, it passes through the entire circumference and enters the breast tissue, regulating its sensitivity. Transsection or any other mechanical effect on this nerve (including by an implant) is unacceptable. Otherwise, the sensitivity of this area after breast augmentation may be reduced or completely lost. If however, such a complication could not be avoided after the correction, the patient must undergo a series of manipulations in order to restore that sensitivity of the skin that she had previously.
Plastic surgeons say that during the year after mammoplasty, a patient can count on a full recovery. Although, not all but just a few need such a long period. As a rule, it is enough to wait 1-2 weeks, sometimes - 6 months after the correction and the problem will be solved by itself.
You should not be afraid of numb feeling in the breast enlarged by implants during the postoperative period. It is peculiar to 80% of patients in the first weeks after the mammoplasty procedure. It is impossible to prevent a temporary loss of sensitivity, but today surgeons can determine the level of risk for a client by the following criteria:
During the early postoperative period, it is important to carry out manipulations aimed at the removal of perineural edema. Only in this way you can relieve pressure from the nerve and restore the sensitivity of the areola. In order to speed up the process, it is necessary to strictly observe all prescriptions of your plastic surgeon, use gels for external use, the action of which is aimed at the removal of edema after implant installation, constantly wear compression garments and take anti-inflammatory drugs.
If, after mammoplasty, several months have passed, and the numb feeling of the skin remains, then it is necessary to start taking antioxidants, preparations stimulating the activity of nerve fibers and group B medications. Such therapy is aimed at facilitating impulse conduction. If these measures did not help solve the problem as well, you should apply for physiotherapy. You can undergo a course of attenuated massages, acupuncture, infrared radiation, and electrotherapy.