What Is The Risk Of Loss Of Nipple Sensation After Breast Augmentation?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I reviewed some of your work and like what I see. Does breast augmentation affect nipple sensitivity or the ability to be erect? Where are the scars located? What is average cost of the procedure?

A: The potential influence of breast augmentation on nipple sensation and erection is always a possibility in this surgery but the incidence of it occurring is very low. Various studies have shown that the incidence is around 1% to 3% regardless of the differing incisions used for implant insertion. (under the breast, the nipple or the armpit) The choice of incision location is somewhat dependent on what type of breast implant is chosen. (saline vs. silicone) Silicone implants can now be placed through the armpit using a funnel insertion device but there are size limitations which are usually less than 400cc to 450ccs in implant volume. Any size saline implant can be placed through the armpit since they are inflated after they are put in place. The cost of breast augmentation is affected by the implant type with saline breast augmentation being less costly than that of silicone breast augmentation.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana