Nerve Regeneration After Breast Reduction

Nerve Regeneration After Breast Reduction

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Oversized, saggy, and hanging breasts can cause physical and emotional challenges for women and affect their quality of life. Large breasts prevent women from showcasing their feminine beauty, finding the clothing fit, and enjoying a happier life. 

There are numerous reasons to undergo breast reduction surgery in Miami. For instance, it helps you stay active, improves your aesthetic appearance, increases self-confidence, relieves nipple insensitivity, reduces upper back and shoulder pain, and alleviates rashes, chafing, and infections. 

Women opting for this procedure seek relief from discomfort and pain caused by the excessive weight of breasts. So, breast reduction surgery can resolve issues like back and neck pain and chafe while improving your breasts’ size and shape. Breast reduction surgery outcomes depend on the surgeon’s skills and postoperative care. 

When you undergo this procedure performed by an amateur surgeon and fail to follow the postoperative care instructions, you will suffer from various problems, such as increased pain, infections, fluid accumulation, blood clotting, and nerve damage. Read on! 

How long does it take for nerves to regenerate after breast surgery?

Damaged nerves reconnect, and ducts make new connections to nipples after the breast reduction surgery. Nipples become more sensitive, and breasts’ ability to produce more milk improves. 

If you have undergone breast reduction surgery performed by a qualified and board-certified surgeon, the chances are that your nerves will regenerate at a rate of one inch per month. Your nerves will regenerate between six and twelve months following the surgery. 

However, recovery time depends on various factors, including the distance nerves need to cover. Postoperative care is essential to streamline the entire process and ensure your nerves regenerate efficiently and quickly without issues. 

How to stimulate nerve regeneration after breast reduction surgery?

Regeneration time depends on various factors, including the type and severity of the injury. For example, if you have bruised or traumatized nerves but they are not cut, it will take at least twelve to fifteen weeks to regenerate. 

Research studies show that cut nerves grow at one millimeter per day after four to eight weeks following the surgery. Some women experience improvement in the following months. 

There are numerous ways to stimulate nerve regeneration following breast reduction surgery. For example, a massage can reduce the effects of injury by reducing compression and triggering cellular mechanisms for the repair process. 

In addition, massage relieves compressed nerves, and repairs damaged tissues to reduce negative sensations, such as numbness, needles, and pins to improve sensation. Moreover, leafy green vegetables can stimulate nerve regeneration. 

Experts recommend consuming spinach, broccoli, and asparagus to relieve nerve damage and improve function. These leafy green veggies contain Vitamin B, an essential nutrient that regenerates nerves and improves their functions. 

Similarly, these veggies contain alpha-lipoic, a micronutrient that prevents further damage to the nerves. Electrical stimulation is another method to accelerate nerve regeneration after breast reduction surgery. It enhances early regenerative phases 

A growing body of research evidence shows that gene therapy can speed up the recovery process after nerve damage caused by breast reduction surgery. Combining gene therapy with surgical repair procedures streamlines nerve fibers regeneration. 

What does nerve pain feel like after breast reduction?

It is normal to experience burning, tingling, numbness, and sharp shooting pains during the recovery period. Sometimes, these sensations or discomforts last for weeks or months after the procedure. 

Nerve pain feels like a stabbing, shooting, and burning sensation. Sometimes, women experience a sharp and sudden electric shock. So, if you have damaged nerves, you will feel severe pain in your breasts. 

In addition, women with nerve pain have breasts sensitive to touch and cold, loss of nipple sensation, numbness of breast skin, and tingling or numbness near incisions. It is crucial to consult your health provider and seek treatment. 

What to do Next?

Many women experience changes in breasts sensation following the reduction surgery. Nipple sensation usually travels through nerves to the rib section. Nerve damage can also affect breasts’ muscles and glands. 

However, when you choose a board-certified surgeon for breast augmentation, the chances of nerve damage are significantly reduced. Call our Miami Plastic Surgery Clinic for information between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. We will happily assist you! 

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

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Dr. John E. Nees, MD specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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