It is possible to lose nipple sensation after breast augmentation. This loss is more commonly temporary, but there is a reported permanent sensory loss in up to 15% of women with breast implants. The nerve that provides nipple sensation runs along the chest wall as it approaches the side of the breast before it travels up into the breast to the nipple. In order to avoid injuring this nerve during the breast augmentation procedure, surgeons typically use blunt dissection techniques. However, it is still possible that the nerve can be severed and nipple sensation lost.