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How is numbness in breast aesthetics?

Numbness is a condition that is expected to occur in breast aesthetic operations at first. However, the risk of a complete loss of sensation in all operations is low. If there is no special health condition that requires the removal of the breast or nipple, it is not expected to experience a complete loss of sensation.

Especially during breast augmentation operations with breast implants, loss of sensation occurs at first. It is expected to recover and come back in an average of 3 months. However, there are other factors that affect the risk of sensation loss. These factors are caused by the fact that the nerves that control sensation in the nipple do not progress in the same way in each breast.

Anatomically, the nipple sensation is connected to a nerve between the ribs. This nerve usually passes through the fourth rib. It gradually becomes superficial, coming deeply up to a certain point, and merges with the nipple through the breast tissue.

But this nerve is connected to the nipple from the edge in some breast types, even starting to become superficial in the area near the armpit line. The risk of loss of sensation in this type of breasts is much lower.

In some breast types, however, this nerve does not progress superficially. It comes from behind the muscle to the middle of the breasts and proceeds through the muscle, following a deeply steep path to reach the nipple. Since it is not possible to detect this, the risk of encountering and damaging this nerve becomes quite high when placing the breast implant. It is not possible to notice it because there is no structure that can be detected during surgery. This group is the one with the highest risk of breast sensation loss.

The risk of loss of sensation during breast augmentation and reduction operations

The risk of loss of sensation after breast aesthetics varies depending on the type of operation performed. The risk of loss of sensation during breast operations can be evaluated in two groups as breast reduction and breast augmentation.

In BETWEEN, breast augmentation aesthetics performed using a breast implant, regardless of the placement of a muscle, there is a nerve that provides sensation to the nipple, although there is a low risk of touching and damaging it if it is moving upright. Unfortunately, the possibility of determining this in advance is unfortunately not possible.

According to the technique used in breast reduction aesthetics, a decrease in nipple sensation is an expected condition, albeit for a certain period of time. With various techniques, the nipple sensation can be maintained between 50-90 percent. No matter which technique is used, a certain amount of sensation reduction is expected during breast reduction surgeries. However, complete loss of sensation is an unexpected condition except for very special cases and cases.

If the correct technique is used in breast aesthetic operations, complete loss of sensation does not occur. Most patients continue their lives satisfied with the nipple sensation. Regular controls should be provided to fully monitor sensation gain.

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Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist



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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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