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Breast Augmentation Terminology & Definitions

  • Areola: The skin surrounding the nipple with differing pigmentation.
  • Augmentation Mammaplasty: Breast enhancement and enlargement or breast improvement by surgery.
  • Breast Augmentation: Referred to as augmentation mammaplasty as well; breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgical treatment.
  • Bust Implants: Medical gadgets put in your body to improve an existing bust size or to rebuild your bust. Breast implants fall under 2 categories: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.
  • Capsular Contracture: A problem of bust implant surgical treatment which occurs when mark cells that typically forms around the implant tightens and presses the implant and becomes company.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used throughout an operation to ease discomfort and alter consciousness.
  • Hematoma: Blood pooling below the skin.
  • Inframammary Incision: The incision created in the fold under the breast.
  • Intravenous Sedation: The sedatives administered with injection into a vein to assist you relax.
  • Local Anesthesia: A medicine injected directly to the spot of a cut throughout an operation to alleviate discomfort.
  • Mammogram: An x-ray photo of the breast.
  • Mastectomy: The removal of breast tissue, typically to clear the body of cancer cells.
  • MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging; a completely painless test to see tissue much like an x-ray.
  • Periareolar incision: A cut made at the edge of the areola.
  • Saline implants: Breast implants that are filled with salt water.
  • Silicone implants: the breast implants filled with an elastic gel.
  • Submammary or subglandular positioning: Breast implants placed directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle.
  • Submuscular or subpectoral positioning: the breast implants placed under the pectoral muscle, which is found in between the breast tissue and chest wall.
  • Sutures: Stitches utilized by cosmetic surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
  • Transaxillary cut: A cut made in the underarm area.
  • Ultrasound: A diagnostic treatment that projects high frequency sound waves into the body and records the echoes as images.

Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong