Augmentation mammaplasty terms to know
- Areola: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
- Augmentation mammaplasty:
Breast enlargement or breast enhancement by surgery.
- Breast Augmentation:
Also known as augmentation mammaplasty; breast enlargement or breast enhancement
- Breast Implants: Medical devices placed in your body to enhance
an existing breast size or to reconstruct your breast. Breast implants fall into
two categories: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.
- Capsular contracture: A complication of breast implant surgery which occurs
when scar tissue that normally forms around the implant tightens and squeezes
the implant and becomes firm.
- General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used
during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
- Hematoma: Blood
pooling beneath the skin.
- Inframammary incision: An incision made in the
fold under the breast.
- Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by
injection into a vein to help you relax.
- Local anesthesia: A drug injected
directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
- Mammogram: An x-ray image of the breast.
- Mastectomy: The removal of breast
tissue, typically to rid the body of cancer.
- MRI: Magnetic Resonance
Imaging; a painless test to view tissue similar to an x-ray.
incision: An incision made at the edge of the areola.
- Saline implants:
Breast implants filled with salt water.
- Silicone implants: Breast implants
filled with an elastic gel.
- Submammary or subglandular placement: Breast
implants placed directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle.
- Submuscular or subpectoral placement: Breast implants placed under the pectoral
muscle, which is located between the breast tissue and chest wall.
Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
incision: An incision made in the underarm area.
- Ultrasound: A diagnostic
procedure that projects high frequency sound waves into the body and records the
echoes as pictures.