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Breast Augmentation Words to Know

  • Areola — The pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
  • Augmentation mammaplasty — Scientific name for breast augmentation.
  • Breast augmentation — Surgical breast enlargement or breast enhancement.
  • Breast implants — Medical devices placed in your body to enhance breast size or reconstruct breasts. Breast implants fall into two categories: saline breast implants and silicone breast implants.
  • Capsular contracture — A complication 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 to help you relax.
  • Local anesthesia — Injection directly to the site of an incision to relieve pain.
  • Mammogram — An x-ray image of the breast.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) — A painless test to view tissue similar to an x-ray.
  • Mastectomy — The removal of breast tissue, typically to rid the body of cancer.
  • Periareolar 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.
  • Transaxillary incision — An incision made in the underarm area.
  • Transumbilical incision — An incision made at the upper rim of the navel.
  • Ultrasound — A diagnostic procedure that projects high frequency sound waves into the body and records the echoes as pictures.

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