Glossary of breast enlargement related & medical terms

Glossary of breast enlargement related & medical terms
Breast Enlargement TermDefinition
Aftercare The patient care and treatment received after breast augmentation surgery.
Anatomical Implants These are teardrop shaped implants i.e. they are wider in profile at the bottom than they are at the top. They are intended to provide a more natural breast shape than a round implant.
Areola The pigmented or darker colored area of skin surrounding the nipple of the breast.
Areolar Vertical Approach (AVA) Incision The incision is the same as the periareolar but a more extended submuscular pocket is left for silicon gel implants.
Asymmetry A lack of proportion of shape, size and position on opposite sides of the body.
Auto-immune Disease A disease in which the body mounts an attack response to its own tissues or cell types.
Biopsy Removal and examination of sample tissue for diagnosis.
Breast Augmentation Surgical enlargement of the breast by insertion of a breast implant or by addition of the patient's own tissue.
Breast Enhancer An external device that appears to enhance cleavage or make the breasts look to be bigger. e.g. chicken fillets, padded bras, gel bras, push up bras.
Breast Enhancement See Breast Augmentation.
Breast Enlargement See Breast Augmentation.
Breast Enlargement Creams Also know as breast firming creams. These are creams that are rubbed onto the breasts and are claimed to increase the size of the breasts.
Breast Enlargement Pills These are supplements which are taken orally and are claimed to increase the size of the breasts.
Breast Enlargement Suction Pumps These are mechanical devices where are placed over the breasts forming and air tight seal. Air is sucked out via a pump to reduce the pressure over the breasts. This process is claimed to increase the breast size of some women who use it.
Breast Reconstruction Surgical restoration of the natural breast contour and size following mastectomy, disease or trauma.
Capsular Contracture Tightening of the body's fibrous tissue surrounding a breast implant which results in a firmer breast.
Capsulectomy Surgical removal of the entire capsule surrounding a breast implant.
Closed Capsulotomy Compression (e.g. firm massage) on the outside of the breast to break the capsule and relieve contracture.
Contoured Implants See anatomical implants.
Hematoma A swelling or mass of blood (usually clotted) confined to a localised area of the body such as an organ or bodily tissues. It is caused by a rupturing or a break in a blood vessel.
Hyaluronic Acid (Macrolane) Gel Injections A gel containing hyaluronic acid is injected into the breast tissue in order to increase the volume of the breast without surgery. It can be performed with a local anaesthetic and the effects last for around 9 to 12 months.
Immune Response The reaction of the body to foreign bodies or substances.
Implant Displacement Shifting of the breast implants from their original position.
Implant Extrusion A lump or bump on the breast caused by the implant not being positioned correctly or by the implant forcing its way through a weakness in the natural breast tissue or muscle.
Implant Ridges & Rippling Ripples, folds, creases or ridges may appear on the breasts. This is typically caused by implants shrinking slightly with age.
Implant Rupture A hole or tear appears in the breast implant shell. Depending upon the nature of the implant, the contents may or may not leak out into the breast tissue.
Infection An attack on the body by a foreign body or substance.
Inframammary Incision A surgical incision made below the breast where the breast meets the chest wall (i.e. at the inferior inframammary fold).
Mammography A breast screening technique using radiography (X-rays) to detect breast cancer.
Mastectomy Surgical removal of the breast.
Overs See Subglandular Implant Placement
Periareolar Incision An incision used for implant placement. The incision is made along the border of the areola.
Scarring Scars left on the body through the incisions made in order to insert the breast implants.
Smooth Implants Breast implants with a smooth external surface.
Mastopexy A breast uplift. Plastic surgery to move sagging or drooping breasts into a more superior (elevated) position. Mastopexy will result in scarring, typically an inverted 'T' shape plus scarring from replacing the nipples.
Necrosis Death of body tissue. Necrosis is usually caused by an insufficient blood supply, possibly through damage to blood vessesls or by an infection.
Mammaplasty Plastic surgery of the breast.
Natural Breast Enhancement To increase the breast size through non surgical measures e.g. supplements and creams.
Partial Submuscular Implant Placement The top two thirds of the breast implant is placed under the pectoralis (chest) muscle. The lower third is covered by breast tissue.
Partial Unders See partial Submuscular Implant Placement.
Pectoralis The major muscle of the chest.
Ptosis Sagging of the breast usually due to normal ageing, pregnancy or weight loss.
Rice Test A simple test used to help asses how you might look and feel with various sized breast implants.
Round Implants Breast implants that are round in shape. See also Anatomical Implants.
Saline Sodium chloride solution (salt water).
Saline Implants Breast implants filled with saline solution.
Seroma A build up of body fluid (plasma) in the breast tissue causing swelling.
Serratus Muscle located beneath the chest's pectoralis major and minor muscles and the rib cage.
Silicone Elastomer A type of silicone that has elastic properties similar to rubber. A silicone elastomer shell is often used to cover both saline implants and silicone implants.
Silicone Implants Breast implants made from inert silicone.
Subglandular Implant Placement Placement of the breast implant behind the skin and breast tissue of the mammary gland but above of the pectoralis (chest) muscle.
Submuscular Implant Placement Placement of the breast implant under the pectoralis (chest) muscle with the lower part being placed under the serratus muscles and rectus abdominus fascia.
Surgical Incision Cut made in tissue for surgical purposes.
Transabdominoplasty (TABA) Incision The incision is made in the navel and the surgeon continues to cut upwards to the breast.
Transaxillary Incision The incision is made in the armpit and the surgeon continues to cut inwards towards to the breast.
Transumbilical (TUBA) Incision The incision is made in the navel and the surgeon continues to cut upwards towards to the breast. Similar to TABA but TUBA is a less used incision type.
Unders See Submuscular Implant Placement.
Unilateral Affecting only either the left or the right breast.