Glossary of breast enlargement related & medical terms

Glossary of breast enlargement related & medical terms
Breast Enlargement TermDefinition
AftercareThe patient care and treatment received after breast augmentation surgery.
Anatomical ImplantsThese 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.
AreolaThe pigmented or darker colored area of skin surrounding the nipple of the breast.
Areolar Vertical Approach (AVA) IncisionThe incision is the same as the periareolar but a more extended submuscular pocket is left for silicon gel implants.
AsymmetryA lack of proportion of shape, size and position on opposite sides of the body.
Auto-immune DiseaseA disease in which the body mounts an attack response to its own tissues or cell types.
BiopsyRemoval and examination of sample tissue for diagnosis.
Breast AugmentationSurgical enlargement of the breast by insertion of a breast implant or by addition of the patient's own tissue.
Breast EnhancerAn 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 EnhancementSee Breast Augmentation.
Breast EnlargementSee Breast Augmentation.
Breast Enlargement CreamsAlso 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 PillsThese are supplements which are taken orally and are claimed to increase the size of the breasts.
Breast Enlargement Suction PumpsThese 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 ReconstructionSurgical restoration of the natural breast contour and size following mastectomy, disease or trauma.
Capsular ContractureTightening of the body's fibrous tissue surrounding a breast implant which results in a firmer breast.
CapsulectomySurgical removal of the entire capsule surrounding a breast implant.
Closed CapsulotomyCompression (e.g. firm massage) on the outside of the breast to break the capsule and relieve contracture.
Contoured ImplantsSee anatomical implants.
HematomaA 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 InjectionsA 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 ResponseThe reaction of the body to foreign bodies or substances.
Implant DisplacementShifting of the breast implants from their original position.
Implant ExtrusionA 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 & RipplingRipples, folds, creases or ridges may appear on the breasts. This is typically caused by implants shrinking slightly with age.
Implant RuptureA 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.
InfectionAn attack on the body by a foreign body or substance.
Inframammary IncisionA surgical incision made below the breast where the breast meets the chest wall (i.e. at the inferior inframammary fold).
MammographyA breast screening technique using radiography (X-rays) to detect breast cancer.
MastectomySurgical removal of the breast.
OversSee Subglandular Implant Placement
Periareolar IncisionAn incision used for implant placement. The incision is made along the border of the areola.
ScarringScars left on the body through the incisions made in order to insert the breast implants.
Smooth ImplantsBreast implants with a smooth external surface.
MastopexyA 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.
NecrosisDeath of body tissue. Necrosis is usually caused by an insufficient blood supply, possibly through damage to blood vessesls or by an infection.
MammaplastyPlastic surgery of the breast.
Natural Breast EnhancementTo increase the breast size through non surgical measures e.g. supplements and creams.
Partial Submuscular Implant PlacementThe top two thirds of the breast implant is placed under the pectoralis (chest) muscle. The lower third is covered by breast tissue.
Partial UndersSee partial Submuscular Implant Placement.
PectoralisThe major muscle of the chest.
PtosisSagging of the breast usually due to normal ageing, pregnancy or weight loss.
Rice TestA simple test used to help asses how you might look and feel with various sized breast implants.
Round ImplantsBreast implants that are round in shape. See also Anatomical Implants.
SalineSodium chloride solution (salt water).
Saline ImplantsBreast implants filled with saline solution.
SeromaA build up of body fluid (plasma) in the breast tissue causing swelling.
SerratusMuscle located beneath the chest's pectoralis major and minor muscles and the rib cage.
Silicone ElastomerA 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 ImplantsBreast implants made from inert silicone.
Subglandular Implant PlacementPlacement of the breast implant behind the skin and breast tissue of the mammary gland but above of the pectoralis (chest) muscle.
Submuscular Implant PlacementPlacement of the breast implant under the pectoralis (chest) muscle with the lower part being placed under the serratus muscles and rectus abdominus fascia.
Surgical IncisionCut made in tissue for surgical purposes.
Transabdominoplasty (TABA) IncisionThe incision is made in the navel and the surgeon continues to cut upwards to the breast.
Transaxillary IncisionThe incision is made in the armpit and the surgeon continues to cut inwards towards to the breast.
Transumbilical (TUBA) IncisionThe 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.
UndersSee Submuscular Implant Placement.
UnilateralAffecting only either the left or the right breast.