Glossary of tummy tuck related medical terms

Glossary of tummy tuck related medical terms

A glossary of all the common medical terms used in tummy tuck explained. If you learn the jargon for the related medical terms you'll be able to easily take part in Cosmeticcompare.com tummy tuck forums. You'll also be able to communicate effectively with the surgeon and also the medical staff at your consultation.

Medical TermDefinition
Abdominoplasty See Full Abdominoplasty.
Aftercare The patient care and treatment received after abdominoplasty surgery.
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.
Belt Lipectomy See Circumferential Abdominoplasty.
Biopsy Removal and examination of sample tissue for diagnosis.
Brazilian Tummy Tuck Somewhere a cross between a mini tummy tuck and full abdominoplasty. It involves less skin undermining in the mid to upper abdomen in favour of increased liposuction.
Circumferential Abdominoplasty Full abdominoplasty with an upper thigh lift and also a buttock lift.
Extended Abdominoplasty Full abdominoplasty plus an upper thigh lift (thighplasty).
Full Abdominoplasty Surgical removal of excess fat and skin in the lower and mid abdomen.
Hematoma A swelling or mass of blood (usually clotted) confined to an organ, tissue, or space and caused by a break in a blood vessel.
High Lateral Tension Abdominoplasty Abdominoplasty where the abdominal muscles are tightened both vertically and horizontally.
Immune Response The reaction of the body to foreign bodies or substances.
Infection An attack on the body by a foreign body or substance.
Liposuction Removal of fat through mechanincal suction.
Mini Tummy Tuck See Partial Abdominoplasty.
Necrosis Death of body tissue. Typically caused by infection or insufficient blood supply.
Partial Abdominoplasty Surgical removal of excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen.
Scarring Scars left on the body through the incisions made in order to perform abdominoplasty, in particular in the removal of excess skin.
Seroma A build up of body fluid (plasma) in the body tissues causing swelling.
Surgical Incision Cut made in tissue for surgical purposes.
Transabdominoplasty (TABA) Incision An incision type that may be used when performing abdominoplasty and breast augmentation at the same time. The incision is made in the navel and the surgeon continues to cut upwards to the breast.
Transumbilical (TUBA) Incision An incision type that may be used when performing abdominoplasty and breast augmentation at the same time. A less common technique where the incision is made in the navel and the surgeon continues to cut upwards to the breast. Similar to the TABA incision.
Tummy Tuck See Full Abdominoplasty.
Umbilicus Belly button stalk.