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
AbdominoplastySee Full Abdominoplasty.
AftercareThe patient care and treatment received after abdominoplasty surgery.
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.
Belt LipectomySee Circumferential Abdominoplasty.
BiopsyRemoval and examination of sample tissue for diagnosis.
Brazilian Tummy TuckSomewhere 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 AbdominoplastyFull abdominoplasty with an upper thigh lift and also a buttock lift.
Extended AbdominoplastyFull abdominoplasty plus an upper thigh lift (thighplasty).
Full AbdominoplastySurgical removal of excess fat and skin in the lower and mid abdomen.
HematomaA 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 AbdominoplastyAbdominoplasty where the abdominal muscles are tightened both vertically and horizontally.
Immune ResponseThe reaction of the body to foreign bodies or substances.
InfectionAn attack on the body by a foreign body or substance.
LiposuctionRemoval of fat through mechanincal suction.
Mini Tummy TuckSee Partial Abdominoplasty.
NecrosisDeath of body tissue. Typically caused by infection or insufficient blood supply.
Partial AbdominoplastySurgical removal of excess fat and skin in the lower abdomen.
ScarringScars left on the body through the incisions made in order to perform abdominoplasty, in particular in the removal of excess skin.
SeromaA build up of body fluid (plasma) in the body tissues causing swelling.
Surgical IncisionCut made in tissue for surgical purposes.
Transabdominoplasty (TABA) IncisionAn 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) IncisionAn 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 TuckSee Full Abdominoplasty.
UmbilicusBelly button stalk.