It is much easier to make a major life-altering decision when you have all of the facts. But what good are the facts if you cannot understand the language? Many women considering breast augmentation surgery get caught in a whirl of terminology, muddling their ability to move forward. Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery does not want this to happen to you. Before moving blindly ahead – or giving up altogether – with your ideas for implants, get familiar with the most common language of breast augmentation.
Breast Augmentation Words to Know:
- Areola: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
- Mammoplasty: Breast enlargement surgery.
- Breast Augmentation: Breast enlargement or breast enhancement using implants.
- Breast Implants: A medical device, filled with either saline or silicone, placed in your body to enhance the existing breast size or shape.
- Capsular contracture: A complication of breast augmentation, occurring when scar tissue that normally forms around the implant, tightening the implant. The breast then becomes firm and painful.
- General anesthesia: Drugs utilized during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
- Hematoma: A pooling of blood below the skin.
- Inframammary Incision: An incision made laterally across the fold under the breast.
- Intravenous Sedation: A sedative administered through an injection into a vein; designed to help patients relax during a surgical procedure.
- Local Anesthesia: An anesthetic directly injected at the site of an incision, numbing the area and relieving pain.
- Mammogram: An x-ray image of the breast.
- Mastectomy: The removal of some or all breast tissue.
- Periareola Incision: A circular cut placed around the edges of the areola (nipple).
- Saline Implants: Breast implants filled with salt water.
- Silicone Implants: Breast implants filled with a silicone gel.
- Subglandular Placement: Breast implants placed behind the breast tissue, but over the pectoral muscle.
- Submuscular Placement: Breast implants placed under the pectoral muscle.
- Sutures: Stitches utilized to hold skin and tissue together for proper healing.
- Transaxillary Incision: An incision made in the armpit area.
Have you been wondering if a breast augmentation could be right for your aesthetic needs? This decision is best made with the help of a Board Certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Paul Vitenas has close to 25 years of experience with breast augmentation, breast lifts, and breast reductions. Contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery to set up a consultation with Dr. Vitenas by calling (281) 407-7428 today.