Glossary of Terms

Breast augmentation – A surgical procedure to increase size and volume of breasts through insertion of saline or silicone implants.

Breast lift – A surgical procedure that raises position of the breasts while removing excess skin and tightening surrounding tissue.

Breast reconstruction– After a mastectomy or lumpectomy, the appearance, size, and shape of the breast(s) can be restored through multiple breast reconstruction techniques.

Breast reduction– A surgical procedure that removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to reduce the size of breasts.

Breast revision–  A surgical procedure that addresses and corrects changes that may occur from breast implants and/or  natural body changes (i.e. – childbirth, breastfeeding).

Capsular contracture– Fibrous scar tissue that can form around the implant which can cause the breasts to feel hard and implants to shift.

Gummy Bear Implant – Term that originated in Europe to describe the composition of a high strength cohesive silicone gel breast implant.

Gynecomastia – The medical term for enlarged breast tissue in males that can be removed through male breast reduction surgery.

Liposuction– Cosmetic procedure that removes stubborn body fat through suction using a cannula (small hollow tube).

Lumpectomy – Surgery that removes a portion of the breast to remove cancer and/or abnormal tissue.

Mastectomy– Surgery that removes entire breast(s) to treat or prevent breast cancer.

Mastopexy – Commonly known as breast lift surgery, this procedure raises breast position while removing excess skin and tissue.

Partial Mastectomy– Breast cancer surgery that removes more breast tissue than a lumpectomy but does not remove the entire breast mound.

Silicone Implant – Breast implant type composed of an outer silicone shell that is filled with silicone gel and used in breast augmentation and reconstruction procedures.

Telescopic Nipple Reduction – Involves removing a portion of skin and telescoping the nipple towards the chest, shortening it. Telescoping is designed to keep the nerves intact and avoid the loss of feeling or sensation in the nipple.












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