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Breast Implant Medical Terminology

Areola – The small darkened area around the nipple of the breast.

Antibiotics – Drugs that fight infections.

Benelli – Breast lift technique that is considered less invasive and was designed with the scars being around the areola. With the Benelli, a donut shaped piece of tissue around the areola border is removed and the surrounding tissue sutured to the areola. The incisions are normally closed with purse string sutures. Sometimes a little more tissue is removed above the areola (like the crescent) to compensate for a lifting effect when it is sutured.

Betadine – A popular tradename iodine-containing topical disinfectant agent.

Biopsies – Procedure that involves obtaining a tissue specimen for microscopic analysis to establish a precise diagnosis.

Cosmetics – Substances intended to be applied to the human body for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance without affecting the body’s structure or functions.

Lupus – A systemic disease that results from an autoimmune mechanism. Individuals with lupus will produce antibodies to their own body tissues. The resultant inflammation can cause kidney damage, arthritis, pericarditis and vasculitis.

Malignant – Cancerous: T ending to become progressively worse and could result in death.

Mastectomy – Surgical removal of all or part of a breast, sometimes including excision of the underlying pectoral muscles and regional lymph nodes, usually performed as a treatment for cancer.

Neuropathic breast pain – Chronic pain of the breasts resulting from injury to the nervous system.

Orthopedic – Concerned with the correction or prevention of skeletal deformities.

Paralysis – Loss or impairment of motor function in a part due to lesion of the neural or muscular mechanism, also by analogy, impairment of sensory function.

Postoperative – Following a surgical operation.

Rheumatologist – A medical doctor who specializes in medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis.

Saline implants – A silicone rubber shell that is inflated to the desired size with sterile saline. Most implants have a valve that can be sealed by the surgeon. These have the potential for adjustments.

Scar tissue – The connective tissue forming a scar and composed chiefly of fibroblasts in recent scars and largely of dense collagenous fibers in old scars.

Silicone implants – A silicone rubber shell that is filled with a fixed amount of silicone gel. Each implant has a patch that covers the manufacturing port of the implant. Silicone implants vary in shell surface (smooth/textured), shape, profile, volume, shell thickness, and number of shell lumens. Most silicone gel-filled implants are not adjustable.

Spinal cord stimulator – Medical procedure that involves the placement of a very small wire that is placed directly into the region adjacent to the spinal cord to stimulate special nerves that help to control pain.

Subcutaneous mastectomies – Surgical removal of the breast tissue but not the overlying skin (removing all the breast tissue and leaving the skin and nipple).

Sutures – Materials used in closing a surgical or traumatic wound (stitches, staples, etc).