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My Plastic Surgeon USA Glossary of Plastic Surgery Terms

Glossary of Plastic Surgery Terms

Abdominoplasty - also known as a "tummy tuck," abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. Abdominal muscles may also be tightened during this procedure, which is performed to create a flatter, firmer stomach.

Arm Lift - Also called a brachioplasty, an arm lift is a plastic surgery treatment that removes excess skin from the arm area.

Augmentation Mammaplasty - a surgical procedure performed in order to increase the size and/or alter the shape of a woman's breasts through the use of breast implants.

Blepharoplasty - a cosmetic eye surgery procedure performed to reduce the appearance of droopy, tired, or baggy eyes. Blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid, or both.

Body Lift - A cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess skin that typically results from weight loss, aging, and pregnancy.

BOTOX® - a cosmetic product make of Botulinum Toxin Type A. Botox is injected into facial muscles, causing the muscles to relax and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Brachioplasty - a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat from the upper arm.

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Breast Augmentation - a surgical procedure performed in order to increase the size and/or alter the shape of a woman's breasts through the use of breast implants.

Breast Enhancement - a surgical procedure performed in order to increase the size and/or alter the shape of a woman's breasts through the use of breast implants.

Breast Enlargement - a surgical procedure performed in order to increase the size of a woman's breasts through the use of breast implants.

Breast Implant Revision - a surgical procedure involving the removal and replacement of a breast implant to correct complications that may have occurred after breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgery.

Breast Implants - silicone rubber shells filled with either silicone gel or saline solution. These implants are used to enlarge and/or alter the shape of the breasts.

Breast Lift - also known as mastopexy, this is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to lift and reshape sagging breasts.

Breast Reconstruction - a surgical procedure designed to reconstruct a woman's breast after mastectomy (the removal of the breast in order to treat breast cancer).

Breast Reduction - also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce the size of the breasts by removing fat, tissue, and skin.

Brow Lift - a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to raise sagging eyebrows and/or smooth forehead wrinkles.

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Calf Augmentation/Implants - the surgical insertion of an implant into the calf, enlarging and/or enhancing the shape of the muscle.

Cellulite - usually found on the thighs or buttocks, cellullite fat deposits give the skin a dimpled surface.

Cheek Implants - implants made out of silicone or some other material and designed to enhance cheek contours.

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Chemical Peel - a cosmetic procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the face. The chemicals remove the top layers of skin, revealing the younger, smoother skin underneath.

Chin Augmentation - a cosmetic surgery procedure in which an implant is placed in the chin to improve facial contours.

Chin Implant - an implant made of silicone or some other material, designed to augment the chin.

Collagen - a fibrous protein contained in connective tissue. Collagen becomes gelatinous when boiled.

Collagen Injections - bovine collagen can be injected into the face to thicken lips or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The effects are temporary, as most of the collagen is eventually absorbed by the body.

Dermal Fillers - Dermal fillers are substances that are injected just below the surface of the skin to fill in lines, wrinkles, and scars.

DSL Laser Hair Removal - a new treatment design to remove and prevent further growth of hair by using a laser to deactivate hair follicles.

Ear Pinning Surgery - also known as otoplasty, ear pinning is a common surgical procedure performed to set the ears back closer to the side of the head.

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Endoscopic Brow Lift - a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to raise sagging eyebrows and/or smooth forehead wrinkles.

Face Lift - also called rhytidectomy, facelift is a plastic surgery procedure used to remove facial wrinkles, sagging skin, fat deposits, or other visible signs of aging for cosmetic purposes.

Facial Implants - implants made out of silicone or some other material, designed to enhance facial contours.

Fat Injections - use of one's own fat to thicken lips or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The effects can be temporary, as fat can be reabsorbed by the body.

Flap Surgery - a form of breast reconstruction surgery that uses transplanted skin to create a pocket for a breast implant.

Forehead Lift - a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to raise sagging eyebrows and/or smooth forehead wrinkles.

FotoFacial™ - a 30 -minute procedure involving a machine that emits intense pulses of light to penetrate all layers of the skin. Used to treat redness caused by acne and other factors, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Gynecomastia - an abnormal enlargement of the breasts in males. Gynecomastia can be treated with male breast reduction surgery.

Hylaform® - a clear, colorless gel synthesized from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the human body. Hylaform® injections are used to fill in wrinkles for smoother and younger looking skin.

Incision - a cut into a body tissue or organ, especially one made during surgery.

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IPL™ Photofacial/Fotofacial - a 30 -minute procedure involving a machine that emits intense pulses of light to penetrate all layers of the skin. Used to treat redness caused by acne and other factors, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.

Labiaplasty - Labiaplasty is a surgical procedure that will reduce and/or reshape the labia minora (the skin that covers the female clitoris and vaginal opening).

Laser Hair Removal - a new treatment design to remove and prevent further growth of hair by using a laser to deactivate hair follicles.

Laser Skin Tightening - a minimally invasive, nonsurgical process that uses an infrared light source (a laser) to tighten the skin.

Laser Skin Resurfacing - this cosmetic procedure involves the use of a laser to remove the top layers of skin, revealing the smoother, younger -looking skin underneath.

Lip Augmentation - a general term that encompasses a number of cosmetic procedures, from implants to injections, all of which are designed to give the lips a fuller, more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

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Lipodissolve™ - involves injections of mild medications into areas with unwanted fat. The injections cause the fat to dissolve and are naturally flushed out of the system.

Lipoplasty - also called liposuction, lipoplasty refers to the surgical removal of fatty deposits using a suction device.

Liposculpture - a cosmetic surgery procedure in which fat is transplanted from one spot on the body to another. This procedure allows the surgeon to "sculpt" new body contours.

Liposuction - also called lipoplasty, liposuction refers to the surgical removal of fatty deposits using a suction device.

Male Breast Reduction - also called gynecomatsia, is a surgery used to correct male breast enlargement. Surgical options include liposuction, excision, or a combination of both.

Mammaplasty - a general term for altering the size and/or shape of the breasts.

Mastectomy - the removal of a woman's breast in order to treat breast cancer.

Mastopexy - also known as a breast lift, mastopexy is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to raise and reshape sagging breasts.

Mentoplasty - a cosmetic surgery procedure in which the shape of the chin is altered to improve facial contours.

NeckLift - a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to remove excess skin and fat from the neck - resulting in a tighter, younger appearance.

Nipple Reduction - Surgically reducing the size of one's nipple. A Nippole reduction could be a reduction in length, a reduction in width, or both.

Nose Job - also called "rhinoplasty" a plastic surgery procedure performed to alter the shape and/or size of one's nose.

Obagi - a leading provider of facial products and skin care treatments. The product line includes Obagi Advanced Skin Care Systems, Obagi Nu Derm® System, and Obagi Blue Peel®.

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Otoplasty - also known as ear pinning, otoplasty is a common surgical procedure performed to set the ears back closer to the side of the head.

Pec Implants - Implants inserted into the pectoral area to give the appearance of a muscular chest.

Perlane® - an injectable cosmetic filler that consists of hyaluronic acid gel that helps reduce wrinkles, folds, and crow's feet.

Polaris (WRA) - A non -invasive laser procedure used for the treatment of wrinkles.

Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) - A type of liposuction used for body sculpting and contouring. It is a much gentler technique than traditional liposuction, resulting in less trauma and a quicker recovery.

Ptosis - sagging. Breast ptosis is usually the result of normal aging and the pull of gravity or changes caused by pregnancy or weight loss.

Radiesse™ - formerly known as Radiance™, Radiesse™ is an injectable filler used to reduce the appearance of facial lines, wrinkles, folds, scars, and chin dimples.

Refirme™ - A non -invasive procedure used to tighten and firm skin on the face neck and other areas via wrinkle reduction.

Restylane® Injections - a relatively new type of wrinkle -smoothing facial injection, Restylane® is a brand name for hyaluronic acid, which can be injected like collagen and reportedly lasts longer.

Rhinoplasty - more commonly known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure performed to alter the shape and/or size of one's nose.

Rhytidectomy - also called facelift, rhytidectomy is a plastic surgery procedure used to remove facial wrinkles, sagging skin, fat deposits, or other visible signs of aging for cosmetic purposes.

Rosacea - a skin condition that results in redness around the cheek and nose area.

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Saline Implants - silicone rubber shells filled with saline solution. These implants are used to enlarge and/or alter the shape of the breasts. The benefit of saline implants is that saline solution is easily reabsorbed by the body if they leak.

Sclerotherapy - a procedure performed to reduce or eliminate spider veins and/or varicose veins in the legs. This treatment involves injections of a chemical solution into the veins.

Sculptra® - an injectable polylactic acid formula used to treat facial wasting, especially in HIV/AIDS patients. Scupltra® can be used to enhance facial volume and restore a more natural and youthful look.

Silicone Implants - silicone shells filled with silicone gel. These implants are used to enlarge and/or alter the shape of the breasts.

SkinCeuticals - skin care products that provide the fundamental elements of a skin care regime: prevention, protection, and correction.

Skin Expansion - the use of a balloon expander to create a pocket for a breast implant in breast reconstruction surgery.

Suture - closure of an incision or wound with stitches.

Symmastia - when two breast implants rub up against one another, over the top of the breastbone.

Thermage® - involves the use of a heated laser that causes the patient's collagen to tighten and melts unwanted fat away.

Thigh Lift/Thighplasty - A plastic surgery procedure used to remove excess skin and fat from the thigh area.

Thread Face Lift - thin threads are insterted into the face through small incisions. The threads attach to the tissue of the skin and then are pulled back to lift and smooth the face.

Topical Solution - solution to be applied to the skin (or scalp). Some topical solutions used to treat hair loss contain minoxidil, an agent purported to regrow hair.

Tummy Tuck - also known as abdominoplasty, tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat and skin from the abdominal area. Abdominal muscles may also be tightened during this procedure, which is performed to create a flatter, firmer stomach.

Vein Therapy - therapy to treat unsightly spider veins and/or varicose veins. Methods include sclerotherapy, lasers, and surgery. The form of therapy used depends on the size, severity, and location of the site to be treated.

VelaSmooth - A non -invasive procedure to improve the appearance of cellulite. Contouring of unwanted bulges and dispropotionate fatty areas is also noted to be a benifit of Velasmooth treatments.

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