Body contouring words to know

  • Areola: Pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
  • Arm lift: A surgical procedure, also known as brachioplasty, to correct sagging of the upper arms.
  • Breast implants: Medical device placed in your body to enhance an existing breast size or to reconstruct your breast. Breast implants can be filled with either salt water (saline) or silicone (elastic gel).
  • Breast lift: Also known as mastopexy, surgery to lift the breasts.
  • Breast contouring: A surgical procedure following massive weight loss to improve shape and tone and remove excess fat and skin.
  • Circumferential incision: A surgical incision around the body to remove the "belt" of excess skin and fat and additional incisions that may resemble a bikini bottom pattern.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
  • Lower body lift: Surgical procedure to correct sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, groin and outer thighs.
  • Macerated skin: Excess skin that hangs and becomes wet or infected underneath.
  • Medial thigh lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the inner thigh.
  • Outer thigh lift: A surgical procedure to correct sagging of the outer and mid-thigh.
  • Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.