Plastic Surgery Glossary
Definition of Abdominoplasty
Definition of abscess
Definition of actinic keratosis
Definition of areola
What does it mean to have ambiguous genitalia? Read all about it here.
Definition of Biocompatible
Definition of Blepharoplasty
Definition of Botox
A concise definition of bottom surgery for sex reassignment.
What Is Bottoming Out
Definition of Brachioplasty
Learn the definition of cannula and how it is used during cosmetic body contouring liposuction surgery.
Definition of Capsular Contracture
Definition of Capsule
The most common complication of breast augmentation is capsular contracture. One of the ways to fix the problem is capsulectomy.
Complications following breast augmentation sometimes require breast revision surgery. One common complication, capsular contracture, is sometimes improved with a procedure called capsulotomy.
A concise definition of the term cautery.
CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Laser
Definition of the Co2 Carbon Dioxide laser
Definition of Contraindication
Definition of Corrugator Myectomy
Definition of dermabrasion
Definition of Dermatography
The dermis is where wrinkles start, so let's learn more about what the dermis is and what it does for your skin.
Definition of deviated septum
Definition of deviated septum
Definition of Diastasis Recti
Definition of diode laser
What Is Double Bubble
Definition of Edema
Your doctor may say that she'll be using an endoscope during your surgery. Learn the definition of an endoscope.
Definition of Endoscopic
The epidermis is the human body's first line of defense against the environment.
Definition of Erbium YAG
Definition of Erythema
Facial Feminization Surgery
A concise definition of facial feminization surgery.
A concise definition of female-to-male in sex reassignment surgery.
What are fibroblasts and what do they have to do with the structure and support of the skin?
Fractional Laser (Fraxel)
Definition of fractional laser - Fraxel
A concise definition of gender dysphoria, a symptom identified in transgendered individuals.
Gender Identity Disorder
A concise definition of gender identity disorder.
Gender Reassignment Surgery
A concise definition of gender reassignment surgery
When talking to your doctor about a surgery you need, she may tell you that you'll require general anesthesia. What is general anesthesia? Learn the definition.
Learn about the definition, characteristics, cause, and treatment of granuloma.
Granulomatous Cheilitis-Definition of Granulomatous cheilitis
Definition of Gynecomastia
Definition of hemangioma
Definition of Hematoma
What is a hermaphrodite? Is it an offensive word to use? Read all about it here.
A concise definition of hormone therapy for sex reassignment surgery.
Definition of Hyperpigmentation
Definition of Hypertrophic Scar
What is the hypodermis? You've probably heard of the top two layers of skin, the dermis and the epidermis, but many people have never heard of the layer of connective tissue and fat known as the hypodermis.
Definition of hypopigmentation
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Definition of IPL
When you get a surgical procedure done, you may require intravenous sedation (IV sedation). What does IV sedation entail? Learn the definition.
A concise definition of intersex.
Get an explanation of the term ischium.
Definition of Keloid
Definition of LED
A concise definition of lip lift, a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure.
Lipoatrophy is a generally undesirable cosmetic condition which can be treated with injection of dermal fillers. Learn more about the definition of lipoatrophy.
Definition of lipodissolve
Definition of Local Anesthesia
A concise definition of male-to-female in sex reassignment surgery.
Definition of Malrotation
Definition of marionette lines
Definition of mastopexy
Medpor is a material used in facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Learn the definition of Medpor.
Definition of melasma.
What is Mentoplasty? Learn the definition of Mentoplasty.
Definition of mesotherapy
Definition of Micropigmentation
Mohs Surgery Definition
Your dermatologist may recommend Mohs surgery if you are diagnosed with skin cancer, especially if the skin cancer is located on a prominent area like the face. What is Mohs surgery? Learn the definition of Mohs surgery.
Definition of Nasolabial Fold
Definition of Nd YAG
Definition of necrosis
Definition of Otoplasty
When is a tummy tuck more than a tummy tuck? When it's the post-bariatric surgery called a panniculectomy.
Definition of pectus excavatum
Port Wine Stain
Definition of port wine stain.
Concise definition of pressure ulcer.
Definition of Ptosis
Pulsed Dye Laser
Definition of pulsed dye laser.
Q-Switched Laser Definition
What is a Q-switched laser and how can it help you look better? Learn the definition of Q-switched laser and how it has advanced the world of cosmetic laser procedures.
Definition of quill threads
A definition of real-life experience as related to transgenderism.
Definition of reconstructive Surgery
Definition of Rhytid
Definition of Rhytidectomy
A concise definition of the term gender.
Definition of rosacea.
To improve the appearance of a scar, scar revision by a plastic surgeon may be the answer.
Definition of scar tissue
A concise definition of chondrolaryngoplasty for sex reassignment.
A concise definition of transsexual.
Selective Photothermolysis Definition
Selective photothermolysis is the key to success in laser tattoo removal and other cosmetic laser procedures. In fact, it's one of the main reasons today's technological advances in plastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology are possible. Learn what selective photothermolysis is and how it works.
A concise definition of sex (female or male).
Sex Reassignment Surgery
A concise definition of sex reassignment surgery.
Definition of smart lipo, a cosmetic procedure
SMAS is a term used often when discussing face lift techniques. Learn what the SMAS is and why it's important if you are considering having face lift surgery.
Definition of spider nevus.
Learn what a steri-strip is and how to use it.
Definition of Sutures
Ever heard the terms unaboob or breadloafing in relation to breast implants? That's symmastia. Learn more about this undesirable potential result of breast implant surgery.
Definition of thermage, a cosmetic procedure
Definition of Tissue Glue
A concise definition of top surgery for sex reassignment.
Topical Anesthetic Definition
What is a topical anesthetic? Well, if you're considering any sort of non-invasive or minimally invasive procedure, you are probably going to want to know a little something about what they are and how they work.
A concise definition of transgender.
A definition about what it means to "transition" for transgendered individuals.
Trigonocephaly is a congenital developmental defect which may at some point require craniofacial reconstructive surgery.
Definition of tumescent liposuction
What is wetting solution? Is it different from tumescent solution for liposuction? Find out here.
What are venous ulcers? (also called varicose ulcers or stasis leg ulcers)
Voice Change Surgery
A concise definition of voice change surgery in transsexual individuals.
Concise definition of xiphoid process.