Header: Credit: Shutterstock You have been thinking about cosmetic surgery for a while and you are at the research stage and have become baffled by the abbreviated words or terms you have never come across until now. Well hopefully the MYA dictionary will help to shed some light and make researching cosmetic surgery that little bit easier:


Abdominoplasty – Also known as a Tummy tuck, a cosmetic surgery procedure involving the removal of excess flesh from the abdomen (stomach) Augmentation - The action or process of making or becoming greater in size or amount Anchor Scar- The most common type of scar for an uplift or reduction procedure the scare will follow the outline of the areola then vertical towards the breast crease then 3-5cm in the breast crease. Admission time – The time of which you need to arrive at the directed hospital/clinic for surgery (this is not the time of your procedure) Asymmetry- Difference in proportion, usually referred to in cosmetic surgery terms asymmetric breasts, one is different in size and shape to the other. Alar base reduction – A cosmetic surgery procedure to the nose to reduce the size of the nostril or the flaring alar Aesthetic- The way something looks “aesthetically pleasing= Looks nice” Anaesthetist- A medical specialist who administers anaesthetic Anaesthetics- Drugs administered to put patients to sleep during surgery Aftercare – The care of a patient following a procedure or stay in hospital/clinic Areola – The ring of slightly darker pigmented skin surrounding the nipple


BA – Breast Augmentation/Breast Enlargement BU – Breast Uplift/ Mastopexy Blephoplasty – Eye bag removal BMI – Body mass index, is a person's weight in kilograms (kg) divided by his or her height in meters squared. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) now defines normal weight, overweight, and obesity according to BMI, your BMI will be checked in order for surgery to take place. Bottoming out – This is a risk of breast augmentation surgery where the breast implants have descended too low on the chest, thus making the nipple too high on the breast mound. Bloods – Taking of blood if required, this would take place at the pre op


CC/Capsular Contractor – low risk of surgery following a breast augmentation where scar tissue surrounding the implant shrinks and can cause the breast to distort thus causing the implant to harden which can cause pain or discomfort. It can start as early as 6 months post procedure or after many years for no apparent reason. Chaperone a person who looks after, accompanies or supervises during consultations or post surgery Cohesive Gel – is the silicone used inside implants also known as “gummy bear implants” Closed Rhino – is the surgical approach to a rhino procedure where all incisions are within the nostril and cannot be seen. Consultation – Discussion between patient/surgeon/nurse within the clinic or hospital CQC – The Care Quality Commission makes sure hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries and all other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high quality care, and encourage these services to make improvements.


Day Case- Where a patient has the procedure and is discharged within the same day Dropping and Fluffing - Dropping and fluffing is a slang term which refers to the process in which       breast implants settle DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis - Is a blood clot in one of the deep veins in the body. Blood clots that develop in a vein are also known as venous thrombosis. DVT usually occurs in a deep leg vein, a larger vein that runs through the muscles of the calf and the thigh.


ECG - Is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart Enlargement – To make something bigger, often used in terms of breast enlargement


Finance - Provide funding for (a person or enterprise)


GP letter – At your pre op assessment a letter will be sent to your GP to inform of surgery taking place and if there is anything in a patient’s medical history that MYA should be aware of that has not already been shared by said patient. General anaesthetic – Medically induced it is a state of controlled unconsciousness. Garment – Item of clothing which is to be worn post-surgery


Haematoma - A solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues Hypertrophic Scaring – Raised scar, build-up of natural collagen High Profile - Implants with a greater projection


Incision – A cut to the skin made during surgery Infection - Invasion of an organism's body tissues by disease-causing agents Inframammary - The crease or fold under the breast where the breast meets the chest wall Instagram Journey – Patient posts images to Instagram showing their cosmetic surgery journey from pre op to post op and the stages of healing. Inverted nipple- Is a condition where the nipple, instead of pointing outward, is retracted into the breast.


Journey – Description of the cosmetic surgery process from initial consultation to aftercare appointments


Keloid Scaring – Raised red often lumpy scaring


Liposuction- Is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from many different sites on the body can also be referred to as lipo Laser lipo – Is a cosmetic surgery procedure using sophisticated laser technology (diode laser) that selectively targets fat cells. These cells absorb the laser light causing them to emulsify allowing easy removal via suction through tiny discreet incisions in the area being treated Late Space – Late space is the option to take an operation space within a few weeks as a patient has had to reschedule or cancel due to medical reasons. Late payment request- Payment for procedures are due 56 days prior should as some patients book within this time frame or are waiting on loans a late payment can be submitted by your PC up to 21days prior to surgery. Lollypop scar - description of a scar that is around the areola vertically down the breast and in the breast crease normally found following Mastopexy or reduction procedures Leakage – Fluid that can come from wounds post liposuction Local anaesthetic/ LA - Is a medication that causes reversible absence of pain sensation to a specific area Labiaplasty- Is a cosmetic surgery procedure for altering the labia minora (inner labia) and the labia majora (outer labia), the folds of skin surrounding the female vulva.


MYA – Company name “Make Yourself Amazing” Mastopexy/Masto - is a cosmetic surgery procedure for raising sagging breasts on a female chest by correcting and modifying the size, contour, and elevation of the breasts. Mentor- owned by Johnson and Johnson are breast implant suppliers Moderate profile- Medium projection of the breast implant MRSA - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. MYA swab all patients at their pre op to test for this. Macom- Is a leading provider of quality compression garments


Nasal Splint – Is fixed to the nose following a rhino procedure to provide support and protection post operatively. Necrosis - is a form of cell injury which results in the premature death of the area of skin due to lack of blood supply. Nipple reduction – Procedure to reduce the size or shape of the areola


Overnight stay - Patient will stay in the hospital the evening of their procedure and released the following morning Overs – Implant placement is over the muscle Otoplasty – Cosmetic surgery to move the ears into a more natural looking position closer to the head Open Rhino – cosmetic surgery procedure where a small incision is made on the underside of the nose-the Columella.


PC/Patient Coordinator- Member of the MYA team that will be with you at every step of your journey for advice and will take your initial consultation. PE/Pulmonary embolism - is a blockage of the lung's main artery or one of its branches by a substance that has travelled from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream (embolism). It is the results from deep vein thrombosis (commonly a blood clot in a leg) that breaks off and migrates to the lung Placement – Where the implant is placed PCP – Form you receive via email to confirm your procedure date and price this needs to be signed and sent back electronically. Pre op – Health check with the nurse up to 6 weeks prior to surgery Post op – Health checks with clinic nurse following procedure this is not limited to but will include a 1 week and 6 week checks. Pathway – Form which is completed at initial consultation of personal information and medical history



Rupture (in reference to implants) tear in the implant- Ruptured silicone breast implants can cause breast pain or changes in the contour or shape of the breast Revision – A follow up procedure is needed, for atheistic or medical reasons Reduction – Female breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure to reduce the weight and volume of the breasts Rhinoplasty/Rhino – Cosmetic surgery procedure performed on the nose Rejection – If an implant does not agree with your body, either by infection or capsulation meaning your body has rejected the implant Rippling - the appearance of visible ridges or wrinkles in the implant that show through the skin.


Submuscular/SM – Implant placement under the muscle Subgladular/SG – Implant placement over the muscle Seroma - Is a pocket of clear serous fluid that sometimes develops in the body following surgery, which may need to be drained. Septo Rhino - is cosmetic surgery to fix both your nose (rhinoplasty) and your nasal septum ( septoplasty). The nasal septum is the narrow wall of tissue that separates your nostrils Swelling - An abnormal enlargement of a part of the body Specialist letter – If you have been under a specialists care in the past your clinic nurse may wish to contact them to make them aware of surgery taken place and if there is medical information we need to be made aware of prior to surgery. Surgical stockings – Socks that are given to patients to wear on the day of surgery and following to help prevent DVT


Toxic shock - s a rare but life-threatening bacterial infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. These bacteria normally live harmlessly on the skin, nose or mouth but can invade the body's bloodstream and release poisonous toxins Tear drop – This is a shape of implant that has a natural slope Trust Pilot – Is a review website for businesses – patients are able to leave reviews about MYA Tubular Breasts – This is a genetic breast deformity that can develop in one breast or both. During puberty breast development is stymied and the breasts fail to develop normally and fully.


Unders – implant placement under the muscle Ultra high profile – Extra high projection of implant


Vaginal Tightening – Cosmetic surgery procedure to tightening of the pelvic muscles to achieve or maintain the right degree of elasticity of the pelvic floor muscle Vaser – A form of liposuction using ultrasonic sound waves that the small probes emit break apart the fat on contact. The fat then becomes liquified and is gently removed by an cannula via suction through tiny incisions.


Wound – An injury to living tissue caused by a cut, blow, or other impact, typically one in which the skin is cut or broken.