A type of lymphoma, which is a cancer that begins in the cells of the immune system and can also occur in the breasts. A variety of ALCLs may occur in women with and without breast implants. When associated with implants, ALCL is often referred to as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). ALCL is not the same as primary breast cancer.
The pigmented or darker-colored area of skin surrounding the nipple of the breast.
To make something larger in size.
Nodes located in the armpit area.
Affecting the right and left sides of the body (i.e., both breasts).
A surgical procedure to increase breast size. For this brochure, it refers to the placement of a breast implant.
A surgical procedure to replace breast tissue that has been removed due to cancer or trauma, or that has failed to develop properly due to a severe breast abnormality.
A tightening of the tissue capsule surrounding an implant, resulting in firmness or hardening of the breast, and squeezing of the implant if severe. Capsular contracture is classified by Baker Grades, where grades III or IV are the most severe, and contracture often results in the need for additional surgery because of pain and possible abnormal appearance. Capsular contracture can be a risk for rupture.
Scar tissue which forms around the breast implant.
Cubic centimetre. The measurement used for breast volume.
The implant and breast are found as 2 separated layers, or capsules, rather than as one unified capsule.
Tubes may be placed at the site of implant(s) post-surgery in order to remove any excess fluid build-up.
Placement of breast implants partially underneath the chest muscles.
A collection of blood within a space.
A cut made to the body tissue during surgery.
Below the breast. An inframammary incision is an incision made in the fold below the breast.
The production and secretion of milk by glands in the breast.
A type of X-ray examination of the breast used to detect cancer.
Major muscle of the chest; also known as “pec”.
Around the darkened or pigmented area surrounding the nipple of the breast.
The first time a breast implant is placed for the purpose of breast augmentation.
The correction or improvement of primary-augmentation. For this brochure, it refers to the surgical removal and replacement of breast implants.
A tear or hole in the implant shell. Saline implants will deflate when they rupture.
A liquid solution that is made up of water and a small amount of salt.
A build-up of the watery portion of the blood in a tissue location.
Placement of breast implants underneath and within the breast glands, but on top of the chest muscles.
Placement of breast implants wholly or partially underneath the chest muscles.
Having proportion of shape, size, and position between the two breasts.
Axillary pertains to the armpit area. A transaxillary incision is an incision made in the armpit area.
Affecting either the right or left side of the body (i.e., one breast).
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