Common Breast Augmentation Terms

Maryland Plastic Surgeon serving Washington DC, & Virginia including Alexandria and Fairfax.


A Maryland woman ponders breast augmentation terminologyBreast augmentation involves many terms that will seem foreign to you. This form of corrective surgery involves anything from breast reduction or enlargement, to breast implants to correct uneven breasts. Bella Cosmetic Surgery wants our patients who are considering breast augmentation in Maryland to know the most common terms associated with this surgery.

  • Augmentation Mammoplasty. This is the medical term for breast augmentation, which is the surgical process of enlarging or enhancing your breasts.
  • Mammogram. One of the first tests your plastic surgeon will order is an x-ray of your breasts.
  • Saline and Silicone Implants. These are the two forms of artificial breast implants. Saline implants contain salt, while Silicone implants contain elastic gel. Both are long-term and safe for your body.
  • Hematoma. A hematoma is the grouping of clotted blood under the skin. This takes place after blood vessels, arteries, or veins have been damaged. The blood leaks from the vessels under your skin tissue. A hematoma can be as small as a drop of blood or large enough to cause swelling. Your body should be able to repair itself fairly quickly.
  • Capsular Contracture. You will most likely not have to worry about capsular contracture, because it is the result of surgical complications. As your body heals, scar tissue can abnormally tighten and cause your implant to become firm.
  • Submammary and Submuscular Placement. Breast implants can be placed over your pectoral muscle behind your breast tissue (Submammary), or under the pectoral muscle between your chest wall and breast tissue (Submuscular). 
  • General and Local Anesthesia. In order to undergo breast augmentation you will have to be put under anesthesia. Your surgeon will either recommend general anesthesia, a drug or gas used during surgery to alleviate pain and put you unconscious, or local anesthesia, which is injected into the area of the incision.
  • Intravenous Sedation. Your plastic surgeon might recommend intravenous sedation instead of anesthesia. This is the practice of administering a sedative by injecting it directly into your vein.
  • Inframammary Incision. Once the operation has begun, the doctor will make an incision under your breast where it folds.
  • Periareloar Incision. One term you probably know is “areola,” the darker skin surrounding your nipples. A periareloar incision is the cut your doctor might make at the outskirt of your areola.
  • Transaxillary Incision. This is the formal name for the cut made under your arm.

Whether your breast augmentation is elective or cosmetically necessary for you to be comfortable in your skin, it is none the less surgery. Knowing these terms should make you feel a little more at ease during your initial consultation.

If you live are considering breast augmentation in Maryland, please contact Bella Cosmetic Surgery today by completing the form on this page or calling (301) 567-6767 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Chiaramonte. Our National Harbor office serves patients from Washington DC and Virginia, including Alexandria and Fairfax.