Cosmetic Surgery Procedure Terms Explained

by Naruschka Henriques

Terms like “rhinoplasty” and “breast augmentation” are commonly understood, but do you know what “otoplasty” or “smart lipo” are?
Here are a few quick explanations.

Vaser Lipo – A new technology in the field of liposuction that subtly uses ultrasound to target those stubborn fatty pockets, leaving other tissues predominantly undamaged.

Smart Lipo – A fibre optic cable is guided through the fatty tissue, laser energy melts the cells, which are then removed via suction. Basic liposuction can leave the skin saggy, but Smart Lipo stimulates collagen production, tightening skin.

Mastoplexy – Encompasses procedures related to re-shaping the breast, for example, breast lifts, repositioning of the nipple or removal of excess skin.

Blepharoplasty – Surgical modifications of the eyelid come under this definition. A common example of cosmetic blepharoplasty is the removal of under-eye bags.

Otoplasty – External ear surgery, for example, ear pinning.

Abdominoplasty – In more basic terminology, this is a tummy tuck. This surgery is particularly popular after pregnancy or extreme weight loss.

Dermal Fillers – Most people understand that these procedures deal with wrinkles. However, dermal fillers are a little different to Botox (which relaxes the muscles), as they are gel-based and injected under your lines and wrinkles.

Botox – Possibly one of the most important cosmetic medicine developments of modern times, and certainly one of the most popular.  Very small amounts of a toxin are injected into the muscles to delicately relax them, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Don’t be put off by the word “toxin”; this is one of the industry’s safest procedures.

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