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Breast Augmentation: Medical Terms to Know

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During your initial consultation for your breast augmentation, you probably heard our plastic surgeons using fancy words like “Mastopexy or Transaxillary.” Because undergoing a breast augmentation can be a life-changing experience for everyone, it’s important to know some common medical definitions frequently used by doctors before you make your final decision.

Below are some medical terms frequently used by plastic surgeons broken down into easy, everyday language to help patients make the most of their breast augmentation:

Mastopexy or BL

Mastopexy is the technical term for a breast lift, and BL is the abbreviated form. The main purpose of a breast lift is to tighten any conspicuous loose skin and sagging breasts in order to assume their previous position. More often than not, our plastic surgeons will undertake a breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift to achieve the most aesthetically-appealing results for a patient.


BWD is a simple acronym that means Breast Width Diameter. It’s simply a measurement that helps our surgeons choose the most salient implant size for your body. Therefore, before any breast augmentation is carried out, our plastic surgeons will first take measurements of your BWD, starting from your cleavage and moving towards the outer edge of your breasts. Most women’s breasts are 11-14 centimeters, which makes it easy for our experts to pick an implant that is around the same size as their patient’s BWD.

Being aware of some of the medical definitions commonly used by our surgeons when performing your breast augmentation can make a big difference for your scheduled breast implant placement. Arming yourself with knowledge will help with confidence before undergoing the procedure, as well as keep you from feeling confused or uncomfortable. Dr. Jeneby and his team are happy and ready to check your suitability and find the right breast augmentation option that would give you optimal results. For inquiries and more information about breast augmentation in San Antonio, contact our office today to schedule a consultation!

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