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mammaplasty

 [mam´ah-plas″te]
plastic surgery of the breast; called also mammoplasty.
augmentation mammaplasty plastic surgery to increase the size of the female breast, or sometimes to uplift pendulous breasts. It can be done for purely cosmetic purposes, as when a woman wants larger breasts, or following mastectomy to replace surgically removed tissue (see reconstructive mammaplasty).
reconstructive mammaplasty breast reconstruction after mastectomy, done as an alternative to breast forms and specially designed brassieres to achieve a more normal appearance of the breast. If this procedure is chosen, it is usually considered to be just one stage in the total plan of treatment for breast cancer. It has both a psychologic and physiologic impact on the patient. Criteria used to determine whether reconstructive surgery is appropriate postmastectomy include the amount of tissue remaining after mastectomy, e.g., pectoral muscles, skin, and nipple; the probability of recurrent metastatic disease; appearance and size of the unoperated breast; and size and angle of the mastectomy scar. Adjuvant cancer therapy with radiation does not necessarily preclude additional plastic breast surgery.
reduction mammaplasty plastic surgery to reduce the size of the female breast. Physical and psychological problems that may be amenable to this include fatigue or a dragging sensation caused by the weight of the breasts, breast tenderness and discomfort, and difficulty obtaining adequate support even with a sturdy brassiere. Psychological stress can result from embarrassment over deep grooves created by the shoulder straps of brassieres, fear of ridicule, and difficulty in finding suitable clothing. Reduction mammaplasty usually involves removal of excess breast tissue by way of a curved incision under the breast. The skin is pulled taut and the nipple transplanted to its normal position in the center of the newly formed breast. After surgery the patient may need help in adjusting to a new body image. If she is of childbearing age she should be informed that normal lactation is no longer possible after this procedure.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

mam·ma·plas·ty

(mam'ă-plas'tē),
Plastic surgery of the breast to alter its shape, size, or position, usually for cosmetic purposes, to correct congenital anomalies, relieve symptoms (that is, from macromastia), or correct deformities resulting from cancer, burns, or trauma.
Synonym(s): mammoplasty, mastoplasty
[L. mamma, breast, + G. plastos, formed]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

mammoplasty

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mammaplasty

(măm′ə-plăs′tē)
n. pl. mammoplas·ties
Reconstructive or plastic surgery of the breast.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

mammoplasty

Any form of cosmetic (plastic) surgery to the breast. Mammoplasty is performed because the breasts are perceived to be too small, sagging or too large, or require reconstruction after breast cancer.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

mammoplasty

Surgery Any form of surgery to the breast. See Augmentation mammoplasty, Breast implants, Mastopexy, Reduction mammoplasty.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

mam·ma·plas·ty

(mam'ă-plas-tē)
Surgical procedure of the breast to alter its shape, size, or position, or all in combination.
Synonym(s): mammoplasty, mastoplasty.
[L. mamma, breast, + G. plastos, formed]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

mammoplasty

Plastic surgery on the breasts. Surgery to increase the bulk is called augmentation mammoplasty; surgery to make breasts smaller is called reduction mammoplasty. When breasts have been removed for cancer, breast reconstruction is possible.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Mammoplasty

Surgery performed to change the size of breasts.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Proteomic definition of normal human luminal and myoepithelial breast cells purified from reduction mammoplasties. Proc.
To unravel the role of Vitamin D3 in BC patients, we have investigated serum levels of 25(OH)D3 and its active form 1,25(OH)2D3 as well as tissue expression of 1alpha-hydroxylase, 24-hydroxylase, and Vitamin D-receptor (VDR), determined by semiquantitative RT-PCR, in 88 Brazilian BC patients and 35 women without cancer (submitted to mammoplasties or resection of benign lesions).
As a control population, peripheral blood was collected from 20 healthy individuals, and 30 noncancerous breast tissues (mammoplasties) were used as noncancerous tissue controls.