Revista Brasileira de Cirurgia Plástica
versión impresa ISSN 1983-5175
CARVALLO, César Augusto Arrunátegui. Implant? Prosthesis? Inclusion?. Rev. Bras. Cir. Plást. (Impr.) [online]. 2011, vol.26, n.3, pp.530-532. ISSN 1983-5175. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1983-51752011000300027.
The author discusses the indiscriminate use of various terms to designate a single artifact and suggests the adoption of only one signifier. Although no publications deal specifically with the meaning of the terms "implant", "prosthesis" or "inclusion", apart from what is found in ordinary lexical and medical dictionaries, such terms are commonly and interchangeably used to designate a single artifact. According to the author, it is beneficial to select and utilize only the term that best conceptualizes the object designed for correcting lack of breast volume in specialty terminology. The use of a single term will facilitate scientific paper writing; therefore, the author proposes the use of the term "implant" to indicate the artifact placed inside the mammary gland.
Palabras clave : Breast implantation; Breast implants; Mammaplasty; Prostheses and implants.