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Biocompatible - The ability or something to be put into a person without causing your body to reject or attack it.

Bikini Cut - A horizontal surgical incision in the lower abdomen, often used for a hysterectomy or a Cesarean delivery; so called because it leaves a less noticeable scar than does a vertical incision.

Blepharoplasty (Also called eyelid lift) - procedure in which the physician surgically removes excess fat, muscle and skin from both the upper and lower eyelids to change the shape of the eye.

Breast augmentation (Also called augmentation mammaplasty) - A surgical procedure done to increase breast size. The shape of the breast can also be changed or it can be performed to reconstruct the breast following surgery.

Benzoyl peroxide - An antibacterial medication used to combat the bacteria that aggravates acne.

Beta hydroxy acid - An oil-soluble exfoliant derived from fruit and milk sugars that can be commonly found in skin-care products. Beta hydroxy acid is used to treat wrinkles, blackheads and photo-aging. Salicylic acid is an example of a beta-hydroxy acid.

Botox - A substance derived from botulinum toxin that works by preventing nerve impulses from reaching the muscle, forcing the muscle to relax.

Brow lift - A surgical procedure in which the skin of the forehead and eyebrows is tightened to eliminate sagging eyebrows or correct frown lines in the forehead.

Bypass - A surgical procedure in which a diseased or obstructed hollow organ is temporarily or permanently circumvented. For example - coronary bypass, gastric bypass, heart-lung machine or intestinal bypass.

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