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Ectropion - turning outward of an edge; generally refers to a rare condition of the eyelid in which the lining of the eyelid is exposed.

Endoscope - small, flexible tube with a light and a lens on the end used to look inside an organ or cavity such as the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon or rectum.

Endoscopy - procedure in which a lighted viewing instrument (endoscope) is used to look inside a body cavity or organ to diagnose or treat disorders.

Expander/implant breast reconstruction - the use of an expander to create a breast mound, followed by the placement with a permanently filled breast implant.

Eczema - A skin condition characterized by itchy, irritated and inflamed skin. It comes in many forms and can be triggered by a variety of factors, including allergies, environmental factors or family history. The raised, inflamed skin can appear anywhere on your body, including your face, legs, arms or neck.

Elastin - A protein found with collagen in the dermis that is responsible for giving structure to your skin and organs.

Electrolysis - A hair removal procedure in which chemicals or heat is used to destroy the hair follicle.

Ephelides - See freckles

Epidermis - The outer layer of the skin. It is also the thinnest layer, responsible for protecting you from the harsh environment. The epidermis is made up of five layers of its own - stratum germinativum, stratum spinosum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum and stratum corneum.

Exfoliate - To remove the top layer of skin. Chemical peels and dermabrasion are examples of methods in which the skin is exfoliated.

Eye lift - See blepharoplasty

Embolism - Obstruction (blockage) of a blood vessel by foreign substances. This substance could be fat, an air bubble or any of a number of substances. Blood clots are the most common type of embolus.

Excision - The act of cutting away or taking out.

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