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Partial abdominoplasty - a "mini tummy tuck." This procedure is perfect for individuals who have fat deposits limited to the area below the navel.

Pectoralis Major - A muscle located in the upper chest; it provides support for the breasts and is necessary for arm movements.

Pfeiffer syndrome - A birth defect characterized by abnormalities of the skull, hands and feet.

Pigment - Any organic coloring in blood or a derivative of it. Hemoglobin (a protein that contains iron) when combined with oxygen gives blood its crimson color.

Pigmentation - Coloration caused by deposits of pigment.

Plastic - Concerned with or pertaining to the remedying or restoring of malformed, injured, or lost parts - Example - a plastic operation.

Plastic surgery - the surgical specialty that deals with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue that requires a reshaping or remolding due to disease, a defect, or disorder - in order to approximate a normal appearance or to repair working ability.

Polydactyly - a congenital problem characterized by an increase in the number of fingers or toes.

Photoaging - The changes that occur to the skin due to exposure to the sun. This includes wrinkles and age spots.

Port-wine stain - A type of hemangioma characterized by a mark on the skin that resembles the rich red color of port wine. These stains are caused by an abnormal concentration of capillaries. This type of birthmark is also referred to as nevus flammeus.

Ptosis - The drooping of a body part, especially the eyelids or the breasts.

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