A – AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)
A class of chemical compounds that are used in skincare products as well as treatment for their exfoliating properties. AHAs help to peel away the surface of the skin, revealing a smoother, more radiant complexion underneath.
B – Botox
A popular injectable that temporarily reduces or eliminates facial dynamic fine lines and wrinkles. Botox works by blocking the nerve signals in the muscles where it is injected.
C – Collagen
The most abundant protein in the body, providing structure to the skin, bones, muscles, and tendons. In aesthetics, collagen is key to maintaining skin elasticity and youthfulness.
D – Derma Veil
A type of injectable filler that aims to promote collagen production within the dermal layers of the skin, leading to improved skin texture, elasticity, and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles over time.
E – Elastin
A protein in connective tissue that allows the skin to resume shape after stretching or contracting. Elastin helps maintain skin’s firmness and structure.
F – Fillers
Injectable substances used to restore lost volume, smooth lines, soften creases, or enhance facial contours. Most commonly, these are made of hyaluronic acid.
G – Glycolic Acid
An AHA most frequently used in chemical peels. It is derived from sugar cane and helps to dissolve the bonds between skin cells, promoting exfoliation.
H – Hyaluronic Acid
A naturally occurring substance in the skin known for its capacity to attract and hold onto 1000x its weight in moisture. It is widely used in skincare products and fillers.
I – Injectable
A minimally invasive procedure where substances like Botox or fillers or collagen stimulants are injected to enhance appearance and reduce signs of aging.
J – Juvederm
A brand of dermal fillers that uses hyaluronic acid to improve sunken and aging skin, which can last for 9-18 months.
K – Kojic Acid
A chemical produced from different types of fungi. It is used in health and beauty products to lighten pigmented skin and to treat skin conditions such as sun damage.
L – Laser Pigment Removal
A non-invasive procedure using targeted laser beams to break down unwanted pigmentation, like age spots or freckles, for a more even skin tone.
M – Mesotherapy
A medical aesthetic treatment that involves injecting microscopic quantities of natural extracts, homeopathic agents, pharmaceuticals, and vitamins into the skin.
N – Non-Ablative
Referring to laser treatments, non-ablative procedures are less invasive and use heat to stimulate cells to produce more collagen, without damaging the surface skin.
O – Oxidative Stress
An imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Oxidative stress plays a part in the aging process.
P – Peptides
Short chains of amino acids that serve as building blocks for proteins such as collagen, elastin, and keratin, which are essential for skin health and appearance.
Q – Q-Switched Lasers
Lasers that are used in non-invasive laser treatments to remove pigmented lesions, tattoos and for skin rejuvenation.
R – Retinol
A derivative of vitamin A that is widely used in skincare to promote skin renewal, brighten skin tone, reduce acne, and boost collagen production.
S – SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
A measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from UVB rays, the kind of radiation that causes sunburn and contributes to skin cancer.
T – TCA Peel (Trichloroacetic Acid)
A type of chemical peel used to deep exfoliate the outer layer of skin cells. TCA peels are used to treat pigmentation, sun damage, and fine wrinkles.
U – Ultherapy
A non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound to lift and tighten loose skin over time, without any downtime.
V – Vitiligo
A long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. Treatments can improve the appearance of the skin but might not address the underlying cause.
W – Wrinkle Relaxers
The common term for injectable treatments like Botox or Dysport that relax facial muscles, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
X – Xeomin
A type of botulinum toxin type A that is used to treat facial wrinkles. Similar to Botox, but it contains just one ingredient: botulinum toxin A.
Y – YAG Laser
A type of laser commonly used in hair removal, vein treatment, and for treating pigmentation issues. It produces a wavelength of high energy light, which is converted into heat energy.
Z – Zeolite
A mineral that is often used in skincare products for its detoxifying properties. Zeolites can trap and remove impurities from the skin, helping to clarify and purify the complexion.