Glossary of Terms

glossary, also known as a vocabulary or clavis, is a list of terms in a particular domain of knowledge with the definitions for those terms.  Click on a term below to reveal the definition.

Liposuction

A technique in cosmetic surgery for removing excess fat from under the skin by suction.

CoolSculpting

A method to remove fat by freezing.The method involves application of cooling pads within the temperature range of -11 to +5 °C for the non-invasive, localized reduction of fat deposits, intending to reshape the contours of the body.

TruSculpt 3D

A form of body sculpting that seeks to break down fat deposits using RF (radio frequency) waves emitted from a handpiece that is passed over the skin in areas of the body in which fat is stored.

Laser Liposuction

Also known as Laser lipolysis, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat from fiber-optic lasers at various wavelengths to melt body fat through the skin.

Jeuveau

JeuveauTM (prabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs) by Evolus is now FDA approved for the temporary improvement of moderate to severe glabellar lines in adults.

Neurotoxin

Injectable neurotoxins, such as JeuveauTM, safely smooth wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying facial muscles.

Aesthetics

Perception of or related to beauty, artistry or good taste.

Fat Transfer

A procedure that transfers fat from areas in which you have excess fat, such as the abdomen or outer thighs, and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks.

Fillers

Also known as, “dermal fillers“, is a soft tissue filler injected into the skin to help fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body.

Adipose Tissue

Commonly known as fat, is an anatomical term for loose connective tissue composed of adipocytes.  Its main role is to store energy in the form of fat, although it also cushions and insulates the body.

Adipocytes

Also known as Fat Cells, are connective tissue cells that have differentiated and become specialized in the synthesis (manufacture) and storage of fat.

SculpSure

During a SculpSure treatment, applicators are placed over the treatment area, and a laser is used to heat fat in the treatment area to the point of irreversible damage.

Gluteal Lift

Also refereed to as a buttock lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve the appearance and contour the buttocks, groin, thighs and abdomen.

Analgesic

Means to relieve from pain

Gate Control Effect

The gate control theory of pain asserts that non-painful input (such as vibration) closes the nerve “gates” to painful input, which prevents pain sensation from traveling to the central nervous system.

Augmentation

The action or process of making or becoming greater in size or amount.

RF Energy

(radio frequency) skin tightening is an aesthetic technique that uses RF energy to heat tissue and stimulate sub-dermal collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin; by manipulating skin cooling during treatment, RF can also be used for heating and reduction of fat.

Autologous Fat

Autologous fat transfer, also called fat grafting transfer, is emerging as a new breast reconstruction technique. In fat grafting, fat tissue is removed from other parts of your body — usually your thighs, belly, and buttocks.

Cannula

A thin tube inserted into a vein or body cavity to administer medicine, drain off fluid, or insert a surgical instrument

Cryolipolysis

A method to remove fat by freezing.The method involves controlled application of cooling within the temperature range of -11 to +5 °C for the non-invasive, localized reduction of fat deposits, intending to reshape the contours of the body.