Cosmetic Terms Glossary


Acupressure is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique based on the same ideas as acupuncture. Acupressure involves placing physical pressure by hand, elbow, or with the aid of various devices on different acupuncture points on the surface of the body.

Arm Lift is also known as brachioplasty, which is a surgical procedure that is used to remove loose skin and excess fat deposits that accumulate in the upper arm area. The more a person ages, the upper arm skin can become quite loose and flabby. Brachioplasty is used for patients who have a desire to tighten up this skin. In certain cases your trusted plastic surgeon may suggest to you that liposuction should be used alone as procedure or together with an arm lift to best remove the excess fat build-up in the upper arms area.

Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to reshape and firm the abdomen. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower parts of one’s abdomen in order to tighten the muscle of the abdominal wall. This type of cosmetic surgery is usually sought after by women that aren’t considering giving birth to any more children. It is also common among individuals who have excess abdominal fat deposits, which do not respond well to diet and exercise.

Abdominoplasty operations vary and are frequently subdivided into categories:

A complete Abdominoplasty involves five steps:

An incision is made from hip to hip just above the pubic area.
Another incision is made to free the navel from the surrounding skin.
The skin is detached from the abdominal wall to reveal the muscles to be tightened. These muscles are tightened with sutures.
The skin flap is reattached with any extra skin being removed. A new hole for the navel is made and stitched into place.

All stitches are dressed and any excess fluid from the site is drained.

A partial Abdominoplasty involves three steps:

A smaller incision is made.
The skin in removed between the incision and the navel. The skin is stretched down and excess skin removed.
The flap is stitched back into place.
An extended Abdominoplasty is a complete Abdominoplasty with extensions into the thighs (front) and/or flanks (back).
An Abdominoplasty can be combined with a liposuction treatment.

Recovery from a complete Abdominoplasty can take between four to six weeks, as patients are usually advised to take at least a portion of this recovery time off from work. Heavy activity especially must be avoided during this time. For the first ten days, a patient may experience bruising and a bit of discomfort. A supportive abdominal binder is normally worn to contain swelling and support the muscular repair. Patients are advised not to smoke for several months prior to surgery and also during the recovery period after the surgery. Studies suggest that smokers have a higher risk of complications with this operation.

Blepharoplasty or “eyelid surgery” is the reshaping of the eyelids or the application of permanent eyeliner, including Asian Blepharoplasty.

Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgical procedure that is intended to reshape the upper eyelid or lower eyelid by the removal and/or repositioning of excess tissue as well as by the reinforcement of muscles and tendons that surround the eye. This type of procedure is used to improve the appearance of sagging upper eyelids and puffy lower eyelids that may look like “bags”. When upper eyelid changes become severe with many of the elderly, blepharoplasty may sometimes be undertaken to open up the impaired field of vision that results by overhanging skin.

Blepharoplasty is performed through external incisions that are made along the natural skin lines of the eyelids, such as the creases of the upper lids and below the lashes of the lower lids, or from the inside surface of the lower eyelid. Initial swelling and bruising take one to two weeks to resolve but at least several months are needed until the final result becomes stable. Depending upon the scope of the procedure, the operation takes one to three hours to complete

Asian Blepharoplasty, or double eyelid surgery, is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery among those of east and Southeast Asian background. About half of this population are born without an eyelid crease and are called single-lidded. Surgery is used to create a crease above the eye, thus making the eye appear more open and alert and facilitating the application of make up.

Blu-U Acne Treatment: BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy is extremely safe and painless and only affects the problematic areas. It involves treating the affected areas of skin as they are exposed to the light while the patient is wearing safety goggles.

This treatment is for individuals who have acne and or actinic keratoses (also referred to as AK’s). Actinic keratoses are caused damage to the skin from sun exposure. It would look like scaly patches of slightly reddened skin that are rough to the touch. Blu-U is used together with Levulan® Kerastick® (aminolevulinic acid HCl, also known as ALA) to treat the damaged areas of the patient’s face and scalp.

During the acne treatment the Levulan Kerastick is applied to the patient’s skin and it is then absorbed. Once it has been absorbed into the patient’s skin, it changes into a porphyrin, which is an anti-bacteria agent. The Blu-U system uses a high-intensity narrow band of blue light that activates the porphyrins. The porphyrins commence a chemical reaction that destroys the P. acne bacteria that causes acne. This will cause the AK’s to peel off the patient’s skin within a week or so following the treatment.

Typically, The Blu-U treatments involve a short treatment session of 16 minutes each, twice a week for four weeks, and then once a week for four weeks. Your series of treatments should be completed, yet you may need additional treatments periodically throughout the year. Along with the Blu-U treatment, an individual can combine it with certain antibiotics taken orally or topically over the skin. You should however consult your physician.

Although the inflammation may be gone for most patients, some people may experience a residual redness where the inflamed blemish had been located. Over time, the redness you may experience should dissipate. If not, consult with your physician for additional information for treatment(s) you may require.

Posted On:  August 13, 2016
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