Cosmetic Surgery Glossary
Acne scar: Scar due to severe acne. The scars can range from deep pits to scars that are angular or wavelike in appearance.
Age spots: Small flat pigmented spots that are most often seen on areas of the body that have been exposed to the sun over a period of years. Age spots usually occur after the age of 40.
Alopecia: The complete or partial loss of hair.
Autologen: A material used in lip augmentation to produce a look of fuller lips. Autologen is derived from your own skin and then injected into the lips.
Azelaic acid: A naturally occurring substance that can be used in skin care products to treat mild acne.
Blepharoplasty: A primarily cosmetic surgical procedure that reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and raises drooping upper eyelids. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, muscle, and underlying fatty tissue.
Breast augmentation: A surgical procedure done to increase breast size.
Botox: A substance derived from botulinum toxin that works by preventing nerve impulses from reaching the muscle, causing the muscle to relax.
Brow lift: A surgical procedure in which the skin of the forehead and eyebrows is tightened to eliminate sagging eyebrows or correct frown lines in the forehead.
Chemexfoliation: See "chemical peel."
Chemical peel: A process in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the production of new skin cells. This process is also called a chemexfoliation.