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Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck)
A surgical procedure that removes excess fat and skin and tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall.
Acne (Zits, pimples, white heads, black heads, whiteheads, blackheads, milia)
A skin condition characterized by the excess production of oil from the sebaceous glands in which the hair follicles become plugged.
Age Spots (Liver spots, brown spots, hyperpigmentation)
Small, flat brown spots on the skin. Most common areas for age spots are areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun.
Alopecia (Hair loss, balding)
Complete or partial loss of hair.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
Natural exfoliating acid commonly used in skin care products that has anti-inflammatory properties and is derived from fruit, milk and sugarcane.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
A powerful water- and fat-soluble antioxidant.
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS, Board Certifications, Academies)
Founded in 1985, the mission of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is to advance the specialty of cosmetic surgery and quality patient care. Most members of AACS are dermatological surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, general surgeons, plastic surgeons — all of whom specialize in cosmetic surgery. AACS is the organization that represents cosmetic surgeons in the American Medical Association through its seat in the AMA House of Delegates.
Antioxidant
A molecule that neutralizes free radicals. Antioxidants donate their own electrons to neutralize harmful oxidants.
Apoptosis (cell death, cell injury)
Process of cell death by which cells undergo a sequence of programmed events which lead to the death of the cell, as occurs during the growth and development of an organism, as part of normal cell aging, or as response to cellular injury.
Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C)
Vitamin C derivative; does not convert to L-ascorbic acid when applied topically. Is toxic to keratinocytes in the presence of UVB.
Azalaic Acid
Naturally occuring acid that can be used to exfoliate the skin and treat acne.