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Glossary of terms: Injectables and Dermal Fillers

Acquamid
Injectable hydrogel composed of 97.5% apyrogenic water bound to 2.5% cross-linked polyacrylamide used as a dermal filler. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Amphadase
A cow derived (bovine) form of injectable hyaluronidase. U.S. FDA approved.
Anesthesia
A medical treatment to have pain or other discomfort blocked, or an area of the body numbed. Aesthesia comes in many forms including topical, local, oral, regional and general.
Anika CTA
See Elevess.
Anti-viral
A medication that can be given prior to dermal filler injections to decrease the risk of developing viral sores in those prone to outbreaks.
Artecoll
Also known as ArteSense. A collagen-based dermal filler with suspended polymethly methacrylate microspheres available outside the U.S. Not U.S. FDA approved.
ArteFill
A dual-acting injectable dermal filler containing 20% polymethyl methacrylate microspheres and 80% purified bovine collagen gel with lidocaine, an anesthetic. U.S. FDA approved.
ArteSense
See Artecoll.
Axillary
Referring to the underarm region.
Betacaine
The brand name of a topically applied 5% lidocaine anesthetic cream. U.S. FDA approved.
Bio-alchamid
An injectable comprised of 96% water and 4% synthetic reticulate polymer (poly-Alkyl-Imide). Not U.S. FDA approved.
Bioplastique
Injectable comprised of solid silicone microspheres suspended in a hydro-gel solution. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Botox
Brand name of Botulinum Toxin Type A FDA approved for use of select neurological conditions and severe underarm sweating. Botox Cosmetic is the brand name for cosmetic indications. U.S. FDA approved.
Botox Cosmetic
Brand name of Botulinum Toxin Type A used for cosmetic injectable treatments. U.S. FDA approved.
Botulinum Toxin
A neurotoxin protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum. In two specific strains, type A and type B, it is used in minute doses both to treat painful muscle spasms, and as a cosmetic treatment.
Botulinum Toxin Type A
The form of botulinum toxin in Botox and Botox Cosmetic (U.S. FDA approved), Reloxin and PureTox (Not U.S. FDA approved), used cosmetically to prevent frown lines and facial creases.
Botulinum Toxin Type B
The form of botulinum toxin in Myobloc. Not U.S. FDA approved for cosmetic injections.
Bovine Collagen
Derived from bovine (cows), a highly purified collagen used in the manufacture of Zyderm and Zyplast.
Calcium hydroxylapitite
A microcrystalline form of calcium and phosphorus, similar to naturally occurring components of bone and other tissue. Comprises Radiesse. dermal filler.
Captique
Injectable hyaluronic acid based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Carboxytherapy
Injection of carbon dioxide for cosmetic purposes, namely to treat cellulite. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Cellulite
A skin condition that results in a dimpling or rippling of the skin, commonly on the buttocks, thighs and hips, sometimes on the abdomen or upper arm.
Collagen
Connective tissue component of skin. U.S. FDA approved collagen dermal fillers include Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast (synthetically derived), Zyderm and Zyplast (bovine collagen). Evolence (porcine collagen) is not U. S. FDA approved.
Compounding
Combining one or more medication with other medications or inert ingredients to provide treatment. Compounded pharmaceuticals are not U.S. FDA approved.
Cosmetic Medicine
A term used to describe medically-based treatments that enhance or improve appearance.
Cosmoderm
The brand name for an injectable collagen - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Cosmoplast
The brand name for an injectable collagen - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Dental block
A local injection anesthetic method that numbs the mouth and peri-oral area.
Dermadeep
Hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler with added acrylic hydrogel (a non-resorbable component). Not U.S. FDA approved.
Dermagen
A mineral-based dermal filler comprised of silica and oxygen. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Dermal filler
An injected or implanted medical device that plumps or shapes the skin.
Dermalive
Hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler with added acrylic hydrogel (a non-resorbable component). Not U.S. FDA approved.
Dysport
see Reloxin.
Elevess
A hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Emla
A topical anesthetic cream with 2.5% concentrations of each lidocaine and prilocaine. U.S. FDA approved.
Evolence
A porcine (pig) based collagen dermal filler. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Fat
The common term for adipose, or human fatty tissue.
Fat Injection
Injecting a human’s own fat, which has been removed and processed, to enhance or reshape soft tissue.
FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. All medical devices and pharmacological agents (medications) must obtain U.S. FDA approval to be legally administered in the U.S.
Fine Lines
see Restylane Touch.
General Anesthesia
A sensation of total unconsciousness, so that no pain or discomfort is felt while under the influence of general anesthesia. Generally administered via inhalation, although is some cases can be achieved intravenously.
Glabella
The space between the eyebrows and above the nose, where muscle movement commonly results in vertical frown lines.
Granuloma
A small bump that can be seen or felt beneath the skin that can result from particle-based dermal fillers.
Hyaluronic acid
Also called Hyaluronan or Hyalronate, a chief component of cellular matter, particularly connective tissue in the human body. Synthetic hyaluronic acid is the chief component of the U.S. FDA approved dermal fillers Restylane, Hylaform, Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus, Elevess and Perlane, and of Restylane Touch and Restylane SubQ (not U.S. FDA approved).
Hyaluronidase
A family of enzymes that degrades hyaluronic acid. Used to diminish the results of hyaluronic acid injections in a shorter period of time than the natural absorption process of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. FDA approved injectable hyaluronidase includes the brand names Vitrase, Amphadase and Hylenex.
Hylaform
The brand name for an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Hylaform Plus
See Hylaform.
Hylenex
An engineer form of human compatible injectable hyaluronidase. U.S. FDA approved.
Hyperhidrosis
A medical condition of excessive perspiration.
Injection Lipolysis
See mesotherapy.
Intravenous
The delivery of a liquid medication or other medical substance directly into a vein.
Juvederm
The brand name for an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Juvederm Ultra
The brand name for an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler used for fine to medium depth wrinkle correction. U.S. FDA approved.
Juvederm Ultra Plus
The brand name for a more robust cross-linked formulation of an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler used for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles. U.S. FDA approved.
Lecithin
Lecithin is a fatlike substance called a phospholipids commonly used in mesotherapy. It is produced by the liver and protects cells from oxidation and largely comprises the protective sheaths surrounding the brain. It is U.S. FDA approved for human consumption, but it is not U.S. FDA approved for injection.
Lidocaine
A common anesthetic agent. Exposure to excessive quantities can result in neurological events such as dizziness, tremor or seizure, or cardiac events such as hypotension (drop in blood pressure), arrhythmia or cardiac arrest.
Lipoatrophy
The medical term for fat loss. Facial lipoatrophy can be one of the complications of HIV.
Lipodissolve
The brand name for a cosmetic procedure (injection lipolysis) in which various non-FDA approved drug mixtures, often including phosphatidylcholine or phosphatidylcholine sodium deoxycholate are injected through a series of treatments to purportedly reduce fat. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Lipolysis
The breakdown of fat stored in the fat cells.
Lipostabil
The brand name for a cosmetic procedure (injection lipolysis) in which various non-FDA approved drug mixtures, often including phosphatidylcholine or phosphatidylcholine sodium deoxycholate are injected through a series of treatments to purportedly reduce fat. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Local anesthesia
Blocks the sensation of pain or discomfort in a specific local area.
L.M.X.
An over the counter, topical anesthetic cream containing 4% lidocaine. U.S. FDA approved.
Mesoderm
Commonly reference to the middle layer of cells, or skin. The area primarily injected in mesotherapy treatment.
Mesotherapy
A procedure in which various non-FDA approved drug mixtures, often called PCDC including phosphatidylcholine or phosphatidylcholine sodium deoxycholate are injected into patients to remove fat. Also called injection lipolysis. Commonly puroported as an anti-aging treatment. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Microspheres
Spherical particles composed of various natural and synthetic materials with diameters in the micrometer range.
Myobloc
The brand name for a Botulinum Toxin Type B injection. Not U.S. FDA approved for cosmetic purposes.
NASHA
The acronym for Non-Animal, Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid.
Necrosis
The accidental death of cells and living tissue. There are many causes of necrosis including prolonged injury, infection or inflammation.
Nerve block
A form of anesthesia that involves the injection of a local anesthetic or a neurolytic agent into or near a peripheral nerve, a sympathetic nerve plexus, or a local pain-sensitive trigger point to numb a region.
Numbing cream
A form of anesthetic by topical cream to numb tissue prior to injections or laser procedures.
Off-label
The practice of prescribing drugs or medical treatment for a purpose similar too, but specifically not defined by a drug's U.S. FDA approved label.
Oral block
A form of anesthesia by local anesthetic used to numb a region to be treated
Palmar
Concerning the region of the palms of the hands
Particle-based
Containing microscopic particles or spheres
Perlane
The brand name for an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Phosphatidylcholine
A major component of lecithin, used in mesotherapy treatment
Phosphatidylcholine Sodium Deoxycholate
A major component used in mesotherapy t reatment
Polyacrylamide
Highly water absorbent, soft formed gel that is used in making contact lenses, as a thickener or suspending agent. Not U.S. FDA approved as a dermal filler.
Poly-L-lactic acid
A biodegradable, biocompatible synthetic polymer from the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family that has been widely used for many years in dissolvable stitches, bone screws, and facial implants and is the primary component of Sculptra.
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
Nonbiodegradable, chemically inert component of dermal filler used under the brand of ArteFill. The results of PMMA injections are permanent.
Porcine Collagen
Derived from porcine (pig) tendons, a highly purified collagen used in the manufacture of Evolence.
Prilocaine
A local anesthetic agent often used in dentistry, intravenous regional anesthetic and as a component of topical anesthetic cream.
Ptosis
The medical term for drooping eyelids.
Puragen
The brand name for an injectable non-animal, hyaluronic acid, - based dermal filler derived from bacterial fermentation used for wrinkle correction. Not U.S. FDA approved.
PureTox
The brand name for an injectable botulinum toxin type A, used for wrinkle correction. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Radiance
Known as Radiesse
Radiesse
The brand name for an injectable calcium hydroxylapatite, - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Regional Anesthesia
Blocking pain or other discomfort to a specific region of the body, such as a limb.
Reloxin
The brand name for an injectable botulinum toxin Type A, used for wrinkle correction. Approved in Europe under the brand name Dysport. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Restylane
The brand name for an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Restylane SubQ
The brand name for an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler used for the correction of deep facial folds and treatment of lipoatrophy. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Restylane Touch
The brand name for an injectable hyaluronic acid - based dermal filler used for the correction of very lines and wrinkles. Not U.S. FDA approved.
Sculptra
The brand name for an injectable poly-L-lactic acid - based dermal filler, used for a condition known as lipoatrophy, or facial wasting. U.S. FDA approved for treatment of lipoatrophy.
Silicone
Inorganic and organic polymers combined for a myriad of moisture resistant uses including cosmetics and breast implants. When injected, silicone is permanent. Not U.S. FDA approved for cosmetic injection.
Silikon 1000
The brand name for sterile, non-pyrogenic, clear, colorless silicone oil FDA approved only for use during vitreoretinal surgery. Use as a permanent silicone dermal filler is not U.S. FDA approved.
SilSkin
The brand name for a permanent silicone - based dermal filler. Not U.S. FDA approved.
SubQ
Abbreviation for subcutaneous, meaning beneath the skin. Also see Restylane SubQ.
Topical anesthetic
A local anesthetic agent applied to numb the surface of an tissue, such as skin or gums.
Tetracaine
A potent local anesthetic often used topically.
Valtrex
The brand name for an antiviral drug commonly used to slow the spread of herpes. U.S. FDA approved.
Vitrase
A sheep derived (ovine) form of injectable hyaluronidase. U.S. FDA approved.
Zyderm
The brand name for an injectable bovine collagen-based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.
Zyplast
The brand name for an injectable bovine collagen-based dermal filler. U.S. FDA approved.

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