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USEFUL TERMS

ALLERGAN

Allergan Aesthetics is a pharmaceutical company that acquires, develops, manufactures, and markets a portfolio of leading aesthetics brands and products.

ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS

Anti-wrinkle injections go by a number of different names including wrinkle relaxing, wrinkle relaxer treatment, wrinkle reducing treatment and anti wrinkle treatment. These all refer to the injection of a prescription-only medication delivered in small doses which we deliver using super fine “Invisible Needles”. Always subject to suitability at a face-to-face consultation.

AUGMENTATION

The use of dermal filler treatments to lift and/or add volume to specific areas. For example, ‘lip augmentation’ or ‘cheek augmentation’ are alternative terms for lip filler and cheek fillers.

CHEMICAL PEEL

An advanced skin treatment also known as a skin peel. A chemical solution is applied to the skin to exfoliate the top layers. There are a range of available chemical peels using different active ingredients to target multiple skin conditions.

COLLAGEN

Collagen is the main structural protein found in the body’s various connective tissues. It serves as one of the main building blocks for your skin, bones hair, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It’s a key ingredient to healthy and supple skin.

COSMETIC MODEL

The term given to all our patients and used as standard across training clinics in the aesthetics industry.

CROW’S FEET

Lines or wrinkles that develop around the outer eye areas, also known as ‘laughter lines’.

DERMAL FILLER

Facial fillers, face fillers, lip filler, dermal fillers, soft tissue fillers or simply “fillers”. Fillers use injected hyaluronic acid-based solutions to add shape, definition, to contour and rejuvenate.

DERMIS

The dermis is the thickest layer of skin that lies beneath the epidermis and above the fat layer. It provides strength and flexibility to the skin.

DOWNTIME

Also known as ‘recovery time’. It refers to the the approximate time required post treatment for the majority of your initial reaction to settle.

DYNAMIC WRINKLES

‘Dynamic’ wrinkles are the lines that appear when we move our face. Cosmetic treatments can reduce dynamic lines and wrinkles, subject to treatment suitability being confirmed.

EPIDEMIS

The epidermis is the thin, outer layer of the skin providing a protective barrier.

FOREHEAD LINES

Wrinkles or fine lines which appear on the upper forehead. Other forehead wrinkles can include frown lines (horizontal dynamic lines) and glabella lines (vertical lines that form between the brows, also known as ‘number 11s’).

GLYCOLIC

Glycolic refers to glycolic acid, a type of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that’s derived from sugar cane and is known for its anti-ageing benefits. It offers a number of fantastic skin enhancing properties, including exfoliation, stimulation of collagen and elastin formation, and hydration.

HYALURONIC ACID

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body, and is a primary building block for healthy, hydrated skin. Our dermal fillers and skinboosters are all hyaluronic acid based products.

LEVEL 7

Short for the UK’s leading post-graduate qualification in cosmetic injectables, the Level 7 Diploma in Botox & Dermal Fillers. The cosmetic doctors, dentists and nurses who perform treatments at The Academy Clinic are all either studying for, or have already achieved this highly respected - and regulated - Master’s level qualification with Harley Academy.

LIDOCAINE

A numbing agent which is included in our dermal filler solutions to reduce discomfort. Topical lidocaine may also be used in some instances, such as in a cream form prior to having lip fillers to provide extra comfort.

MARIONETTE LINES

Vertical wrinkles that form lines from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. Named after the lines seen on the jaws of wooden puppets. Find out more on our Marionette Line treatment page.

MEDICAL GRADE

“Medical grade” is frequently used to describe in-clinic treatments and skincare products. It can be a fairly controversial term as it is not regulated so is prone to mis-use for the purposes of marketing. At The Academy Clinic we use the term “medical grade” to refer to our science-backed clinical treatments which work on a deeper level than at-home cosmetic treatments.

MICRONEEDLING

A skin treatment which uses the body’s own healing mechanism to promote increased blood flow, cell turnover and to boost your skin’s collagen production. Find out more on our Microneedling treatment page.

MID-FACE

The middle third of your face. When assessing your face, aesthetics practitioners divide it up into horizontal thirds - the upper face, mid-face and lower face. The mid-face is key for facial rejuvenation as this is where age-related changes such as volume loss and sagging tend to show first. Examples of mid-face treatments include cheek filler and tear trough fillers.

MLS

Mls is short for millilitres - the standard measurement of dermal filler product. Most filler treatments will start at 1ml, with additional mls available depending on suitability and treatment goals.

MULTI AREA TREATMENT

Refers to having a number of separate cosmetic injectables, usually each targeting different areas of the face. This approach offers a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation and can provide longer lasting results. Find out more on our Multi Area Treatment page.

NASOLABIAL FOLDS

Deep wrinkles that run from the outer edges of the base of your nose down to the sides of your mouth, causing ‘folds’ which may get deeper with age. Also known as ‘smile lines’. Find out more on our Nasolabial Fold treatment page.

RETOUCH

Dermal filler product from the Juvéderm ® Vycross range. A smaller size Volift for our 0.5ml lip filler option.

SKINBOOSTERS

Hyaluronic acid-based injectable treatments designed to target skin concerns such as dullness and dehydration. The hyaluronic acid solutions used in these skin treatments have a much runnier consistency than fillers. This allows their benefits to be infused into the skin, without holding their shape or adding any volume in the way that dermal fillers do. Whilst ‘Skin Boosters’ is a brand of skinbooster, ‘skinboosters’
refers to these types of treatments from a wider range of brands. Find out more on our Skinboosters page.

STATIC WRINKLES

Wrinkles or lines that are visible, even when you are expressionless. Etched forehead lines or crow’s feet lines are examples of static wrinkles. They usually deepen with facial expressions.

TEAR TROUGHS

Under eye hollows. These sunken areas, which can be revolumised with tear trough filler treatment in suitable cases, are the opposite to eye bags. Find out more on our Tear Trough Filler page.

TRAINING CLINIC

All the aesthetics practitioners at The Academy Clinic are licensed doctors, dentists or nurses. For more information about what an aesthetics training clinic is, visit our About Us section.

UVA

Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays are associated with skin ageing. They penetrate into the dermis.

UVB

Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are associated with skin burning. They affect the epidermis.

VOLBELLA

Dermal filler product from the Juvéderm ® Vycross range. Used for hydration, fine line reduction & subtle shape definition. Smooth, dynamic and natural looking.

VOLIFT

Dermal filler product from the Juvéderm ® Vycross range. Used for more plumping and re-shaping.

VOLUMA

Dermal filler product from the Juvéderm ® Vycross range. Used for deep lift and smoothing volume in rejuvenation treatments.

VOLUX

Dermal filler product from the Juvéderm ® Vycross range. Used for sharp defining contour and sculpting the lower face.

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