Glossary

Hair Removal

Hair removal includes a range of treatments used to remove unwanted hair from the body. Methods of hair removal range from a depilatory or shaving, waxing, threading and finally laser treatments. It's important to consider the recovery period, duration of the treatment, cost and, of course, the area of your body from which hair is being removed.

Hair Restoration

Hair restoration involves restoring natural hair growth through either surgical or nonsurgical options. Nonsurgical options include topical treatments such as Rogaine as well as prescription treatments such as Propecia. The most effective method of hair restoration is a hair transplant.

Hair Transplant

A hair transplant is a surgical procedure in which hair follicles are removed from a donor site and transplanted onto areas where hair loss is occurring. One type of hair transplant surgery is called follicular unit extraction (FUE), which is a tedious and time-consuming process, in which the doctor has to harvest and remove follicles from hairy parts of the head and body, then punch out the tiny hair follicles needed for the transplant. The process also involves having to guess where the follicle lives—slicing the wrong location can lose the follicle forever. An older, tried-and-true method, known as the strip technique, involves removing a strip of hair and separating it into smaller units for the transplant. The drawback to this method is that it can sometimes leave a scar on the back of the head and it usually requires more recovery time.

Healthy Skin

Healthy skin is smooth, with no breaks in the surface. It is warm (not hot or red) and neither dry and flaky nor moist and wrinkled. Healthy skin is a mirror of a healthy body.

Heart-Shaped Butt

The heart- or A-shaped butt (picture a heart upside down) is typically considered the prettiest and most desirable shape. Because of the smaller waist and bigger hips, it comes closest to the universally ideal waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7.

Hyaluronic Acid

This substance is naturally present in the human body and is found in the highest concentrations in fluids in the eyes and joints. The hyaluronic acid that is used as medicine is extracted from rooster combs or made by bacteria in the laboratory. Hyaluronic acid is used for various joint disorders, including osteoarthritis. It can be taken by mouth or injected into the affected joint by a healthcare professional. It is also used as a facial filler in plastic surgery. Some people apply hyaluronic acid to the skin for healing wounds, burns, skin ulcers and as a moisturizer. Recently, hyaluronic acid has been used to prevent the effects of aging. However, there is no evidence to support the claim that taking it by mouth or applying it to the skin can prevent changes associated with aging.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

A natural substance found in our bodies. It is well suited to plump thin lips and fill facial creases such as nasolabial folds. It may also be appropriate for some surface wrinkles and concave scars. The results may last six months or longer.

Hyaluronidase

This enzyme lowers the viscosity of hyaluronic acid, thereby increasing tissue permeability. It is, therefore, used in medicine in conjunction with other drugs to speed their dispersion and delivery. Hyaluronidase may have the potential to speed resorption by breaking up nonanimal, stabilized hyaluronic acid gel; therefore it can fix mistakes of overusing facial fillers.

HybriSil

A topical product for preventing and treating scars resulting from surgery, burns or injury. HybriSil™ is safe and effective for improving the appearance of raised, hypertrophic, or keloid scars. It is formulated with one percent methylprednisolone acetate, to help relieve the corticosteroid responsive symptoms of scars.

Hydrelle

The first dermal filler used to treat facial wrinkles, that combines hyaluronic acid with lidocaine anaesthetic, meaning the injections are made less painful and the overall procedure is more comfortable for the patient. The makers of Hydrelle claim that the dermal filler injection is around half the size of a typical filler injection. This means that fewer injections will be needed around a wrinkle site. Hydrelle is also cheaper than other dermal filler alternatives.

Hydrogen Peroxide

An oxidizer commonly used as a bleach, hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in organisms as a by-product of oxidative metabolism. It is also used in the production of many beauty products, teeth whiteners and household cleaners because it is a natural antiseptic, used to kill harmful bacteria.

Hydroquinone

Used as a topical application in skin whitening to reduce the color of skin. Considered by dermatologists to be a safer, similarly effective (if not more so), and less expensive option than lasers or deep peel treatments against sun- or hormone-induced melasma (dark skin discoloration).

Hyperpigmentation

This common, usually harmless condition occurs when patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin.