Glossary

PDS Flexible Plate

A device for use in nasal reconstructive, soft-tissue and cartilage surgery, PDS Flexible Plate supports the nasal structures until regrowth of cartilage and scar tissue stabilizes the cartilage fragments fixed to the PDS Flexible Plate. 

Pearl Laser

Laser that uses a unique light wavelength, along with heat, to treat sun damage, uneven texture, brown spots, and fine lines without the downtime, risk, or repetitive treatments. The manufacturers say this can be achieved with only one or two 20-minute treatments with downtime of just three to four days.

Pelleve
A radio-frequency delivery system that painlessly heats the facial skin cells in order to improve collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while generally tightening up loose skin.
Perlane

This injectable cosmetic dermal filler has been used to soften wrinkles and facial lines of individuals. It is also a popular filler for lip augmentation, facial depressions, and facial scarring. It is composed of hyaluronic acid in a clear gel form, a natural substance that has been synthesized to be safe, nonallergenic and completely degradable, so there's no need for pre-testing. Perlane is made up of larger molecules and injected deeper in the skin than Restylane. This means that Perlane can easily fill in deep skin wrinkles, scars and creases more efficiently than Restylane (which is better for treating fine lines).

Perlane-L

This injectable cosmetic dermal filler, consisting of hyaluronic acid, has been used to soften wrinkles and facial lines of individuals. Perlane-L contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, making the injections less painful than with the original Perlane.

Perma Facial Implant

This soft, solid silicone elastomer, is made by using an injection molding process to produce a naturally contoured implant with a smooth, non-porous surface. The implant cannot rupture or deflate, and may be removed at any time. Perma Facial Implants offer a permanent alternative to repetitive, costly and painful filler injections, and strives to overcome the potential complications of permanent injectable and solid implants. Perma Facial Implant is reversible. 

Permanent Dermal Fillers

The components of these dermal fillers do not naturally break down over a period of time after injection. They offer all of the advantages of soft tissue fillers (filling in smile lines), with the added feature of permanence. The downside is the body and face will change over time; whereas a permanent filler cannot.

Photodynamic Theraphy/Technology

This medical treatment uses a photosensitizing drug (a drug that becomes activated by light exposure) and a light source to activate the applied drug. It is used to treat certain types of cancers, acne, rosacea, sun damage, fine lines and blotchy pigmentation.

Photomology

This technology uses a combination of laser, vacuum and mechanical rollers to treat cellulite. Photomology requires multiple treatments (a series of 8-10 ten-minute sessions) at around $2,000 for a series, and the results are temporary.

Photorejuvenation

Series of gentle laser treatments that stimulate new collagen, smooth fine wrinkles and diminish the appearance of age spots, broken capillaries and rosacea. 

Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

The medical term given to discoloration of the skin that follows an inflammatory wound (such as acne). It is the skin's natural response to inflammation. PIH presents itself as a flat area of discoloration on the skin (macule) ranging from pink to red, purple, brown or black, depending on your skin tone and depth of the discoloration.

Premature Aging

A condition, occurring before the age of 45, in which skin is not firm, supple and smooth, with more than just a few wrinkles and sagging. In this condition, wrinkles first show up as fine haphazard lines all over the face and not just in the eye area; skin will feel dull, and dry, like leather and it sags and has deep discolorations. Poor circulation is also evident, making the skin malnourished. Genetics and external factors such as sun damage, repetitive facial expressions, gravity, sleeping positions and smoking prematurely age the skin.

Prescription-strength Retinoids

Powerful exfoliators, and a derivative of vitamin A, that give the skin radiance. They stimulate the skin to generate collagen and hyaluronic acid, two of the main components of the dermis, which give skin firmness and fullness, while also preventing lines and wrinkles that haven't yet formed. Retinoids can also help fade patches of hyperpigmentation and are highly effective in decreasing oil production.

Prevalle Silk

A hyaluronic acid injectable dermal filler that smoothes lines, folds and wrinkles. It contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to prevent discomfort during injections. The 30-minute procedure provides immediate results with little or no down time.

Primaeva

This company is known for developing devices for dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other cosmetic/aesthetic physicians. They are in the process of introducing a groundbreaking fractional radiofrequency system designed for the predictable treatment of aging skin. 

Pulsed Dye Laser

Laser used to treat various cancers as well as port wine stains and other vascular lesions. They emit high-energy laser light in ultrashort pulse durations with relatively long intervening time periods between each pulse. The pulsed dye laser is considered the laser of choice for most vascular lesions because of its superior clinical efficacy and low risk profile. It has a large spot size (5 to 10mm) allowing large lesions to be treated quickly. Side effects include postoperative bruising that may last one to two weeks and transient pigmentary changes. Crusting, textural changes and scarring are rarely seen. 

PurTox

A refined form of botulinum toxin A, used for reducing wrinkles on the forehead, smoothing out the skin and even getting rid of laugh lines in the short-term. Researchers claim, however, that PurTox is a purer form of Botox, which means results are expected to be more effective, both in the immediate effect on the treated area and in the overall duration of the treatment.