Glossary

Tattoo

Permanent tattoos are markings made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment for decorative or other reasons. The markings are made with tattoo needles that are attached to needle bars that can puncture the skin at 50 to 3,000 times a minute. Non-permanents are called temporary tattoos. The tattoo piece is pressed on dry skin while a piece of wet cloth is applied to the paper backing to remove it and later, the tattoo can be washed off. 

Tear Troughs

This is the sunken area located just beneath the inner corners of the eyes. The skin in this region sags as fat redistributes with age, accentuating shadows and the appearance of dark circles and making the face look tired. Eyelid lifting tightens the skin and removes unwanted fat, but only fillers can soften and smooth out the tear trough. 

Teeth in a Day

Customized, hand-crafted dental implants or replacements that the patient can get in one day without bone grafts to replace failing or missing teeth.

Teeth Reshaping

A procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session by altering the length, shape or position of the teeth. The cosmetic dentist does this by reducing teeth a few millimeters or by adding a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate to create a beautiful smile. 

Thermage

This tightening procedure uses radio frequency to heat the deeper layers of the skin. It tightens sagging areas on the face and the body by remolding and firming up the existing collagen and stimulating collagen production. 

Thin Skin

Skin that tears easily due to aging, sun exposure, genetics, medications and certain medical conditions.

Titan

This device uses infrared light to tighten sagging skin. The deep-heating energy from the light alters the collagen in the deeper layers of the dermis and stimulates new collagen growth over time. A series of multiple treatments is required for optimal results. 

Tooth Sensitivity

Sensation felt when the nerves inside the dentin of the teeth are exposed to the environment. The sensation can range from irritation all the way to intense, shooting pain. This sensitivity can be caused by several factors, including wear, decaying teeth or exposed tooth roots.

Tooth Whitening

Any treatment procedure or method a dentist might prescribe to whiten the color and brighten the teeth. Bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, laser bleaching and natural bleaching are all methods used to whiten teeth.

Tretinoin

A drug used to treat moderate acne, wrinkles and sun damaged skin.

Tummy Tuck

This cosmetic surgery of the abdomen removes wrinkles and tightens the skin over the stomach. It removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases restores weakened or separated muscles, creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer.