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Back to 30® has compiled this glossary of skin care terms to help you understand the treatments that are frequently used throughout our Upstate South Carolina, serving Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Simpsonville, and Boiling Springs. As you become acquainted with these terms and the procedures they describe, please note that there is no guarantee of specific results. Results can vary for each individual.


Alpha-and-beta-hydroxy Skin-aiding acids that can reduce skin discoloration, improve acne-related issues, and reduce signs of aging.
Amino acids Amino acids make up proteins, which in turn make up the tissues of the body. Used in our Skinny Shots, many of these acids can aid in weight loss, especially when combined with dietary plans.
Anti-oxidant therapy Used to fight oxidation, which is a chemical reaction that damages cells.


Botanicals Plant-based products used in many of our Back to 30® Take Home Treatments.
BOTOX® Cosmetic Botulinum toxin injections are FDA-approved to paralyze certain muscles, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Brotox A nickname used for the increasingly popular use of BOTOX Cosmetic injections for men.


Chemical Peel Chemical peels rejuvenate the face by helping you shed the damaged outermost layers of skin. They range from mild to strong, depending on your needs.
Choline Assists in the metabolic process by helping you increase your energy levels and convert carbs and fat into energy.
Clear + Brilliant® Clear  + Brilliant uses laser technology to reverse signs of aging by triggering your body’s healing processes and encouraging cell production.
Collagen A protein that makes up the framework of healthy skin cells, stores moisture that makes your skin smooth and supple, and contributes to a youthful appearance. We can administer a Collagen Bomb to trigger rapid collagen production.
CoolSculpting® A non-surgical alternative to liposuction. During treatment, a device will freeze and kill fat cells, which are then naturally expelled by the body.
Cyanocobalamin A form of vitamin B12 that helps promote healthy cell function and boost your metabolism.


Dermaplaning During dermaplaning, a special surgical blade is moved over the skin to remove dead skin cells and facial hairs. It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles in as little as 30 minutes.
DermaSweep DermaSweep is a non-surgical rejuvenation treatment during which a gentle wand and vacuum gently and safely remove old skin, sweep away damaged skin cells, and reduce signs of aging.


Emblica Fruit ExtractA natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that inhibits melanin production and helps create consistent skin tone.


Humectants Used to keep moisture locked in the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid This acid is a key ingredient in many of our Take Home Treatments. It is capable of binding 1,800 times its weight in water for moisture retention, improved collagen production levels, and boosted skin suppleness.


Inositol Used in Skinny Shots, this sugar prevents fat from gathering in the liver and can also improve focus, regulate your serotonin levels, and relieve anxiety.
IPL Photorejuvenation IPL photorejuvenation uses computer-controlled light therapy to treat sun spots, wrinkles, and other blemishes.


JUVÉDERM® Our offices use several products by JUVÉDERM including ULTRA, ULTRA+, VOLUMA, VOLBELLA, and VOLLURE XC. These dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and does not cause allergic reactions.


KYBELLA® KYBELLA is an injected treatment used to destroy fat cells in problematic areas including under the chin.


LATISSE® An FDA-approved topical treatment for clients with insufficient or short lashes. It has been clinically proven to increase the lifespan of hair to help you achieve longer, fuller, and darker lashes.
Leucine and L-Lysine Used in our Skinny Shots, these acids can help build muscle mass and promote liver health.
Lipotropic Injections Also referred to as Skinny Shots, these are the fastest fat-burning injections on the market. They work by catalyzing the breakdown of fat during metabolism.


Melasma Also known as "pregnancy mask," this condition causes dark splotchy spots on face. It can be treated with IPL photorejuvenation and other treatments designed for pregnant women.
Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion removes your outermost layers of skin to reveal softer, smoother skin. We offer a conservative form of this exfoliation treatment called DermaSweep®.
Microneedling Microneedling can target lines, wrinkles, and scars. Through thousands of microscopic pinpricks, it uses the body's healing abilities to rejuvenate skin with no downtime.
Methionine Methionine is an essential amino acid that assists with fat elimination and increased metabolism and energy. We incorporate this acid in our Skinny Shots. It also helps produce creatine, which aids muscle movement and improves athletic performance.


NuCell Typically used in combination with DermaSweep, NuCell improves dull skin. It also increases growth factors, peptides, ceramides, and antioxidants.


Parabens, Phthalates, and Sulphates Preservatives and agents that are not used in our line of Back to 30® products.
Peptides A compound containing two or more amino acids.
Polydioxane (PDO) A biodegradable polymer used to create the absorbable sutures used for thread lifts.
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Used as an add-on to microneedling treatments, PRP helps build collagen and rejuvenates the skin.
PRP Treatment A PRP treatment involves taking a small amount of blood from your arm to create platelet-rich plasma, which is injected or applied into the face to rejuvenate the skin without the need for surgery.


Retinol Used in many of our Take Home Treatments including Hello Retinol!, retinol is clinically proven to stimulate collagen production and promote healthier skin.


Skinny Shots Skinny shots are one of the fastest-acting fat burning injectable treatments available today, and can be an alternative to weight loss surgery.


Thread Lift (PDO) A PDO thread lift is a minimally invasive alternative to a facelift which uses synthetic, absorbable sutures to stimulate collagen production and lift your tissue. We use FDA-approved NovaTreads.
TNS Advanced+® TNS® is a patented blend of growth factors found in SkinMedica products.
Tripolar RF Tripolar RF is a procedure that enhances the definition of facial and body contours using radiofrequency technology to metabolize fat and promote collagen production.


Ultherapy® Ultherapy is a treatment for loose, sagging skin that uses ultrasound to tighten the skin using a handheld ultrasound instrument.


VelaShape® VelaShape is a non-surgical body contouring procedure that can reduce the appearance of cellulite in three to six sessions by delivering infrared light, radio frequency waves, and vacuum energy to targeted treatment areas.
Vitamin E Protects against inflammation.
Vitamin B5 Restores suppleness and moisture to your skin.
Vitamin B12 This vitamin helps promote proper function of your circulatory and nervous systems. B12 injections can boost production of red blood cells and improve your mood, energy, and concentration. The injections remain in your system longer than a daily supplement because the vitamin is water soluble.
Vitamin C Improves hydration and moisture in the skin. Vitamin C also promotes collagen production, expedites healing, reduces skin depigmentation, and protects you from sun damage.

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