dermal

adjective
der·​mal | \ˈdər-məl \

Definition of dermal 

1 : of or relating to skin and especially to the dermis : cutaneous

2 : epidermal

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The word dermal often comes up nowadays in connection with cosmetic treatments. Dermal therapy usually means restoring moisture to dry, cracked skin. Dermal fillers such as collagen can be injected to fill in acne scars or reduce wrinkles. These have now been joined by treatments like Botox, which paralyzes facial dermal muscles, again in order to reduce wrinkles (since those dermal muscles are used to form expressions). A synonym for dermal is cutaneous.

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The most popular type of dermal filler is made of hyaluronic acid and approved by the FDA (silicone is not approved for filler use). Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How Do You Remove Lip Fillers?," 9 July 2018 Novoheart’s scientists placed millions of heart cells genetically reprogrammed from stem cells into a mold along with some secret sauce: a dose of dermal fibroblasts, the cells that help your skin repair itself. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "These Beating Mini-Hearts Could Save Big Bucks—And Maybe Lives," 27 June 2018 Meanwhile, the use of botulinum toxin, like Botox or Dysport, by those under 34 has jumped 31% since 2015, while over 2 million dermal filler treatments were done in the U.S. last year alone. Lexy Lebsack, refinery29.com, "The Instagram-Famous Doctor Will See You Now," 23 June 2018 What are your thoughts on diamond dermal piercings instead of a traditional engagement ring? Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "Would You Get a Diamond Pierced into Your Finger Instead of an Engagement Ring?," 17 Mar. 2018 According to The Independent, couples are now ditching diamond rings in favor of commemorating their engagements with something slightly more permanent, a dermal piercing affixed with a traditional diamond. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Engagement Ring Dermal Piercings Are Trending On Instagram," 14 Mar. 2018 Another common black-market method is injecting a large amount of dermal fillers, which are only FDA-approved for filling in wrinkles and lines on the face and the back of the hands. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Cardi B’s Butt Injection Story Is a Reminder of How Dangerous Illegal Cosmetic Surgery Can Be," 13 Apr. 2018 However, ginger can make bruising worse after a cosmetic procedure such as dermal fillers, so avoid eating or drinking this spice and other blood-thinning foods and medications for at least 10 days before your procedure. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "Five antioxidant-rich foods to pile on your plate for better skin | Miami Herald," 2 Apr. 2018 Among her new endeavors is a gig as spokesperson for the dermal filler Restylane. Mark Abrahams, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharon Stone Reveals All," 14 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of dermal

circa 1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dermal was circa 1803

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dermal

adjective
der·​mal | \ˈdər-məl \

Kids Definition of dermal

: of or relating to skin

dermal

adjective
der·​mal | \ˈdər-məl \

Medical Definition of dermal 

1 : of or relating to skin and especially to the dermis : cutaneous

2 : epidermal

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