Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon on How a Simple Neck Lift Will Say Goodbye to Your Double Chin

One popular cosmetic surgery procedure that Dr. Terry Perkins performs in his Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center practice is minimally invasive, with long lasting effects and often can dramatically change a person’s face. It happens to be a neck lift.

The neck lift is a procedure that can help correct sagging skin and fat accumulation in the neck area – often referred to as a “double chin”. The neck lift is usually done using incisions behind the ears and a small one under the chin. Muscles are often tied to help create a “sling effect” for better support. A suspension suture is often used to give more long-lasting support to the neck. A neck lift has minimal downtown and satisfying results.
A neck lift not only redefines the chin area, it often gives a whole new look to a person’s face. Now that the excess skin is removed, their face no longer appears bottom heavy and Dr. Perkins reports that his patients who have undergone a neck lift often hear from people that they look like they have lost weight!
Many people believe that a neck lift may be something they will have to do “later” in life. Not at all true – Dr. Perkins sees patients, women and men, young and old for this procedure. People who have a “double chin” are not necessarily older and overweight. Many younger people have acquired it simply from genetics. The good news is that you can have a neck lift at any age. If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Perkins holds patient consultations in his Santa Barbara and Oxnard offices.

Call 805-563-0000 to schedule your neck lift
consultation. All surgeries are performed in a fully accredited surgical suite in Santa Barbara at Cosmetic Surgery Center.

Ask Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon Dr. Perkins – Tried & True vs. New Cosmetic Procedures

Do you have questions about a cosmetic procedure? Dr. Terry J. Perkins of Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara is happy to address any of your questions or concerns. Send us an email and we’ll be sure to feature your question soon!

Q. Dr. Perkins, I am always hearing about “new” procedures or things to re-shape a women’s body and/or remove cellulite such as specific exercises, fat-burning pills, special massages etc., How much credence do you give these and what are your recommendations to re-shape and, specifically, tighten my body after having children?
A. As a cosmetic surgeon who has been in the practice for more than 30 years, in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, I have seen lots of these fads come and go. I have also seen lots of women who are interested in re-claiming the body they had before having children. While I believe cosmetic surgery can achieve great results, I don’t want people to think that it is the only solution. I encourage women who are trying to shed extra weight after having a child to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle – make good food choices and try to exercise (always hard to do with a new baby, but walking with a stroller can be a very effective workout!). Sometimes, however, doing all of that will not tighten the belly or shrink the thighs sufficiently and that is when I can help out. Bulges is such areas can be treated with liposuction and often a mini tummy tuck can complete the procedure. The excision is done at the upper edge of the pubic hair so as to leave a minimal scar that is easily hidden with a bathing suit bottom.

I treat every patient on a case-by-case basis. If you would like a consultation in-person with me, please call our Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara office to set up an appointment at 805-563-0000.

Americans Spent $12 Billion on Cosmetic Procedures Last Year

Last month my surgical office, Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, sent out a Press Release about how people are continuing to invest in themselves, even in the economic downturn that we find ourselves in. This is happening for many reasons – one reason that I hear (and read about online) stated again and again is that many believe appearing youthful plays a role in getting hired, or keeping their current job. Especially when someone is in a position to represent the company and meet clients face to face.

It is evident that more and more people are turning to cosmetic surgery or cosmetic procedures – since 1997, cosmetic enhancements have increased an astounding 457 percent! Last year Americans spent almost $12 billion on procedures – not necessarily all surgeries. Many people choose non-surgical options for their facial rejuvenation such as fillers like Restylane or wrinkle-relaxers like Botox which gives them results without a long recovery period.
Cosmetic Surgery Center offers our patients many choices in facial and body rejuvenation. Some of our surgical procedures can be done safely and comfortably without general anesthesia – leading to a shorter recovery time. Cosmetic Surgery Center has offices in Santa Barbara and Oxnard and all surgeries are performed in a fully-accredited surgical suite in Santa Barbara.
If you are considering any plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures, call and make an appointment for a consultation – we thoroughly answer all your questions and explain all your options. We are experts in performing surgeries to give you a natural, non-operated look!

Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery: Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center Reviews Both Terms

People often use the term “plastic Surgery” to address any sort of non-medically-needed surgical enhancement. Some people even think that plastic surgery refers only to breast enhancements and face lifts. Plastic surgery covers a much broader scope than larger breasts and rejuvenated faces!

“Plastic” is derived from the word “plastikos” (Greek origin) meaning to mold or to shape – not to be confused with the polymer material plastic. In the “old days” though, and perhaps even now, people thought that surgeons actually put something “plastic” into the body.

According to Wikipedia, “Plastic surgery is a medical specialty concerned with the correction or restoration of form and function. While famous for aesthetic surgery, plastic surgery also includes a variety of fields such as craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, burn surgery, microsurgery, and reconstructive surgery.”

Cosmetic surgery, a branch of plastic surgery, deals almost purely in aesthetics. It is a surgery that is more related to form than function. Usually not medically-necessary, cosmetic surgery often has a great impact on self-esteem and self image.

Dr. Terry Perkins
from Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group in Santa Barbara is a dedicated cosmetic surgeon. He believes that helping someone feel better about themselves has an impact in the world we live in. When someone is happy and content, these feelings shine through to others whether it be in the form of casual interactions to intense relationships.

Dr. Perkins offers a variety of cosmetic surgeries ranging from non-invasive to full fledged surgical procedures such as face lifts or focusing on a specific part of the face such as rhinoplasty (nose), chin, neck, eye, forehead or ear surgeries. He also does body contouring through liposuction and tummy tucks. Using a combination of the most advanced technology and surgical techniques, Dr. Perkins is an expert in performing surgeries resulting in a natural, rested, “non-operated” look.

Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group has offices in Santa Barbara and Oxnard.

Natural Face Lift by Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins of Santa Barbara

Dr. Terry J. Perkins of Cosmetic Surgery Center, with locations in Santa Barbara and Oxnard, specializes in aesthetic and facial surgery. Dr. Perkins prides himself on giving his patients a natural, “non-operated” look.

Normally people seeking a face lift are addressing issues such as skin laxity in the cheek and neck. Dr. Perkins repositions, refines and supports deep tissues to tighten the skin.

A full face lift may not be the option for you – and if that his the case, there are other minimally and non-invasive options available such as:

Cheek/Neck lift: Done through small incisions with a shorter healing time; however results typically do not last as long

Total Tightening: An exclusive protocol created by Dr. Perkins, these are two top non-invasive skin tightening procedures on the market today and performed at his medi-spa, Evolutions.

If you are thinking about a face lift or a less invasive facial procedure, we encourage you to come in for a consultation. Dr. Perkins will answer all of your questions and outline your options. Visit the Cosmetic Surgery Center website for Before-and-After face lift pictures!

Ask Dr. Perkins – FAQs about Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara and Oxnard, Dr. Terry J. Perkins hears some questions about cosmetic and plastic surgery a lot! Here are a few of the most popular questions and Dr. Perkins’ answers:

Q. How long has Dr. Perkins been in practice?
A. I have been serving the Tri-county area and beyond since 1978.
Q. How much does surgery cost?
A. Costs depend on the procedure(s) performed. A written quotation is given to you at the time of your consultation.
Q. Do you have payment plans?
A. Yes. Through Care Credit.

Q. Do I have to go under general anesthesia?

A. No. Virtually all facial and body liposuction surgeries can be comfortably and safely done using local anesthesia and conscious sedation.

Q. How long do I have to wait from the consultation to the day of surgery?
A. Generally, your surgery can be scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks.

Q. Do I need to lose weight before a facelift or liposuction?
A. In facial procedures weight loss before surgery has no major benefit other than general health. But getting your weight under control is good before body liposuction.

Q. Is there a lot of pain associated with surgery?
A. Most facial procedures (including full face lifts) and body contouring surgeries have remarkably little pain that can be easily controlled with oral medication.

Q. How much time do I need to take off after surgery?
A. Depending on the procedure done, most patients are able to return to work in one week or less.

If you have additional questions, contact Cosmetic Surgery Center for a consultation. We have locations in Santa Barbara and Oxnard. Surgery is performed in Santa Barbara in a fully-accredited surgical suite.

Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon on Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Body Contouring Procedures

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, one procedure that many people inquire about is liposuction. Liposuction improves the contours of the arms, legs, torso and breasts by removing excess fat and/or skin or adding fat to areas where it is needed. Usually the procedure is done through small incisions in the skin.

For many people, the most common problem is the upper arm. If fat is the main issue, it can be treated with liposuction without skin removal. In some cases, the excess skin may need to be removed – if it is a small amount, often the removal can be confined to or near the armpit, with minimal or no scar visibility.
Another problem area that people face is the abdomen. These bulges can almost always be treated with liposuction with the small incisions usually hidden in the navel, public hair or under the bikini line. If skin needs to be removed, a “mini tummy tuck” is often sufficient where the scar will lie at the upper edge of the pubic hair. On a more full scale tummy tuck, the incision will be extended out to the sides with the abdominal muscles sewn together to further flatten the abdomen.

Lastly, many people find fat accumulation in the inner and outer thighs (saddlebag area) which can also be treated with liposuction. The incisions are hidden in the pubic hair and buttock creases. If skin removal is needed for the inner thigh, the incision line should lie in the groin and upper thigh with little visibility.
It is important to point out that liposuction is a body contouring, not a weight loss procedure. Patients are encouraged to have their weight under control before liposuction. We perform liposuction, tummy tucks and more at our fully-accredited surgical suite at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara.

If you have questions, we encourage you to take the time to schedule a consultation at either our Santa Barbara office, 805-563-0000, or our Oxnard office, 805-988-1000.

Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon Sees Clients Continuing to Invest in Plastic Surgery in Tough Economy

In a slow economy, people are cutting back on expenditures such as mid-morning lattes, personal trainers or housekeepers. Interestingly enough, however, plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery may not be getting hit as hard as other businesses.

“People live to a ripe old age these days and want to look as young as they feel,” said Dr. Terry J. Perkins, a Santa Barbara, CA cosmetic surgeon and owner of Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group based in Santa Barbara, California. “In addition, the slim job market encourages people of retirement age (who cannot afford to retire) to compete with younger professionals and put their best face forward – literally.”

“I have met many people that are confident at what they do, but not at how they look,” continues Dr. Perkins. “And this lack of confidence can show through in an interview or in the workplace. I have seen firsthand how making someone feel more comfortable with their aesthetic appearance has greatly improved their confidence and upped their self-esteem.”

Dr. Perkins has been practicing aesthetic cosmetic surgery in the tri-counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo for over 30 years. For people looking for aesthetic enhancements with less downtime, Dr. Perkins provides a number of non-invasive options for skin rejuvenation. He was part of a group of select doctors picked to conduct a study leading to the approval of Botox Cosmetic.

“With such an unpredictable stock market these days, people are finding that an investment in themselves provides unlimited, almost immediate, returns,” said Dr. Perkins. People can make their own coffee, exercise without a personal trainer and clean their own house, but removing bags under their eyes or erasing wrinkles is not so easy to accomplish without the help of a medical professional, which is exactly why Dr. Perkins, and other cosmetic and plastic surgeons, are still feeling secure in this economy.

Professionals never have a second chance to make a first impression and in tough economic times, aesthetic enhancements can boost appearance, confidence and for some, a competitive professional edge.

Ask Dr. Perkins – Non-surgical Cosmetic Procedures Reviewed: Botox & Fillers

Q. Hi Dr. Perkins! I have a wedding that I am going to be in next month and I want to know if there are any options that provide fast results for me to look “refreshed” and more youthful? And if so, how permanent are they?

A. There are! While next month is too soon for any surgical options, we offer alternatives such as Botox and fillers for your lines and wrinkles. Often people think Botox and fillers (such as Restylane) are interchangeable and I want to clarify that they are different.

Botox treats the muscle and the effect that the muscle has on the skin. It is usually used on moderate to severe frown lines and works by reducing the contractions of the muscles that cause persistent frown lines. It is injectable by a physician and you results can be seen within a few days after treatment. Botox lasts up to four months and if use is discontinued the frown lines will gradually look as they appeared before.

A filler, Restylane – one that we use – is an injectable gel used to restore your skin’s volume, revitalizing your appearance and creating softness. The most common areas treated with a filler are the nasolabial folds (from the nose to the angle of the mouth), lips for enhancement, cheeks and chins, back of the hands, décolletage, and between the eyebrows (the glabellar lines). Depending on skin type, lifestyle and age, the filler may last up to six months.

It is recommended that a medically qualified practitioner inject these.

Schedule a consultation appointment to discuss all your options. Perhaps Botox or Restylane is what we can do for you in the short term and in the long term we offer more permanent solutions such as facial cosmetic surgery. We operate out of a fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical suite in Santa Barbara. Contact us for more information!

Ask Dr. Perkins – Santa Barbara and Oxnard Cosmetic Surgeon

Q. Dear Dr. Perkins, I thought I was ready for plastic surgery, but the more I read, the more doubts I have. My friends think that I’m not quite ready for surgery. Should I wait to come in for a consultation until I am sure that I am ready?

A. Great question. Plastic surgery, whether you live in Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Arizona or anywhere is a very personal choice and a life decision. It is best to make decisions based on options, so I suggest you come in for a consultation to address your specific concerns so they can be evaluated and a overall plan discussed with you. These days, there are so many non-surgical options that can be used to postpone the need for surgery that I like to talk to patients about too.

I perform cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara, Ca and Oxnard, Ca and I founded Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara to offer the latest surgical alternatives, technology and innovative cosmetic surgery choices to women and men wanting to improve their personal appearance. There are a lot of options when it comes to enhancement – a consultation is a great way to help facilitate your cosmetic choices.

Keep posting questions and remember, the more you know, the better decisions you will make about plastic surgery.

Terry J. Perkins, M.D., is a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery, skin rejuvenation, and body contouring. He has been serving Santa Barbara and the Tri-Counties since 1978. Dr. Perkins is constantly looking for new ways to better serve his patients and has a long history of being on the cutting edge of aesthetic technology. He was the first specialist in the Santa Barbara-Ventura area to offer the liposuction surgical procedure as well as the first to make use of fat injection techniques for correcting body contour deficiencies. In 1999, Dr. Perkins was selected to be one of only 16 doctors in the United States to conduct a study leading to the FDA approval of Botox for cosmetic uses.