Forehead Lift Plastic Surgery Renews Your Look

At the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara many of our patients come to see us because they feel their appearance has changed. The patients describe their look as “tired”, “sad” or “angry” when that is not how they feel. In many of these cases, relaxation of the forehead is the culprit. The heaviness in the forehead causes the eyebrows to lower and the eyes become crowded. When this happens, a person can appear tired, sad, or angry. If this is the case, a Forehead Lift – also known as a “Brow Lift” – can be done to renew their look.

The benefits of a forehead lift are multiple:

  1. The eyebrows are raised to their normal position which opens the eyes and “removes” excess upper lid skin. (Try this in the mirror and see the difference!)
  2. The horizontal forehead lines are smoothed.
  3. The frown lines between your eyebrows are removed / softened.
  4. Crow’s feet are improved by tightening the temporal area.
A forehead lift surgery is done through three small incisions in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved). The muscles that cause frowning are partially removed which causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some normal function for expression. The forehead tissues are shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures for the healing process.
Patients are surprised that general anesthesia is not needed. A combination of local anesthesia and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous solution, provides relaxation and amnesia. Pain is controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen and is usually minimal. Most people take 5 to 7 days off work after the surgery.

The forehead lift plastic surgery will leave you looking natural, rested, and “non-operated”. Pictured below are before and after pictures of a forehead lift patient of Dr. Perkins.

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View more before and after forehead lift pictures here.

If you are tired of looking tired, call our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office at (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation appointment to renew your appearance. 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center Review

At our Santa Barbara plastic surgery practice, we strive to help every person look their best and love to hear feedback from our patients. Thank you for this kind testimonial:

Dr. Perkins was able to help me where diet and fitness alone could not. After having children I was left with split abdominal muscles and surgery was the only way it could be repaired. From my first exam to my post surgery care, I always felt like Dr. Perkins and his staff gave me the best care. Best of all, I’m so pleased with the results! 

— JH, Santa Barbara




Happy Thanksgiving from the Cosmetic Surgery Center

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and relaxing holiday weekend!


New Permanent Filler Bellafill in Santa Barbara

Dermal fillers are one of the most common and popular aesthetic treatments done worldwide. Restylane, Restylane Lyft (formerly Perlane), Juvederm, Voluma and Radiesse are some of the well-known fillers available today. Fillers are used to restore volume to an aging face, correct imperfections such as acne scars and wrinkles, and are also used to enhance features (cheeks, lips, jawline). The result of a filler treatment is seen instantaneously and last 6 months or more. The drawback of most fillers are that they are not permanent.
The good news is that there is a new permanent injectable fillerBellafill – now available in the USA and at our Cosmetic Surgery Center practice.
What is Bellafill and how does it work?
Bellafill is composed of a collagen “carrier” and PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres. The collagen immediately adds volume to the skin for correction while the PMMA microspheres create a matrix that supports your body’s own collagen production in the skin for lasting improvement.
Is Bellafill safe?
Bellafill has been proven safe through 5 years for correction of nasolabial folds or smile lines in the largest and longest prospective dermal filler study ever completed.
What do people have to say about Bellafill?
In a consumer survey, 91% of patients were likely to recommend Bellafill. In a 5-year-post-approval study, 83% of patients said they were “satisfied to very satisfied” with their correction at the end of 5 years.
Actual Bellafill patient (from left to right: Baseline, 3 months, 5 years)
If you are looking to turn back the clock or treat skin imperfections without surgery, dermal fillers are an excellent option. At our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice we offer Restylane, Restylane Lyft (formerly Perlane), Juvederm, Voluma, Radiesse, and the new permanent filler, Bellafill.
Call us today (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation to discuss which dermal filler would be best for you. 


Santa Barbara Facelift Surgery Review

At our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice, we highly value any input from our patients. It is especially nice to receive notes such as this one (referring to myself, Dr. Perkins, and Nancy, my nurse):

It has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with you both. For me it was a real privilege to have a facelift done by two experienced, professional, and artistic people. You were both so caring and supportive. Thank you for being such wonderful human beings.  


If you are interested in plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, schedule a consultation by calling my office at (805) 563-0000.


Santa Barbara Plastic Surgery by Dr. Perkins

I have been practicing plastic surgery in Santa Barbara for more than three decades. I grew up in Santa Barbara and returned after my medical training to serve the Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. I have done many facial cosmetic surgeries and body contouring liposuction procedures and I treat each patient uniquely – as I believe there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cosmetic surgery.

What bothers you? 
When I first meet a patient, this is the first question that I ask. I think that it is important to address a patient’s concerns and to educate them as to why they are having these problems.

Formulate a treatment plan.
After my patient has a good understanding of why these problems are occurring, together we formulate a treatment plan that will address the concerns and be affordable.

I specialize in the following facial rejuvenation procedures:

I also specialize in body contouring liposuction procedures for the arms, abdomen, and legs.
If you would like to schedule a plastic surgery consultation, call my office at (805) 563-0000.

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In The News: Plastic Surgery and Meg Ryan

CSC_Cosmetic_Surgery_Santa_BarbaraActress Meg Ryan was a presenter at the Tony’s on Sunday evening and the news has been abuzz about her appearance. Did she have plastic surgery? Did she have fillers? Did she do Botox? There has been a lot of speculation and I am not going to add to it. As a plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara who has been practicing for more than 3 decades, I feel that people – celebrities or not – who have cosmetic surgery or aesthetic treatments have a right to their privacy on the matter. Some people chose to share their experience openly and others chose not to. So be it.

Plenty of my patients wish to have their plastic surgery procedure remain private. I am often asked, “How can I get something done without looking like I’ve had something done?” Great question! My answer includes discussing my goal of facial rejuvenation which has remained the same through the years, even when operated appearance “looks” were “in”.  My priority is to improve the appearance while maintaining a natural result. The second part of my answer includes discussing the options that the patient has. Sometimes a full face lift surgery may be recommended for the best result, but there are other times where minimally-invasive procedures and/or aesthetic treatments such as dermal fillers and Botox, can resolve the patient’s concerns. We believe that educating the patient on their surgical choices truly helps them (and us) select a treatment plan that will best fit their needs and expectations.

The facial rejuvenation surgeries offered at our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center include:

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If you are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment for a facial cosmetic surgery that looks natural and “non-operated” call my office at (805) 563-0000. 

Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Barbara and Your Safety

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we strive to meet the needs of each individual patient. At a consultation, we will listen to your concerns and will make sure that we understand them. We then educate you on your options (there is usually more than one way to solve a “problem” area). When the surgery date arrives, both you and our staff will know what is going to be done and we will have the same understanding of the expected outcome. In our decades of performing plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, we have had no “surprises”. Our patients know what to expect from the surgery, recovery, and the result.

CSC_joint-commission-gold-sealJust as we give our patients a detail-oriented understanding of their plastic surgery process, we are also as meticulous about the “behind-the-scenes” part of our cosmetic surgery practice. In fact, our operating facility recently received a re-accreditation from the Joint Commission (we go though the process every 3 years, the maximum accreditation given). The Joint Commission is a quality assessment body that surveys nearly 21,000 health care organizations (such as hospitals) in the United States.

This rigorous and thorough inspection examines our current standards, processes, policies and procedures. Receiving an accreditation and certification by the Joint Commission is a symbol of quality that reflects our organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

In other words, when you have plastic surgery at our practice, you are receiving the safest, highest quality health care in our setting. 

Schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation by calling us at (805) 563-0000. 

Plastic Surgery for Men in Santa Barbara

There aren’t as many articles and blog posts about men having plastic surgery (versus women) but in the last 5 to 7 years, the number of men who have gotten plastic surgery has increased by more than 40%. Men may share less publicly about their plastic surgery experience, but the reality is that they are getting it done.

Most of the men I have seen are interested in plastic surgery for facial rejuvenation, body contouring, or the desire to enhance their appearance. Here are the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men in my Santa Barbara plastic surgery practice.

Facial Rejuvenation for Men
I have heard from many men that the workplace can be competitive. Looking more youthful, especially when interviewing for a job or going up for a promotion, often works in the candidates favor. These two surgeries can rejuvenate an appearance, without looking “done”:

  • Forehead Lift. Relaxation of the forehead tissue can result in a heaviness of the upper lids. This can make the person appear tired or unhappy. A Forehead lift repositions the forehead and brow upward to re-open the eyes, which often changes the appearance of the person to more approachable and happy. 
  • Eyelid Lift. Sagging skin, dark circles, and fat bulges around the eyes can make you appear older and tired. Eyelid surgery can correct these problems to give you a more rested and pleasant appearance.
Body Contouring for Men
Liposuction is an effective way to remove fat and improve body contouring (note that it is not a weight loss procedure). For men, abdominal liposuction can effectively treat the “love handles” and other areas that are tough to work off. 
Appearance Enhancement for Men
Some men are just interested in improving their facial appearance. Two of the most popular surgeries are:
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery). This surgery can change the external shape of the nose. It can get rid of bumps or correct asymmetry. Nasal surgery can also be done to correct breathing function.
  • Chin Augmentation. A “weak” chin can create facial imbalance in relation to other features of the face. Chin augmentation can be done using a custom implant to create more balance with the features. If the issue is a prominent chin, it can be reduced by removing some bone or soft tissue. 
I specialize in performing cosmetic surgeries that give a natural, rested, “non-operated” look. My clients – men and women – often say that after their surgery they receive many positive compliments on their appearance, without people guessing that they have had work “done”. 

If you are interested in plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, call my office (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation today. 

Plastic Surgery Trends in 2015

Last week the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released plastic surgery statistics report for 2015. These statistics included surgical and minimally-invasive procedures such as laser skin treatments, Botox, and chemical peels.

In a press release by the ASPS, they stated that “Since 2000, overall procedures have risen 115 percent, but the types of procedures patients are choosing are changing.

Last year there were 1,706,106 plastic surgery procedures performed in the US (up 2% from 2014).

Here are the top 10 cosmetic surgery procedures of 2015 (and how they compared to 2014):

Minimally-invasive procedures for cosmetic purposes topped the charts at 14,202,224 procedures in 2015 (up 2% from 2014 and up 158% from 2000). The top 5 minimally-invasive procedures were:
View the 2015 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Statistics Report here
If you are interested in plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, contact my office at 805-563-0000 to schedule a consultation. If you are interested in minimally-invasive procedures, contact my Santa Barbara medical spa – Evolutions – at 805-687-0212.