Cosmetic Surgery – Facelifts, Body Contouring, Tummy Tucks – Up in 2010

U.S. News and World Report published an article yesterday stating that in 2010 cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. were up 5% from 2009. Five percent may sound like a small increase, until you read that there were over 13.1 million procedures done: 1.6 million were cosmetic surgical procedures while 11.6 million were minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures such as the popular anti-wrinkle treatments of Botox, Dsyport and dermal fillers.

Facelifts jumped by 9% last year, for a total of 113,000 facelift procedures performed. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins specializes in aesthetic facial rejuvenation, offering patients an option to look their best, in a natural way.

The article also states that body contouring – through surgery and liposuction – also increased, partially due to patients who have lost a large amount of weight through bariatric surgeries. Dr. Perkins also performs Santa Barbara liposuction and body contouring for arms, legs, abdomen, and breasts. Body contouring removes excess fat (and sometimes skin) to give the body improved contours.

With the Spring season right around the corner, now is a great time to get your body in it’s optimal state. Dr. Perkins performs cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara at his practice – Cosmetic Surgery Center – located near to Cottage Hospital. Call 805.563.0000 for a Santa Barbara plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Perkins.

Liposuction in Santa Barbara by Dr. Terry Perkins of Cosmetic Surgery Center

Living in a coastal town, like Santa Barbara, where many months of the year can be spent on the beach or at the pool wearing warm-weather clothes and bathing suits, can make people very body-conscious about how their body looks and feels. Everyone is built differently and as we go through the natural progression of life, we watch how all of our bodies change through events such as having children, working at a sedentary job, or simply a slowing metabolism that comes with aging. Sometimes this change can be hard to undo, even with the help of a professional fitness trainer and a rigid nutrition plan. That is when people begin to explore other options to help sculpt, or in some cases re-claim, their body. One such option that we offer at Cosmetic Surgery Center is liposuction.

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is a body procedure that Dr. Perkins does to improve the contours of the arms, legs, and torso by removing excess fat, and sometimes excess skin. Many common areas of concern are the upper arms, the inner thighs and outer thighs (“saddlebags”) and the abdomen. Dr. Perkins has worked on all these areas and shares some of his before-and-after liposuction pictures on the Cosmetic Surgery Center website. For your convenience, we’ve provided links to the following:
Most of the liposuction procedures can be done comfortably with local anesthesia combined with oral sedation, making the recovery for the patient easier. In addition to that, Dr. Perkins can offer post-operative care and treatment at Evolutions Medical Spa, where he is the founder and medical director.

Dr. Perkins has practiced in Santa Barbara for over 30 years in the field of cosmetic surgery – specifically aesthetic facial surgery and body contouring through liposuction. A consultation can be booked by calling Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000. Read more about your visit to 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.