Popular Facial Rejuvenation Procedures

Facial rejuvenation – surgical and non-invasive – is on the rise, according to 2016 Plastic Surgery Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

It is not surprising that many people are seeking facial rejuvenation as most of us are living longer, healthier lives and more of our lives are being captured on camera at any given time (and posted on social media for all to see). Here are several popular facial rejuvenation options that are on the rise (and that are done at our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center practice).

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

In 2016 over 209,000 people had eyelid surgery. Eyes are often the first thing people notice and they can convey so much. When sagging skin or fat bulges appear, they can dramatically affect a person’s overall appearance, making them look tired, unhappy, or unapproachable when they are not. Eyelid surgery – which can be done on the upper eyelid, lower eyelid (or both) – will restore the appearance around the eyes to give you a well-rested (but not “done”) look.

Forehead Lift Surgery

Forehead lift surgery went up by 6% in 2016. The Forehead Lift – also known as a “Brow Lift” – repositions the forehead and brow upward. Relaxation fo the forehead can cause a heaviness on the eyebrows that crowds the eyes. When this happens, many people think their eyes need to be done and are surprised to hear that it is the forehead area that needs to be addressed. Putting the forehead area back into a more youthful position will alter a person’s appearance – in a very positive way.

Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping)
People do not normally get nose reshaping surgery to turn back the clock but it is a procedure that provides rejuvenation in the sense that it can create a more balanced relationship in a person’s facial features. Rhinoplasty can refine a bulbous tip, narrow a wide nose, straighten a crooked nose and/or remove an unwanted bump. At Cosmetic Surgery Center we believe that the end result of a rhinoplasty should not have an “operated” look and, in fact, the best work is usually not detected.

Botox and Dysport

Over 7 million people had Botox or Dysport treatments last year. The number of treatments for Botox and Dysport has risen 797% since 2000! The popularity of the treatment is due to the low cost, no downtime, and the end result. A half hour (to one hour) appointment can smooth forehead lines and crow’s feet, which can take years off a person’s appearance. This anti-wrinkle treatment is quick, virtually painless, and works.

Dermal Fillers (such as Restylane, Sculptra, Juvederm, Radiesse)

Injectable fillers are used to restore or enhance an appearance and can last from 6 months to 5 years depending on the type of filler used. The most common fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (Restylane, Juvederm, Voluma), a naturally-occurring complex carbohydrate that binds water molecules to add volume and keep tissues soft. Fillers can be used to “fill” wrinkles, fine lines, some scars and also can be used to add volume to areas that are “deflated”. Most dermal filler appointments only take 1 to 2 hours and the results are instantaneous. Over 2.6 million Americans had a filler treatment in 2016.

Facial rejuvenation is a wonderful way to restore your youthful look!

If you are interested in surgical or non-invasive facial rejuvenation options, call our Santa Barbara plastic surgery office to schedule a consultation – (805) 563-0000.

Cosmetic Surgery, Dermal Fillers, and Botox for Men

Recently Yahoo! News published an article about Brazilian men and cosmetic surgery. The article stated that a study by the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery reports, “Plastic surgery quadrupled among men from 72,000 to 276,000 operations annually from 2009 to 2014.” According to the news article, that is approximately one cosmetic surgery every two minutes for Brazilian men.

Before and After Photo via BotoxCosmetic.com

The number of US men having cosmetic surgery has not risen as dramatically as in Brazil, but it is certainly not uncommon for men to have a procedure done. At our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center practice, we have quite a few male patients, some of whom are repeat clients. However, we have seen a lot of growth in men seeking minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox and fillers. This goes hand-in-hand with the 2014 Plastic Surgery Statistics published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that reported over 410,000 men had Botox or Dysport treatments in 2014 (up 337% from the year 2000).

Why are Botox and dermal fillers becoming more popular amongst men? There may be many different reasons why a person decides to use Botox and/or fillers but I will speak only from my experience as a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon who regularly treats both men and women with Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers. While many women seek out these aesthetic treatments to look more youthful, men seem to be less concerned with looking young and more interested in looking “refreshed” or not looking tired or angry. Botox and Dysport will temporarily soften forehead frown lines and the “crow’s feet” around the eyes and the result will be a more approachable look. Dermal fillers can subtly add volume to areas where volume has been lost (cheekbones, eyebrows, under eyes, jawline). The result is a more defined appearance. There is a difference between how and where fillers are used in men and women so it is important to see a person who is experienced and educated in using fillers in men’s faces.

Botox and/or fillers are also easy to have done. Treatment time can take between half an hour to an hour and does not require any down time. Men and women can return to their normal routines right after their appointment. Men tend to share less about these treatments (and cosmetic surgery procedures) amongst friends, family, and colleagues, so having a Botox or dermal filler treatment can be easily be done without anyone else knowing about it.

I have been doing Botox and dermal filler injections for men and women for many years. I strive to have my patients look “naturally” rejuvenated so no one suspects they had anything “done”.

If you are a man or woman interested in having Botox, Dysport, or dermal fillers done, please call my Cosmetic Surgery Center office in Santa Barbara at (805) 563-0000 to schedule an appointment. 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery, Aesthetic Procedures Guide

As a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, I have watched aesthetic procedures (like Botox and dermal fillers) rapidly evolve in the last decade that offer men and women anti-aging options that can be done in an office visit with little to no downtime. These procedures can complement or supplement cosmetic surgery procedures (such as Facelifts and Neck Lifts) but knowing what procedure may be right for a person, and when to have it done, can be confusing.

With the understanding that everyone ages differently, I will present a loose guideline of when a person may want to consider anti-aging treatments and/or cosmetic surgery to keep a youthful appearance and/or to rejuvenate their look.

The 30’s
Wrinkles on your forehead and/or around the eyes (crow’s feet) may suddenly be more prominent when a person hits their 30’s although facial volume has probably not diminished (at least visibly). The one aesthetic treatment to consider in the 30’s is Botox or Dysport. This treatment temporarily relaxes the frown lines and wrinkles to give you a more rejuvenated appearance. Cumulative use of Botox or Dysport may actually minimize muscle activity in the area, thereby slowing the onset of wrinkles and fine lines in future decades.

The 40’s and 50’s 
Visible signs of aging in the face, such as thinning and/or sagging skin, a hollowness under the eyes, and overall loss of plumpness really shows up in the 40’s. This happens because the rate of breakdown for collagen and elastin significantly increases after the age of 40. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse, can effectively replace natural volume and fullness as well as correct skin imperfections like wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scares. A dermal filler treatment is an injectable treatment that shows immediate results and can last 6 to 12 months (depending upon the type of filler used).

Another issue that people notice in their late 40s is that the eyelids may start drooping, making the eyes look hooded which can make a person appear tired or angry. Bags and hollowness may become a permanent part of the under eye area. This is a good time to consider Eyelid Lift Surgery, which can be done on both the upper and lower lids (if need be), to remove excess skin and “re-open” the eyes to the world.

Sometimes, however, it is not the upper eyelids that are causing a heaviness. The forehead tissue may have relaxed so much that it is impacting the upper eyelids (and, hence, impacting the eyes). Forehead Lift surgery may be taken into consideration. This surgery repositions the forehead and brow upward to open up the eyes and smooth the brow area. Furthermore, frown lines can be minimized with the use of Botox or Dysport.

The 50s is when most people usually consider Facelift surgery.  The surgery addresses the skin laxity in the cheek and neck area. If the skin laxity does not warrant surgery (or the person is not interested in surgery at the time) there are non-invasive treatments such as Skin Tightening that use the latest technologies to tone, lift, and tighten the skin. The protocol for Total Tightening – a skin tightening treatment – is exclusive to my Santa Barbara medical spa.

The late 50’s and Beyond
By the late 50’s and beyond, many people are interested in addressing their neck contour. Sagging skin and fat accumulation can become very prominent and “age” a person dramatically. Neck Lift surgery will re-create long-lasting support for the neck area and give the person’s profile and appearance a boost. The  results will look natural and not “done”.

If a person has had a facelift or other facial rejuvenation surgeries, I recommend maintenance treatments such as Botox or Dysport, dermal fillers, and laser treatments to prolong the results.

If you are interested in any cosmetic surgery or aesthetic treatment, please call my Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office to schedule a consultation (805) 563-0000.

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon on Plastic Surgery Trends

As a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon I am often asked, “At what age should I get a facelift or a nose job or a necklift?” The answer is that it is different for everyone. Lots of factors play into the decision to get plastic surgery so I treat each patient on a case-by-case basis. However, there are plastic surgery trends that I have observed amongst different age groups and what they tend to gravitate towards. The procedures could either be surgical or non-invasive aesthetic treatments that can be done at a medical spa like Evolutions Medical & Day Spa in Santa Barbara.

20s to early 30s: Popular Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Aesthetic Treatments

Nose Rhinoplasty by Dr. Terry J. Perkins

Mainly the cosmetic surgery and medical aesthetic treatments that are sought out by young women in their 20s to early 30s are those that address proportions. Young women are interested in having their nose fit nicely within their facial features or having a “womanly” figure. So it is probably no surprise that many of these women seek out rhinoplasty nasal surgery to change the appearance of their nose or breast augmentation to create a fuller figure and/or make the breasts more symmetrical.

Young women also are interested in having clear skin (especially for those who may have suffered from acne in their teens) and the most popular non-invasive procedure is microdermabrasion because it refreshes the skin by improving texture, helps to fade acne scars and sun spots, and encourages growth of healthy, new skin.

Also very popular amongst this age group is Laser Hair Removal. Now that many advanced technologies are offered that very effective in reducing unwanted hair, Laser Hair Removal has grown in popularity to help get rid of unwanted hair and can be done almost anywhere on the body.

Late 30s to 50: Popular Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Aesthetic Treatments
Many women who have had children begin to seek out cosmetic surgery to help restore the body that they once had. This usually happens when the woman decides she is done having kids and she has had a chance to get back into her normal exercise routine. Unfortunately exercise alone often cannot bring back the body that a woman had before pregnancy and nursing but cosmetic surgery can tremendously help. Often a “Mommy Makeover” procedure is preferred because it addresses multiple issues. A typical Mommy Makeover includes abdominal liposuction and/or a tummy tuck, breast lift or augmentation, and liposuction of the hips and/or thighs.

Another concern for this group, especially those in the 40s, is slowing down the hands of time and that is why anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox or Dysport and dermal fillers are very popular. Botox and Dysport relax muscles in the forehead area and around the eyes to give a rested appearance while dermal fillers (such as Restylane and Juvederm) fill in crevices and wrinkles to add volume to the face to give a person a more youthful look. These treatments are easily done at a medical spa, yield nice results, have no downtime, and are affordable to most everyone. They can really turn back the clock without surgery.

Age spots and/or sun spots tend to make their appearance in the 40s too. This, coupled with slower cell turnover of the skin, fine lines, and wrinkles, can make a person look much older than they really are. That is why women in this group seek out procedures to improve their skin’s appearance and bring back the glow of their youth. Laser facial treatments, chemical peels, and skin resurfacing (such as Fractional CO2) are treatments that can help to reverse the signs of aging if done at a reputable medical spa or in a cosmetic surgeon’s office.

50s to mid 60s: Popular Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Aesthetic Treatments

Facelift Surgery by Dr. Terry J. Perkins

Many women in their 50s are still in the workforce and want to look their best both personally and professionally. This is the time when facial cosmetic surgeries are most popular. Eyelid Lift Surgery removes excess skin and repositions the brow to really open up the eyes. You would be surprised how much more alert and approachable a person can look after this surgery. Forehead Lift Surgery is another way to remove the heaviness of the upper eyelids. The forehead frown muscles are also partially removed so the forehead lines are lessened. Facelift Surgery addresses skin laxity in the cheek and neck and gives a person a rejuvenated look.

A non-invasive option that is popular in this age group is skin tightening treatments. These treatments tighten existing collagen, tone and lift the skin. They also can stimulate new collagen production so that the skin looks firmer and fresher.

65+: Popular Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Aesthetic Treatments

Neck Lift Surgery by Dr. Terry J. Perkins

Mature women – in their mid-60s and up – gravitate towards Neck Lift surgery to reduce sagging and wrinkles in neck area and/or to enhance the cosmetic procedures they have done in the past.

As you can see, there is a cosmetic surgery procedure or aesthetic treatment for almost every decade in your life but this does not mean that you have to have each one done! Also, don’t let these trends dictate when to have procedures done.

As I stated in the beginning, cosmetic surgery and aesthetic medical treatments are best done on a case-by-case basis and if you feel strongly about an issue, it is recommended that you discuss your concerns and expectations with your cosmetic surgeon, regardless of what age you are.

If you are interested in discussing a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery procedure, contact my office to schedule a consultation – 805-563-0000. If you are interested in a medical aesthetic procedure, please contact Evolutions Medical & Day Spa in Santa Barbara for a consultation – 805-687-0212. 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center on How to Look Young

Many people are on a quest to retain their youthfulness – or at least to look younger than they are. Facelifts, chemical peels, Botox, and many other cosmetic surgery procedures offered by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins can keep a person looking refreshed and, perhaps, even looking like they are a decade younger than their true age. But, alas, there is more to staying youthful than plastic surgery.

Dr. Perkins has seen many patients over his three decades of cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara. He will readily admit that it is not just surgery alone that keeps people “young”. Here are his top ten (non-surgical) tips for defying age:

  • Be happy. Being happy, not just on the outside, but also on the inside, is key. Being content with who you are can unburden you from all the stressors of wanting more, wanting something else, or wanting to be someone that you are not. 
  • Protect your most delicate skin. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and most fragile and can be the first to show signs of aging – i.e. wrinkles, crepey skin, and age spots. Moisturize and apply an SPF daily to protect this skin. Eyes are often what people notice first and you want your eyes to be surrounded by healthy, glowing skin with little to no wrinkles.
  • Laughter is good medicine. Laughter can improve your mood and induce changes in your body such as stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles with extra air intake. It also increases the endorphins that are released in your brain and acts as a tension reliever. You have lots to gain from laughing. 
  • Sweat regularly. Walking and cycling are great, but give your body a boost by adding short, intense bursts of exercise. When you do this, the growth hormone – which is the most powerful way to cut body fat, tone muscle and promote anti-aging – is naturally produced by the body.
  • Feed and protect your skin. Keep your skin nourished and looking plump by moisturizing daily. Always use a sunscreen, year round, to ward off the UV rays which are known to cause wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, and cancer.
  • Embrace tomatoes.  Lycopene, found in the red pigment of tomatoes, is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by sun exposure. Research has shown that adding just 5 tablespoons of tomato paste daily to your diet may reduce sun damage by 35%. Cooked tomatoes are more potent because the heat liberates three times the amount of lycopene from the plant’s tissue. 
  • Breathe deeply. Ten slow and deep breathes a day can make a remarkable difference in your life. Breathing deeply massages vital organs and improves circulation in them. It also relieves tension and removes toxins. It slashes cortisol levels and lowers blood pressure. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more benefits to breathing deeply (we could write a whole blog post on that alone).
  • Put your best brow forward. As we age, eyebrows tend to gray and/or thin out. Brows “shape” your face so keeping them full and colored helps. Eyebrow tinting is available at many salons or coloring them in with a specialty eyebrow kit will add back the definition that was there in your youth.
  • If you snooze you … win.  Seven to nine hours of solid sleep every night helps your body and skin to regenerate. It also allows your facial muscles to relax (softening potential wrinkles) and helps to prevent bags from forming under your eyes. There are also a whole host of benefits that getting a good night’s sleep brings including boosting the immune system, relieving chronic pain, and better weight management, to name a few!
  • Don’t let age stop you. Don’t succumb to the number of candles on your cake! Make your age an attitude. Do what you like to do and don’t stop just because you’ve reached a certain number. 
Practicing a few – or all – of the suggestions above will help anyone to feel “young at heart”. If you still feel like that is not enough to keep your skin from sagging, your eyebrows from covering up your eyes, or your neck from wobbling, know that we are always here to help! 
Facelifts, brow lifts, neck lifts and more at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara. For a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery consultation, contact us at 805-563-0000. 

Forehead Lift in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins

When our patients get Botox in Santa Barbara by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, they love the result of a smooth forehead because it can dramatically change their look from tired, angry or worried to stress-free and more youthful. The only drawback that most people express about Botox is that it doesn’t last forever! The majority of patients that we see at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara require Botox about four times a year to maintain a line-less forehead.

If you are a Botox/Dysport devotee, you may want to consider Forehead Lift surgery (also known as a Brow Lift) sometime in the future. Forehead Lift surgery benefits include raising of the eyebrows back to their normal position, smoothing of horizontal frown lines and softening the frown lines between the brow area, and tightening the temporal area to improve crow’s feet. Dr. Perkins always takes a “conservative” approach in this surgery to avoid giving the patient a “surprised” look.

The surgery is done through three small incisions that are hidden in the hair area (the hair does not need to be shaved) to give Dr. Perkins access to the forehead muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of the muscle causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissue is then shifted upward to the desired position and held in place with dissolvable stitches.

General anesthesia is not needed for this surgery. Oral sedation and local anesthesia alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation, will provide relaxation and amnesia. A light compression dressing is used during early healing to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Most people return to work in 5 to 7 days.

If you are looking for long-lasting wrinkle improvement for your forehead lines, a Forehead Lift by Dr. Perkins may be a good choice for you.

For more information on Forehead Lift surgery by Dr. Perkins, contact his Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara office at 805-563-0000.

More Men Giving Botox a Shot

Before and After Pictures from Botox.com

Talk about Botox with your women friends and many will freely admit to doing it, having done it, or wanting to do it. The chance of a group of men having the same conversation is slim although the chance that a few of the men in the group are Botox-users is not. Botox for men is on the rise according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Cosmetic surgeries, as a whole, rose 22% from 2000 to 2012 for men and minimally invasive procedures, including Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers, rose 6% from 2011 to 2012 for men.

Why are more men turning to Botox? Speculation includes the idea of wanting to look how you feel (many men are in great shape and are healthy, they want their “look” to reflect that), having an “instant” fix without the downtime and cost of surgery, or enhancing their look for the job market. That’s right! Men who are seeking employment are finding it more difficult to compete with those who are one or two generations younger. An article in the Wall Street Journal that addressed this topic said that it takes men who are 55+ an average of 16 weeks longer to find employment than those who are under 55 (or appear under 55).

Forehead wrinkles plague both men and women, and the ability to “get rid of” them, even temporarily, can be life-altering. Forehead lines, and especially the scowl between the eyebrows (technically known as the glabellar lines), can make someone look angry, irritated or upset. In addition to that, wrinkles are often associated with age, so a person who has many facial wrinkles and folds may appear to look old or even older than they really are.  A short visit to a cosmetic surgeon or medical spa can change that! Botox is injected in small amounts to the areas where it is needed. It blocks the signals to the muscles that tell them to contract. Instead of the muscles contracting into a frown, the muscle will relax and the injected area will appear smooth. Botox can take up to seven days to set in and is effective for 3 to 4 months – long enough to go on several job interviews.

Get your Botox in Santa Barbara by Dr. Terry J. Perkins, a trusted Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon. Call his office at 805-563-0000 to schedule a consultation. 

Cosmetic Procedures Shift to Facial Focus in 2012

The tides are changing! The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their 2012 Plastic Surgery Statistics detailing the number of plastic and cosmetic procedures performed last year and, for the first time in six years, there was a decline in breast enhancement and buttocks augmentation. Cosmetic enhancement has shifted upward – to the face – with an increase in facelifts, injections (Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers), and facial laser services in 2012.

Almost 1.6 million cosmetic surgeries were performed, a 2% drop from 2011, but still a staggering amount (if you really stop to think about it). Here is a review of cosmetic surgeries in 2012:

  • Breast augmentation saw a 7% decline from the year before, but remained the number one cosmetic procedure with just over 286,000 breast enhancements performed.
  • Buttocks enhancement (including implants and lifts) grew in popularity over the last decade, but declined last year by 36%, with just under 3,800 procedures done.
  • Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) shot up to over 204,000 in 2012, roughly 9,000 more procedures than were done in 2011, making it the 3rd most popular surgical procedure overall.
  • Facelift surgery also rose to over 126,000 procedures, almost 7,000 more than 2011.
  • Rhinoplasty remained consistent and was the number two cosmetic surgery procedure performed overall with just over 242,000 people opting for a re-shaped nose.
More than 13 million minimally-invasive procedures were done in 2012, with botulinum injections at the top of the list:
  • More than 6 million treatments of Botox or Dysport injections were given in 2012, an 8% rise from the previous year. 
  • Dermal filler procedures, including Radiesse, Juvederm, Restylane (and others), rose to just under 2 million treatments, making it the second most popular minimally-invasive procedure of 2012.
  • Chemical peels (1,133,821 treatments) and Laser Hair Removal (1,118,254 treatments) took 3rd and 4th places.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments increased by 10% to 553,000.
  • Just over 509,000 laser skin resurfacing procedures were performed, a 9% increase from 2011. 
The popularity of minimally-invasive procedures has grown over the years for many reasons. Most of the procedures are instantly gratifying with little or no downtime. While they are readily affordable for most budgets, they do not provide long term results (such as cosmetic surgery can), but they do provide people with an opportunity to see how they would look with a renewed, more youthful appearance (such as erasing wrinkles and fines lines, plumping cheeks or lips). The ability to see this temporary change in appearance helps people envision how they may look when it is done by cosmetic surgery and thus makes a person’s decision to have facial cosmetic surgery an easier one. 
Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins expertly performs many cosmetic surgeries including facelifts, eyelid lift surgery, and rhinoplasty. He also does minimally-invasive procedures such as Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers at his Cosmetic Surgery Center practice or at his medical spa – Evolutions. Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara provides a wide array of skin care services, including Botox, Dysport, chemical peels, laser facials, and laser hair removal. View a complete list of medical and aesthetic treatments on the Evolutions website

Restore a Youthful Appearance Non-Surgically with Radiesse Dermal Filler

Wrinkles come but, unfortunately, they don’t “go” away without some help. There are quite a few types of cosmetic surgeries that can help soften or eliminate wrinkles and bring back a more youthful appearance, but some of our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center patients who are not ready to undergo surgery ask us, “What is the next best solution for appearing younger through non-surgical means?” The solution that we suggest is trying dermal fillers and/or Botox or Dysport for a temporary solution.

Although this article is primarily about Radiesse, a certain type of dermal filler, we will give you a quick overview of the difference between fillers and Botox/Dysport for those who may not be familiar with either. Dysport or Botox are neuromodulators that relax the muscles causing the wrinkles. They are primarily used in the top half of the face (crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, frown lines). Dermal fillers are usually used in the lower half of the face and they add volume to the face by filling in depressions and wrinkles (for example, they can be used to fill in the nasolabial lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth to soften the deep grooves that make the face appear older).

How, exactly, can Radiesse bring back my youthful appearance?  

As we age, our appearance changes because the aging process causes loss of facial volume and a decline in skin elasticity. The result is facial sagging and deepening of lines and wrinkles, which can make a person look tired and older than they really are. Radiesse, an FDA-approved dermal filler that contains calcium-based microspheres, restores fullness in your face by adding volume and smoothing out lines and wrinkles. The increased volume and decrease in deep lines and wrinkles can turn back the clock dramatically.  An added benefit of Radiesse is that it has been clinically proven to stimulate production of your natural collagen for a longer lasting result. The average person sees results for 12 months, sometimes more.

Popular treatment areas for Radiesse are the oral commissures (corners of the mouth), jowl area, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds (although it can be used in other areas of the face).

There are several FDA-approved dermal fillers on the market today that we also use (Perlane, Restylane, Juvederm) and these are made from hyaluronic acid. Radiesse is the only calcium-based filler available and because it is longer-lasting, it may be a more affordable wrinkle correction option for patients.

What else do I need to know about Radiesse?

Radiesse is an injectable filler that is ideal for a broad range of patients and a great choice for those wishing to smooth out severe to moderate lines and folds. Radiesse has been FDA-approved to be mixed with lidocaine for a significantly more comfortable treatment. There is virtually no downtime with Radiesse although for best results it is recommended that no excessive sports are done after the treatment (it is okay to resume normal athletic activity the day after treatment). Radiesse is biocompatible and there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection of Radiesse. There is the possibility of bruising, redness at the injection area, and swelling, but varies from patient to patient. To this date, over 4 million Radiesse treatments have been performed worldwide.

How do I schedule a Radiesse treatment?

Radiesse can be done by Dr. Perkins at his surgical practice, Cosmetic Surgery Center (805-563-0000), or at Evolutions Medical Spa (call for a complimentary consultation: 805-687-0212), both located in Santa Barbara. An aesthetic nurse practitioner at Evolutions Medical Spa can also perform your Radiesse treatment. All nurses at Evolutions have been extensively trained by Dr. Perkins.

Santa Barbara Medical Spa – Evolutions – Open House Event

Evolutions Medical Spa is celebrating six successful years with an Open House event! Dr. Perkins and Evolutions would like to invite their loyal clients and the community to celebrate this milestone event on Wednesday, January 25th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Guests will enjoy:
  • Complimentary Mini-Treatments
  • Free Coloresciene Mineral Make-up application
  • Games and raffles (with over $5000 worth of prizes)
  • Gift bags (for the first 50 guests)
  • Interactive skin care education
  • A *live demo* of Dr. Perkins doing Dysport injections on a client.
  • Products and services will be discounted too!
Thank you to the following companies for their generous contributions to make this event fun and fabulous: Revitalash, Neova Skin Care, AFA Amino Acid Skin Care, NuCelle Skin Care, Radiesse, Elure, VitaMedica, NanoPro Superfood, and many more!

Evolutions is located at 1309 State Street, the same block as the Arlington Theater, in downtown Santa Barbara.
We look forward to seeing you there!