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. 

Non-Invasive Treatments for Sun Damaged Skin

This Fall in Santa Barbara we were treated to an extended summer. Lots of clear, sunny and warm days drew us outside for beach days, backyard barbecues, and hikes in our local mountains. While we were enjoying our beautiful weather, many of us were unknowingly exposing our skin to photodamage (sun damage) due to repeated and/or prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays.

For some of us, the sun damage appears almost instantly (usually in the case of a bad burn) while others may not show any “damage” for many years. The photodamage can present itself in different ways:

  • Abnormal pigment clumps (often referred to as “age spots” or “liver spots”)
  • Wrinkles and sagging of the skin (caused by damage to the collagen and elastin network in the dermis)
  • Neoplastic changes (such as pre-cancerous or true skin cancer)

As winter approaches, some people may notice more “freckles” or discoloration on their face, shoulders, chest, and hands (the places that are exposed to the sun most frequently). As a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, I will receive lots of inquiries about how to reverse the sun damage and/or prevent further damage from taking place. The good news is that there are now a number of way to erase sun damage that ranges from medical grade products all the way to the operating room.

While many people would love to have the majority of their sun damage, acne and/or facial scarring, skin irregularities and pre-cancerous lesions removed in one process (via a cosmetic surgery procedure called Chemabrasion), the reality is that many people do not have the downtime required for healing and/or the financial means to have this done. If this is the case, then there are non-invasive medical procedures that require little (or no downtime) that give a nice result. Some of these procedures take a series of treatments to yield the maximum result desired.

These are the non-invasive aesthetic treatments that I recommend for treating mild to moderate sun damage:

Chemical Peels
Before lasers were available, photodamaged skin was often treated with chemical exfoliation in order to cause the surface damaged tissue to peel off exposing cleaner, fresher, and younger skin underneath. Peels involve the application of an acid solution to the skin and are still appropriate treatments today – especially for larger areas on the body that may be relatively expensive to treat with light energy alone. More aggressive peels (using stronger acids) may also help fine lines and wrinkles. At my Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office we have some protocols that combine both peels and light-based modalities to get the best of both!

FotoFacial RF
This non-ablative procedure uses both intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency (RF) to improve the color imperfections of your skin. The inventors of this treatment found that combined IPL and RF give better results than IPL alone and patented the name spelled with an “F” – FotoFacial. So any procedure spelled with a “Ph” – PhotoFacial – uses only IPL energy. A FotoFacial will improve the skin’s texture and appearance through reduction of redness, age spots, sun damage, liver spots, and uneven pigmentation. There is no downtime after a FotoFacial and it can be used on the face, neck, chest, and backs of the hands.

Laser Genesis
The Cutera laser company developed a unique treatment for “ruddy” skin called Laser Genesis. This Nd:Yag laser delivers thousands of low energy pulses to the rosy skin and gently causes the small vasculature to “seal off”, resulting in a more normal appearance without any downtime.
Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair. This radio frequency skin resurfacing series is great for ALL skin types. It will improve the skin’s appearance and tighten skin. The DNA CryoStem Therapy that accompanies this treatment gives the skin an additional boost. The flawless stem cells that are introduced right after the resurfacing will influence the older cells to replicate healthier, stronger, more youthful-looking skin cells, repairing sun damage, acne scars, and mild wrinkles.

Fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing
Laser energy is delivered to the skin in thousands of tiny pulses that create minute holes and injure only a fraction of the skin. These holes cover over very rapidly so “downtime” is usually short. As the spacing between the holes and the depth of each hole can be controlled, this type of resurfacing can be “titrated” to the problems being addressed. One treatment can produce a 40% improvement. The procedure will not only address pigmentation but it can also improve fine lines and wrinkles, textural irregularities, and acne scars. The resurfacing procedure also encourages new growth of elastin and collagen which will tighten the skin.

Sun damage happens to everyone – sometimes even more so living in sunny Southern California and in Santa Barbara where I practice. Treating sun damaged skin helps to reverse hyperpigmentation as well as improve the overall appearance and health of the skin. This holiday season give yourself the gift of renewed skin that will last you through the winter and beyond!

All of these medical aesthetic treatments can be done at Evolutions Medical & Day Spa in Santa Barbara. Contact Evolutions Medical & Day Spa at 805-687-0212. 

Today! Wednesday, September 23rd: Education at Evolutions Featuring Chemical Peels

Cosmetic Surgery Center’s Dr. Terry Perkins is also the medical director and founder of Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa. Tonight Evolutions is hosting an Education at Evolutions Event on Chemical Peels!

Dr. Perkins will be speaking about the peels available at Evolutions, as well as, answering some frequently asked questions, including:
  • What do chemical peels feel like?
  • How can peels help my acne? Age Spots? Pores?
  • Can peels be combined with laser treatments?
  • I have good skin, do I still need a peel?
Event information:

Evolutions Medical Spa “Education at Evolutions featuring Chemical Peels”1309 State Street, Santa Barbara
(Today!) Wednesday, September 23, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Event includes a raffle item, refreshments and a discount for attendees ONLY!

RSVP to Evolutions at 687.0212

Ask Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Perkins – Chemical Peels Address Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation, Skin Tone and More

Dr. Terry Perkins, a cosmetic surgeon in Santa Barbara, CA, answers questions from patients and readers about cosmetic surgery, Botox, acne, wrinkles and more. Email your questions to Dr. Perkins and look for his answer on his blog soon!
Q: Dr. Perkins, is there a procedure that is not too expensive or invasive, with little down time, that can address my fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation (age spots)? I am looking for something that I may be able to do in one visit to your office.

A: I founded Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara for clients like you! Evolutions offers medical grade skin-related services for all skin types and for a wide variety of concerns such as wrinkles, acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation and more.

I chose your question because this month Evolutions is focusing on chemical peels. A chemical peel may be the right choice for your skin concerns mentioned above. Evolutions recently blogged about chemical peels, stating that they are the “best bang for your buck”. Read more from the Evolutions post about chemical peels here.
Evolutions offers light, medium and deep chemical peels that have not too much down time, yet they yield results that you can visibly see. The deepest peel we have is the Obagi Blue Peel – your skin will appear clearer, smoother and younger looking. The medium peels, or Alpha-Beta peels, and lighter peels can be done once or in a series – since they are not as intense as the Blue Peel.

This month Evolutions is hosting an educational event focused on chemical peels. Join us for this free, informative evening with a presentation and a question and answer session. There will be exclusive discounts for attendees along with wine and refreshments and a raffle.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 6:30 to 8:30pm, at Evolutions, 1309 State Street, Santa Barbara. Please RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212.

Looking forward to seeing you there!