News from Dr. Perkins: Dysport and Botox in Santa Barbara are Similar for Treatment of Wrinkles

Recently released article by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins discussing anti-wrinkle treatments from Botox Cosmetic and Dysport titled Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Calls Dysport A New, Real Alternative to Botoxfollows:

Botox has been used, and FDA approved, for neurological disorders since 1989, long before its use in the cosmetic field. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, was one of only 16 doctors in the United States selected to conduct a study leading to the FDA approval of Botox (botulinum toxin type A) for cosmetic uses. Since Botox became FDA approved in 2002 to treat frown line wrinkles, Dr. Perkins has been using it on patients at his Santa Barbara-based practices, Cosmetic Surgery Center and Evolutions Medical Spa, to smooth forehead fine lines and wrinkles.

For the past seven years, Dr. Perkins and his patients have been happy with the results of Botox. When administered to the right muscles in the right doses, Botox is safe and works productively to treat wrinkles on the face. Dr. Perkins adds, “Until the introduction of Dysport, we had not seen any other wrinkle treatment as effective as Botox”. Dysport, also a form of botulinum toxin type A, was recently FDA approved to treat facial wrinkles, although it has been used in Europe since the early 1990s. Dysport, a smaller molecule than Botox, works faster – patients see results in one to three days versus four to seven days for Botox. Furthermore, Dysport has an FDA approval for a four month duration (versus three to four months for Botox).

“On patients that have tried Dysport, we are seeing virtually the same results as Botox, and patients are excited. This is truly the first anti-wrinkle option that is comparable, and a real alternative, to Botox,” Dr. Perkins commented. The cost differential between the two is small, with Dysport being a fraction less expensive. Asking one of Dr. Perkins patients, who recently was treated with Dysport, what she thought of the new product, she commented, “I just can’t even think of frowning!” Clearly, Dysport, just like Botox, works well to smooth out forehead lines and leave patients smiling, without the wrinkles!


Get Dysport or Botox in Santa Barbara from Dr. Perkins at Evolutions Medical Spa (805.687.0212) or Cosmetic Surgery Center (805.563.0000). Call either location to set up a consultation.

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!

Ask Dr. Perkins – Questions about Liposuction and Anesthesia

Santa Barbara-based cosmetic surgeon and founder of Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Terry Perkins, answers your questions about liposuction, face lifts, Botox Cosmetic and more. Email your questions to Dr. Perkins and look for his response in upcoming blog posts!

Q. Hi Dr. Perkins. My biggest concern with liposuction is the anesthesia. I am worried about getting an “anesthesia hangover” the days following the surgery as I think this would make my recovery harder. This is the main roadblock to getting the liposuction done. What are your thoughts on anesthesia and liposuction?

A. You have a very valid concern. I have been in the cosmetic surgery business for more than thirty years and have performed liposuction for many years using general anesthesia. We have refined our techniques now to perform all procedures comfortably using local anesthesia plus sedation. For many patients this combination is much easier, especially the day of liposuction and the day following. Without having the “anesthesia hangover”, which can include nausea and vomiting, patients find that their down time is less and I have known some patients who return to work within a few days after liposuction (sedentary jobs only). Another plus to local anesthesia plus oral sedation is that patients seem to take less post-operative medication. Typically for liposuction procedures, patients will take about a week off work to rest and recuperate.

At Cosmetic Surgery Center, we can do liposuction procedures under local anesthesia and oral sedation including those that require skin removal in the arms, inner thighs and lower abdomen. Visit Cosmetic Surgery Center’s website to see some of our “Before and After” photos of liposuction of the abdomen area, liposuction of the hips/thighs, liposuction of the neck area and liposuction of the upper arms.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Perkins, please our Cosmetic Surgery Center office located in Santa Barbara at 805.563.0000. 

Dr. Perkins is also owner of Santa Barbara’s “Best Medical Spa” (as voted by Independent and Santa Barbara NewsPress readers) Evolutions. Evolutions, conveniently located in downtown Santa Barbara, offers innovative treatments for all skin types and conditions by a highly-trained medical staff in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Read more about Evolutions and services offered and learn about promotions and upcoming events on the Evolutions blog!