New Year, New You! Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Options

Can you believe another year has flown by? Each year we get the chance to meet and work with new patients, as well as those who have returned, and we enjoy helping every one of you to look and feel your best.

If plastic surgery in Santa Barbara is on your “to do” list for the New Year, there is no better time than now to start planning. Winter is when most people tend to stay indoors, travel less, and sleep more – all of which are ideal conditions to recuperate from a cosmetic surgery procedure. In our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center practice, we specialize in facial cosmetic surgery, minimally-invasive (MI) cosmetic surgery, skin rejuvenation, and liposuction body contouring.

There are many options for facial cosmetic surgery, including:

  • Facelift: to address skin laxity in the cheek and neck
  • Forehead Lift: to reposition the forehead and brow upward
  • Eye Lift: to correct sagging skin or fat bulges in the eye area
  • Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery): to help either appearance or breathing function of the nose
  • Neck Lift: to address sagging skin and local fat accumulation in the neck area
  • Lip Enhancement: to add volume to lips (either with an implant, grafting your own fat, or with injectable fillers)
  • Chin Lift: to enhance a “weak” chin or modify one that is too prominent
  • Ear Tuck / Ear Pinning: to address ears that are too prominent or stick out from the side of the head
  • Chemabrasion Skin Resurfacing: to improve skin that has wrinkles, fine lines, scars, acne scars, and/or sagging

We also have minimally-invasive (MI) surgical options for patients with early changes or those who want to “maintain” the benefit of previous surgery. These give noticeable improvement with less cost and “downtime”. Learn more about MI surgery and options available here.

We also offer treatment options to tighten and contour your problem areas through liposuction for the abdomen, arms, legs, and hips/flanks. Learn more about liposuction here.

We practice cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara that gives a natural, rejuvenated result.

If you are interested in cosmetic surgery by Dr. Perkins, schedule a consultation by calling (805) 563-0000 and we will work together with you to design a course of treatment to help you look your best.

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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.

Eyelid Lift in Santa Barbara

The delicate skin around the eyes can be one of the first places to show age. Preventative care (such as daily use of eye cream, sunscreen, and large sunglasses) can help to a certain degree but there comes a day when serums and creams are not enough.

How do you know when it is time to start thinking about eyelid lift surgery? 
Generally speaking, most patients start looking into eyelid lift surgery when:

  • The eyelids start to look heavy or are overhanging
  • A person’s vision is becoming occluded 
  • Bags and/or dark circles under the eyes do not go away
  • Applying eyeshadow makeup is difficult to do
What is the right age to have eyelid surgery? 
It depends on the person, their genetics, and their skin type (thinner skin tends to age faster). I have performed eyelid lift surgery in Santa Barbara on people in their 30s and beyond. While most patients tend to be in their 40s and 50s, eyelid lift surgery can be done well into the 80s (provided the person’s health is in good order) with a nice result. 
Eyelid surgery – also known as blepharoplasty – can be done on the upper or lower lids or both, if necessary. 
  • Upper eyelid surgery addresses the excess/overhanging upper eyelid skin as well as the inner corner fat bulges. 
  • Lower eyelid surgery addresses under eye dark circles, fat bulges, and skin laxity.
Either surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Bruising and swelling will subside quickly with the use of cool compresses and head elevation.
Most people take one week off from work. Sutures are in place for 7 days and returning to make-up and contact lenses usually occurs at 10 days post-op. Aerobic exercise can usually be resumed at 3 weeks post-op. 
Eyelid lift surgery is an excellent way to restore a rested, youthful appearance. Click here to view before-and-after eyelid lift surgery pictures on my website. 
To schedule an eyelid lift consultation, call my Cosmetic Surgery Center office at (805) 563-0000. 

Eyelid Lift Surgery in Santa Barbara

Eyes are often the first thing a person notices about another person. Unfortunately the eyes are also one of the first facial features to show age. The delicate skin of the eye area makes it more susceptible to sun and environmental damage. In addition to that, the loss of collagen – an unavoidable part of aging – results in skin that is less elastic, and prone to sagging and wrinkles. Sagging skin naturally succumbs to gravity. When the eyelids sag, the eyes suddenly become hidden under hooded lids and are surrounded by fine lines and wrinkles, which may make a person appear angry, tired, or older than they are. Fortunately, eyelid lift surgery is an excellent way to restore a rested, youthful appearance.

When is the right time for an eyelid lift?
Some people have eyelid lift surgery in their late 30s while others may do it in well into their 70s or 80s. Most people do the procedure in their 40s and 50s. Some signs that may make you consider surgery include heavy or hooded lids, difficulty applying eyeshadow, and/or when the lids start to obstruct your vision.

Most people do not know that eyelid surgery can address eye issues on the upper lid or under the eye. We refer to the procedures as Upper Eyelid Surgery and Lower Eyelid Surgery, respectively.

Upper Eyelid Surgery 
This procedure addresses the excess/overhanging upper eyelid skin and the inner corner fat bulges. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the eye and are well hidden when healed. A conservative approach is taken to avoid looking “done” and, especially for men, to avoid too much lid show (which gives a feminine appearance to the face).

Lower Eyelid Surgery
Treatment of this area addresses dark circles, fat bulges, and skin laxity under the eyes. Incisions are hidden in the lower edge of the lashes. For those people who have fat bulges, but little excess skin, incisions are made in the inner (eyeball) side of the lower lid. Fat is then able to be removed and sutures are usually not required.

About Eyelid Surgery
Either surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. General anesthesia is not needed. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Use of cool compresses and head elevation will help any bruising or swelling subside.

Recovery from Eyelid Surgery
Sutures are in place for 7 days. Returning to make-up and contact lenses usually occurs at 10 days post-op. We recommend purchasing new eye make-up as to not introduce bacteria from old products into the healing incisions. Walking may be resumed the day after the surgery. Most people take one week off from work to rest and recover. Aerobic exercise can usually be resumed at 3 weeks post-op Sunglasses and wide-brimmed hat should be used for all outdoor activities.

See before-and-after eyelid lift surgery pictures on our website.

To schedule a consultation for eyelid lift surgery in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins call (805-563-0000).

Santa Barbara Eyelid Cosmetic Surgery

Eyelid rejuvenation surgery is one of the most popular facial cosmetic surgeries done today. In the 2013 statistics on cosmetic procedures (published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons) eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) ranked third (behind breast augmentation and rhinoplasty) with over 215,000 surgeries performed in the United States.

Patient of Dr. Terry J. Perkins
Some people equate eyelid surgery with cat eyes or “surprised” (overly rounded) eyes. That type of surgery is a thing of the past. Most surgeons, including Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins, opt to give patients a much more natural look. Eyelid surgery can be done on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. This blog post will concentrate on the upper eyelids. Our blog post from July offers more information on lower eyelid surgery
Most people who are interested in eyelid surgery are interested in making their eyes look more youthful. As age sets in eyelids can become heavy, droopy, or saggy which can make a person look permanently tired, unhappy, or unapproachable. Upper eyelid surgery can correct these problems to restore a rested, youthful appearance. 
Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelids addresses the overhanging/excess eyelid skin as well as the inner corner fat bulges. Incisions are nicely hidden in the natural creases of the eye. General anesthesia is not needed for this surgery. Upper eyelid surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. Most people take one week off from work to rest and recuperate. Contacts and make-up may be used after 10 days and it is advisable to purchase new eye make-up so as to not introduce any bacteria into the healing incisions. For most patients, aerobic exercise can be resumed at three weeks post surgery. Sun glasses and a wide-brimmed hat should be worn for all outdoor activities. 
A successful upper eyelid surgery can make a positive difference in a person’s overall appearance. 
For more information on upper eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara, contact our Cosmetic Surgery Center practice at 805-563-0000.

Santa Barbara Eyelid Surgery by Dr. Terry J. Perkins

As we age, many aspects of our face and body begin to relax downward, including our forehead and eyelids. A heavy eyelid can make a person appear to be tired or angry when they are not. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can help resolve this issue.

Eyelid surgery can be done on the upper lids, lower lids, or both. It is important to pick a cosmetic surgeon who is an expert in this field because blepharoplasty requires small, precise incisions to remove and/or reposition tissue and fat.

In an upper eyelid surgery procedure excess/overhanging upper eyelid skin as well as inner corner fat bulges are treated. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the eye and hide well when healed. A more conservative approach needs to be made for men to avoid too much lid show (which can give the face a feminine appearance).

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, eyelid surgery does not need to be done under general anesthesia. The surgery can be done under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. Pain is usually minimal and can be controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Cool compresses and head elevation help bruising and swelling to subside quickly. Sutures are in place for 7 days so most people take one week off from work for healing. Returning to makeup and contact lenses usually can be done at 10 days post-op and we advise to buy new makeup so as to not introduce any bacteria from old products into healing incisions.

Those who are seeking rejuvenation in the eye area come see Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins because he specializes in facial plastic surgery that gives a natural, rested, “non-operated” look.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins by calling 805-563-0000. 

Cosmetic Surgery Highlight: Lower Eyelid Surgery

Bags under the eyes (or sagging) affect many people. The use of eye creams can help restore the under eye area for some but for others no amount of eye cream will do. That is when it is time to seek out a cosmetic surgeon who can help restore the under eye area resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins is very familiar with lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This surgery is ideal for patients who have fat bulges, dark circles, and skin laxity in the under eye area. Lower eyelid surgery can be more than just removing and tightening skin. For the right candidate, fat transposition may be done during the surgery. This is the process of repositioning fat from one area of under the eye – the “baggy” area – into the “hollow” area under the eye. A small amount of skin removal may also be done using a conservative approach to avoid giving the patient a round eye look.

Incisions for the surgery are usually made on the outside of the lid just below the lashes so when they heal there is little or no visible scar. The advantage is that some skin can be removed to “tighten” the lid with the external approach but not the internal one. The surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. General anesthesia is not needed. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Sutures are usually removed in 5 to 7 days so most people take one week off from work to rest from the surgery. Contacts and make-up can usually be worn 10 days post-op. It is recommended that new make-up be used so as to not introduce any bacteria from old products into the healing incisions.

Patients of Dr. Perkins who have had lower eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara are pleased with the result of a smoother contour from the lower lash line to the mid-cheek. Eliminating under eye bags or sagging skin can positively make a difference in a person’s look.

Tired of looking tired? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins at his Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara for an eyelid lift consultation by calling 805-563-0000. 

 

Eyelid Lift Surgery: Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Highlight

Eyes are often the first thing a person notices about another person. They are sometimes referred to as the “window to our soul” because they can convey so many messages without a word being spoken. Sagging skin or fat bulges can make a person’s eyes smaller and can alter a person’s overall appearance making them look tired or unhappy, or both. Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, is an excellent way to restore a youthful and rested appearance.

Both the upper and lower eyelids can be treated, depending on where the issue is. When treating the upper eyelid, excess/overhanging upper eyelid skin is removed and the inner corner fat bulges are treated. Incisions are made in the natural creases of the eye and hide well when healed. A conservative approach needs to be used for males to avoid too much lid show which gives a feminine appearance to the face.

Treatment of the lower eyelid area addresses dark circles, fat bulges, and skin laxity. Incisions are hidden at the lower edge of the lashes and conservative skin removal will avoid problems such as a round eye look.

If a person has fat bulges but little to no excess skin, a transconjunctival approach is used. Incisions are made in the inner (eyeball) side of the lower lid. Fat is then able to be removed through these small openings. Sutures are usually not required.

General anesthesia is not needed for eyelid lift surgery. Either surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation.

Pain is usually minimal and is easily controlled with over-the-counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Use of cool compresses and keeping your head elevated with help subside bruising and swelling. Sutures are in place for 7 days and most patients take one week off from work. Returning to contact lenses and eye make-up usually occurs at 10 days post-op and it is advisable to purchase new eye make-up to avoid introducing any bacteria from old products into the healing incisions.

Most patients can resume walking the day after surgery, gradually working up to aerobic exercises at 3 weeks post-op. Sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat should be used during all outdoor activities.

Schedule an eyelid surgery consultation with Dr. Perkins by calling 805-563-0000.