Top Cosmetic Surgery Procedures in 2017

According to the annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were almost 1.8 million cosmetic surgery procedures last year (a 1% increase from 2016) done in the United States.

Here are the top 10 cosmetic surgery procedures in 2017:

Any of the procedures listed above with a clickable link are those that we perform at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara.

Contact us today (online or at 805-563-0000) to schedule consultation. 

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. 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery by Dr. Perkins

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we don’t have a “one size fits most” plan for our patients. I have been working as a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon for more than three decades and I know firsthand that each patient is unique and treat them accordingly.
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When a patient comes in for a consultation, one of my first questions is, “What bothers you?” While I can often spot what they are concerned about, I wait to hear what bothers them the most. I listen, review and clarify (if necessary) what they have told me, and then educate them on their best treatment options.
My speciality is facial rejuvenation through surgery (such as Face Lifts, Forehead Lifts, Eyelid Lifts, Neck Lifts) and through non-invasive procedures (such as dermal fillers and Botox). This allows me to give most patients several treatment choices and we help them formulate the best plan based on their time and budget.
To schedule a consultation, contact my Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office 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 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

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.