Anti-Aging Cosmetic Surgery Options in Santa Barbara

The aging process happens every day and nothing can stop it but with the help of cosmetic procedures we can turn back the clock on your appearance a few years or more.

For Moderate Wrinkles and Sagging
Face Lift surgery is the best option for those who have moderate wrinkles and sagging skin on the face and neck. This surgery will reposition, redefine, tighten skin, and support deep tissues with the end result looking natural and rejuvenated.

For Mild Wrinkles
Some people may be experiencing signs of aging but are not quite ready for a full face lift. At our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center, we offer minimally-invasive surgery options for the forehead, cheeks, eyes, neck, and hands that will give noticeable improvement with less cost and lower downtime.

For Early Signs of Aging
If you’re not ready for surgery, there are medical spa treatment options. Dr. Perkins is the founder and owner of Evolutions Medical in Spa Santa Barbara where clients can have non-invasive skin tightening treatments done including Total Tightening and Ultherapy. Both are skin tightening and collagen-boosting treatments that result in a firmer, “fresher” look.

Let us help you look your best! Call Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000 to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation.

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.

Santa Barbara Facelift: Cosmetic Surgery Highlight

If you feel that skin laxity in the cheek and neck are bringing you down (literally and figuratively), then a facelift surgery by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins may be a good option for you.  A facelift is comprised of a cheek and neck lift and it can restore a youthful appearance by returning fullness to the cheeks, lifting the jowls and smoothing the neck.  For some people, mid-facial implants may be a further possibility to add balance and fullness to the cheeks.

What happens during a facelift? 
Dr. Perkins will reposition, refine, tighten, and support deep tissue in the midfacial and jowl area to rejuvenate your appearance.  The “turkey” neck bands will be sutured to provide a continuous sling of muscle support and a suspension suture is often place beneath the jawline for additional long-term benefit. The result will be a natural, rested appearance with an improvement in facial contours and tightened skin.

Does the facelift have to be done under general anesthesia?
At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara a facelift does not need to be done under general anesthesia. A combination of local anesthesia, oral and intravenous sedation will provide relaxation and lack of awareness throughout the procedure.

Will the facelift leave visible scars?
A facelift by Dr. Perkins will not leave visible scars. The incisions are carefully hidden within the natural creases and contours of the ears and hair (and the hair does not need to be shaved).

What is the recovery time for a facelift?
An elastic support is worn for approximately 5 days after the surgery and pain is usually minimal and can be controlled with an over-the-counter medicine (ibuprofen or Tylenol). Most people return to work after 8 to 10 days depending upon the type of work a person does. Exercise will be gradually increased, as tolerated, through the first few weeks as healing progresses.  Make-up may be worn at 5 to 7 days. Coloring hair should be avoided for 4 weeks.

Below is a before-and-after picture of a facelift by Dr. Perkins:

Call 805-563-0000 to schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Perkins

Santa Barbara Plastic Facial Surgery: Five Reasons to Have Facial Surgery

As a facial rejuvenation specialist, Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins sees many people who are seeking facial cosmetic surgery. When a new client comes in for a plastic surgery procedure – whether it be for a face lift or body contouring liposuction – we treat each patient seriously by evaluating them and educating them on the various procedures that may be a good fit for them. In turn, patients tell us their reasons for wanting the cosmetic procedure done, and we’ve noticed that there are about five reasons that consistently come up.
If you are considering facial rejuvenation, see if your reasons fall into one of our most popular five:
  • My forehead wrinkles and scowl make me look permanently angry or upset. Looking approachable is important to many people. Wrinkles on the forehead and a permanent scowl definitely can make a person look less friendly. A forehead lift can reposition the brow and forehead and can get rid of wrinkles (by partially removing the frown muscles). The forehead lift is usually done by excisions in the hairline that are hidden. The end result is no visible scars and a new, happy look.
  • My drooping eyelids make me look tired all the time. Eyes are one of the first things people notice. Drooping lids can make people look tired or upset. Eyelid surgery removes the excess skin and fat that has accumulated to open up the eyes once again.
  • My double chin makes my face look fat. Fat accumulation in the chin area can be genetic so even though the person may be thin overall, their chin has lost definition due to the double chin. A chin lift will give the chin a renewed definition and, if necessary, a small implant will give the chin more strength. Many patients have said that after their double chin is “removed” people remark that they look like they have lost weight.
  • The wrinkles and sagging skin on my neck draw attention away from my face. This can be a very true statement. The neck skin is delicate and may be more prone to sagging and wrinkles partly from genetics and partly from lack of sun protection (many people use sunscreen on their face daily, but neglect the neck and chest area). A neck lift can re-contour the neck area, leaving the skin taut and youthful-looking.
  • I want to look as good as I feel. As decades go by, our skin begins to give in to gravity for many reasons – cell turnover slows, the skin becomes thinner – and subsequently the skin sags and develops wrinkles, giving a person a more “mature” look. Now that we are living much longer, and practicing good habits like healthy eating and consistent exercise, many people feel like they have a youthful energy and outlook, but their face shows otherwise. A full face lift by Dr. Perkins will result in a rejuvenated face that looks rested and natural.
Schedule a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery consultation, by calling Dr. Perkins’ office at 805-563-0000. 

Santa Barbara Face Lift Surgery at Cosmetic Surgery Center

This month Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins is highlighting Face Lifts.

Most people seek face lift surgery to address issues such as sagging skin on the face and neck, bags under the eyes and deep wrinkles.

A face lift will reposition, refine and support deep tissues like the mid-facial fat pad and the jowl as well as tighten the skin. The end result is a rejuvenated and rested appearance.

For those who do not want, or need, a full face lift, minimally and non-invasive options are also available such as a surgical cheek/neck lift or non-invasive skin tightening procedures.

See more Santa Barbara facial plastic surgery options available by Dr. Perkins. Call Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perkins.

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Perkins Helps People to Look Their Best . . . Naturally

There has been an interesting article circulating this week from Newsweek called “The Beauty Advantagewhich discusses how external beauty has become more emphasized by society. The article claims that the looks of a person can impact a person’s status, wealth and more. During the course of the article, the author points out examples of how beauty does, in fact, play a role in the work place – and can be the determining factor in which candidate gets the job or the promotion. The author concludes with “Beauty has more influence than ever—not just over who we work with, but whether we work at all.”

The Newsweek article reinforces a press release from April 2009 in which Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins addressed that, even in a slowing economy, people are still spending money on cosmetic surgery or cosmetic procedures to upkeep their aesthetic appearances. In his 30 years of practicing plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, Dr. Terry Perkins has witnessed how a patient’s self-confidence can soar after an aesthetic procedure is done – whether it is something as simple as Botox to relax their wrinkles or a full facial rejuvenation through a face lift.

Many people desire work done by Dr. Perkins because he specializes in a more natural, “non-operated” look to enhance a person’s natural beauty. Patients experience superb results due to the fact that he takes the time to educate his patients and gives them the opportunity to make an informed decision with him about their treatment plan. Dr. Perkins also offers excellent pre-operative skin preparation and post-operative treatment to speed healing through Evolutions Medical Spa (of which he is the founder).
Whether you are entering a new career, leaving an old one, or simply are tired of looking at bags under your eyes or wrinkles on your forehead, cosmetic surgery may be an option for you. And Dr. Perkins can certainly help you put your best face forward!

Call Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins. 805.563.000. 

Face Lifts by Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Perkins Look “Moore” Natural, Less Operated

Dr. Terry Perkins of Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center believes in the importance of natural beauty. His cosmetic surgery procedures enhance facial appearance without looking like a cosmetic surgery procedure has been done . Dr. Perkins is an expert in facial rejuvenation face lifts leaving the patient with a rested, non-operated look.


It is cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Perkins, whose expertise allow him to perform face lift surgeries that look natural, that celebrities seek out to keep all of us wondering.
For instance, in a recent Fox News article titled Plastic Surgeons Weigh in on Demi Moore’s Pretty Face, Hollywood plastic surgeons contemplate the actress’s rumored cosmetic surgeries. Although they are left guessing whether or not the star has had a face lift, one thing they agree upon is that “As a 47-year-old, she would be defying all laws of nature by looking so good without true surgery, but she certainly could have a perfect combination of good genes, good fillers (such as Restylane or Juvederm), good skin care and Botox.”


Demi knows good skincare and most likely, a good cosmetic surgeon. If she has had cosmetic surgery it’s gone undetected from tabloids and paparazzi for decades due to her natural look—the same non-operated appearance that Dr. Perkins has perfected with his own patients through facial cosmetic surgery or through non-operated procedures such as Dr. Perkins’ Layered Liquid Lift – a non-surgical face lift.


The Fox News article speculates that Demi underwent eyelid surgery, perhaps an eyelid lift in order to revive her look. Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara offers eyelid lift procedures that result in a re-energized, more youthful look. There is a range of Santa Barbara eyelid surgeries available, depending on a patient’s needs, and Dr. Perkins treats each patient on a case-by-case basis. He goes more in depth about various eyelid surgeries in a past blog post.


Take a hint from Demi. Learn more about enhancing your natural beauty with one of Dr. Perkins rejuvenating face lifts, eye lifts, or even a non-invasive procedure, such as The Layered Liquid Lift.


Call Cosmetic Surgery Center today to book a consultation for a face lift, eye lift or to explore other facial rejuvenation options with Dr. Perkins at 805.563.0000. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Perkins sees patients at his Cosmetic Surgery Center offices in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Perkins is an Expert in a “Non-Surgical” Look

Yesterday an interesting article in the New York Times “Fashion & Style” section appeared online. Titled “A Little Too Ready for Her Close-Up?” it addressed the slow, but sure movement of Hollywood casting directors looking for a more “natural” woman and, in fact, have said that some are recruiting actors and actresses from Britain and Australia “because the amply endowed, freakishly young-looking crowd that shows up for auditions in Los Angeles suffers from too much sameness.”

Dr. Terry Perkins, a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon who has been practicing plastic surgery for over 30 years, understands this concept all too well and prides himself in performing facial surgeries that give the patient a well-rested, non-operated, rejuvenated appearance. Dr. Perkins combines his years of patient experience and expertise in cosmetic surgery to assess each patient on a case by case basis. Dr. Perkins does not perform a “cookie-cutter” face lift. He addresses each patient individually and customizes a face lift surgery to meet their needs and match their facial structure.
Dr. Perkins also performs facial rejuvenation surgery that may only address a specific part of the face such as an eyelid lift, brow lift or chin lift for those who do not want, or do not need, a full face lift. Dr. Perkins also offers non-surgical alternatives, such as the Layered Liquid Lift or Total Tightening procedures that take years off the face and are non-surgical procedures.


Along the lines of natural-looking cosmetic surgery, Dr. Perkins also performs a natural breast augmentation – a procedure where he can transfer a patient’s fat from liposuction to the breast area, which can be strategically placed to fill in areas that may be lacking or look unbalanced. Natural breast augmentation can up the cup size by one, depending on the amount of fat retrieved from liposuction. Natural breast augmentation gives the patient a boost, without the use of implants.
Schedule a consultation for a cosmetic surgery with natural results by Dr. Terry Perkins today! Dr. Perkins sees patients in Santa Barbara at his Cosmetic Surgery Center offices. For an appointment, call 805.563.0000.

Ask Dr. Perkins – Facelift Options – Part 2

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins answers questions about cosmetic surgery procedures from his readers and clients. This is an addendum to the post on Monday, March 22, 2010.

The question from yesterday’s post was about whether Dr. Perkins performs facelifts that are less invasive and have a shorter recovery time. Dr. Perkins shared with readers that the Layered Liquid Lift is a great option for non-surgical facial rejuvenation with results that last 12 to 18 months.

If someone is looking for facial rejuvenation with long-lasting results, Dr. Perkins recommends cheek and neck lifts. Cheek and neck lifts address some of the typical issues (jowls or deep nasolabial folds) that bother many people but are done with smaller incisions and therefore involve less downtime.

View more Before-and-after pictures of cosmetic surgery performed by Dr. Perkins at his surgical suite in Santa Barbara.

Book a consultation with Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000. Dr. Perkins sees patients at his cosmetic surgery office in Santa Barbara.

Ask Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Perkins – Popular Cosmetic Procedures in Santa Barbara

Dr. Terry Perkins, a cosmetic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara for over 30 years, answers your questions about cosmetic surgery. Email your questions to Dr. Perkins with “Question for the Cosmetic Surgeon” in the subject line and look for an answer on our cosmetic surgery blog soon!

Q: Hi Dr. Perkins. What are your most popular plastic surgery procedures?

A: Thanks for contacting me! The breakdown of the procedures I perform is about 30% liposuction and 70% divided out between other procedures such as face lifts, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), eyelifts, neck and chin lifts and other facial aging issues.

Liposuction is used to improve a person’s body contours. It is not a weight-loss alternative. Often people get liposuction in Santa Barbara to treat areas that are more stubborn than others. Many women who have had children find that they have abdomen bulges that are harder to work off due to stretched skin from pregnancy. Skin removal can be done along with the abdominal liposuction and this procedure then turns into a mini-tummy tuck. Another popular area treated by liposuction are the legs, specifically the inner and outer thighs, where the main goal is to decrease bulk with a smooth end result. The upper arms are also a common place for liposuction – where I may have to remove excess skin along with liposuction to help the patient lose the “bat wing” look. I do not do breast augmentation, but in some cases am able to transfer the patient’s fat from liposuction to the breast area for a “natural” breast augmentation. Read more about that in one of my previous posts.

The other 70% of the cosmetic procedures that I do involve the facial area. A face lift addresses skin laxity with the end result being a natural, well-rested, non-operated look. A chin procedure using an implant gives a “weak” chin a more prominent look. An eye lid lift, or eye lid surgery, addresses sagging skin or bulges that may make a person look tired or unhappy. A forehead procedure lifts the forehead and brow, opening up the eyes and minimizing frown lines (with the partial removal of the frown muscles). A neck lift removes sagging skin and fat accumulation that is often seen as one ages. Neck lifts re-contour the neck for a more youthful appearance. Nasal surgery (or rhinoplasty) is done to improve appearance or breathing function.

Book a consultation for cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara! Call my office – Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group at 805.563.0000. Visit our FAQs page for answers to common questions about cosmetic surgery procedures, financing and more.