Face Lifts in Santa Barbara by Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins

If you are reading this, chances are you are in the important decision-making process of where and who to get a face lift from in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara has many cosmetic and plastic surgeons, which may actually make the decision of who to use and where to get it done more difficult.

It is very exciting to have a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon and sometimes overwhelming. During your consultation, discuss your goals and make it a point to find out about the doctor. Keep in mind that this is your opportunity to “interview” the doctor too. Here is a list of suggested questions to discuss with the prospective doctor:

    • How long has the doctor been in practice?


    • Is the doctor board certified for cosmetic/plastic surgery?


    • Where will the surgery take place? If the surgery is done in a surgical suite, outside of the hospital, ask the doctor how s/he handles emergencies during the surgery. Will you be taken to the nearest Emergency Room if there is a complication?


    • Will you have access to the doctor before the surgery to address any additional concerns?


    • What type of post-operative care does the doctor and his staff offer?


    • How do you access the doctor after the surgery if you are having complications or questions? Especially during the weekend when the doctor’s office is most likely not open.


  • Ask to see before-and-after pictures of work done by the doctor.

When it comes to face lifts, Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins is a natural choice. He has been doing facial aesthetic surgery for over 30 years in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and is double board certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the AAOHNS (facial plastic surgery). He performs procedures in his surgical suite at his Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group practice. What sets Dr. Perkins apart from the others is that he prides himself in giving his patients a “natural, non-operated” look.

A face lift by Dr. Perkins will address skin laxity in the neck and cheeks. It will reposition, refine, and support deep tissues like the midfacial fat pad and the jowl as well as tighten the skin. Incisions are barely visible, hidden in the hair and around the ears.
Results from a face lift by Dr. Perkins is a rested and rejuvenated look. Dr. Perkins also does minimally invasive check-neck lifts with a shorter healing time. If you are not ready for a full face lift surgery, Dr. Perkins has also developed an exclusive protocol that is non-invasive with no down time called Total Tightening which is performed at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara where he is the founder and medical director. Read more about Total Tightening on the Evolutions Medical Spa’s website.

Read more about Dr. Perkins on Cosmetic Surgery Center’s website. Visit Cosmetic Surgery Center’s FAQs page to have most of your questions answered. Call 805-563-0000 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Perkins for a Santa Barbara face lift.

Ask Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Perkins – Eyelid Lift Surgery

Dr. Terry Perkins, a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, answers your questions and addresses your concerns about body shaping through liposuction, facial rejuvenation including face lifts and non-surgical procedures such as wrinkle reduction through BOTOX Cosmetic or Dysport. Email your cosmetic surgery questions to Dr. Perkins and look for his reply soon!

Q. Hi Dr. Perkins. I am a 65 year old woman who has never had plastic surgery. I am very interested in an eye lift to make my face look more “refreshed” and would like to know more about the procedure and the anesthesia part of it.


A. Eyelid surgery – medically known as blepharoplasty – can significantly rejuvenate your appearance. Sagging skin above the eye or fat bulges (“bags”) under the eye can make one look tired or unhappy. To treat the fat bulges beneath the eye we usually make incisions in one of two locations: inside the eyelid or just below the lashes so the incision hides in the normal creases. Fat is removed and heavy muscle can be “thinned”. The fat can be transplanted into “hollows” or to the lid to be tightened.
For the upper eye, there are several options – and the first thing we do is determine if it is the brow or the eye that is sagging. Examining your brow in relation to your brow bone can help to determine if you will need an eye lift or brow lift. Upper eyelid lifts may involve removal of excess skin, muscle or fat bulges near the nose. However one must consider whether the problem is confined to the eyelid or if the forehead tissue is sagging and causing the false appearance of excess upper lid skin. By raising the brow to its normal position, one can see if the issue is primarily the upper eyelid, forehead relaxation or both.


Moving on to address your question about anesthesia – we can often do the surgeries discussed above using local sedation, which is a combination of local anesthesia and oral sedation. In my thirty years of practice, I have found using local sedation instead of general anesthesia makes a much easier recovery for the patient immediately after surgery and in the days following they tend to use less post-operative medication.

The down time for eyelid surgery is usually about one week.

I treat each patient on an individualized basis and will be able to know what option is best for you after discussing your concerns and an examination. Please call my office if you’d like to schedule an appointment.
Visit Cosmetic Surgery Center’s website to view Santa Barbara eyelid surgery “before” and “after” pictures. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perkins, please call Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000 or 805.988.1000. Dr. Perkins is a cosmetic surgeon in Santa Barbara and has been serving the tri-counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo for over thirty years.