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.

Facelift Surgery in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins

Facelift surgery (cheek/neck lift) restores a youthful, natural appearance. When a person has a facelift, the results include:

  • Returning fullness to the cheeks
  • Lifting of the jowls
  • Smoothing the neck

Mid-facial implants or fat grafting might be suggested to further enhance the procedure if indicated.

What is done during Facelift Surgery?
Some surgeons simply pull the facial skin tighter which can result in an “operated” or “wind tunnel” appearance. Dr. Perkins feels it is important to lift and support the deep tissues so the skin tightening doesn’t need to be the main component of lift. By doing this patients should never have a stretched appearance and the deeper support will add longevity to the result. Incisions are hidden in the natural creases around the ears and in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved).

Does Facelift Surgery Require General Anesthesia?
No, it does not. Many people are surprised to hear that general anesthesia is not needed for facelift surgery. Instead, we use a combination of oral, IV and local anesthesia to provide relaxation and control any discomfort. And with this technique patients usually have little or no pain, so Tylenol or ibuprofen is all that is needed during recovery. A light elastic dressing is used for the first 4-5 days and most patients return to work in 8-10 days.

Facelift in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins

These Before and After Facelift Photos are of an actual patient of Dr. Terry J. Perkins, performed at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Click here to view more of our Facelift before and after photos.

Interested in restoring your youthful appearance?
Schedule a Facelift consultation with Dr. Perkins at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, CA, by calling (805) 563-0000. 

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.

Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise Worldwide

At the annual IMCAS Aesthetic Surgery & Cosmetic Dermatology World Congress it was reported that the cosmetic surgery market worldwide grew by 8.3% in 2016 with about $8.9 billion spent on cosmetic surgery procedures and non-invasive aesthetic treatments. The prediction for 2017 and beyond is that the number will keep growing.

The trend towards people wanting to “look their best” is due to many factors, but what we commonly hear in our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office is:

  • I want to look the age that I feel.
  • My face reflects a look that says sad/tired/upset/unhappy when I’m not.
  • I need to look younger because the job market is competitive.

Cosmetic surgery is also on the rise because techniques have far advanced since surgeries of a few decades ago which means less downtime and better results. Also, there are many minimally-invasive plastic surgery options available that are less expensive with a shorter recovery time that give a nice, natural result. In addition to better surgery procedures, many patients are surprised that all of our cosmetic surgeries can be performed without going under general anesthesia. We use a combination of local anesthesia and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation that provides relaxation and amnesia.

If you are interested in turning back the clock and desire a natural, rested, “non-operated” look, call our office (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation today. We specialize in facial rejuvenation and liposuction body contouring.

Santa Barbara Facelift Surgery Review

At our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice, we highly value any input from our patients. It is especially nice to receive notes such as this one (referring to myself, Dr. Perkins, and Nancy, my nurse):

It has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with you both. For me it was a real privilege to have a facelift done by two experienced, professional, and artistic people. You were both so caring and supportive. Thank you for being such wonderful human beings.  


If you are interested in plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, schedule a consultation by calling my office at (805) 563-0000.


When is the Right Time to have Cosmetic Surgery?

“When is the right time to have cosmetic surgery?” As a plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara, I am often asked this question.

The fact is that the “right time” will be different for everyone. Every person ages at their own unique pace, so I do not like to say that the “right time” to have a facelift is between 45 and 55 because someone may be a candidate for facelift surgery at a younger age and others may be able to wait until their later years. Also, for most people, they must consider the cost of the surgery and recuperation time.

I have been practicing cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara for over three decades and have found that truly the “right time” is when the person has taken into consideration the surgery, their budget, and the time off. Once they have gotten these in order, they feel ready to do it.

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we offer facial rejuvenation (facelifts, eye lifts, neck lifts, and more) and body contouring liposuction. Contact us at (805) 563-0000 for a consultation appointment.

Solutions for An Aging Face

CSC_Jan_2016As we age, our body changes and our facial features tend to lose their youthful shape. The production of collagen and elastin slows and the skin’s ability to repair itself starts to slow down. Gravity also plays a roll in an aging face as fat starts to shift downward.

The good news is that nowadays there are multiple ways to treat facial aging. In this blog post I will touch upon a few of the most popular facial aging concerns that I see and discuss aesthetic treatments or plastic surgery procedures that can help turn back the clock.

Problem: The ligaments along the jawline have weakened and the jowls are sagging.
Solution: A natural, youthful appearance can be restored with Facelift surgery by returning fullness to the cheeks, lifting the jowls and smoothing the neck.

Problem: Facial volume has decreased and settled, resulting in the lower face becoming “heavier” or more prominent.
Solution: The Layered Liquid lift is a non-surgical solution for volume loss. A variety of injectable fillers (such as Radiesse and Restylane) are done in a “layering” technique to plump the skin from the inside out. Wrinkles are filled and fullness is restored.

Problem: Cheeks have lost their volume and appear flat which lengthens the face.
Solution: Deflated cheeks can be treated with a minimally-invasive Cheek Lift with fat grafting. A cheek lift elevates the fat pad in the cheek to re-establish fullness to the eyes and cheeks. A small amount of fat is harvested (usually from the abdomen or thighs) to add additional volume where it may be needed, such as in the nasolabial lines (the lines from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth) or the “comma” lines around the mouth. A Cheek Lift can also be done without fat grafting.

Problem: Wrinkles and uneven pigmentation, usually from sun damage.
Solution: Chemabrasion involves a medium-depth chemical peel with a light dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion) which usually gives a person 70 to 80% improvement in the appearance.

Over my 30 years of cosmetic surgery practice, I have learned that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for aging concerns. While the solutions above may be ideal for some, others may benefit from a different cosmetic surgery or aesthetic treatment.

If you are interesting in restoring you appearance, I invite you to schedule a consultation appointment at my Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery office (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.
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. 


Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Barbara

At our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center we are dedicated to helping you look your best. We believe in educating our clients so that they may make informed decisions about their surgical procedure. Face Lifts, Forehead Lifts, Rhinoplasty, and Liposuction are some of the cosmetic surgery procedures that we offer. Non-surgical options such as Botox and dermal fillers are also available. Call our office at (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation.