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. 

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. 

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.

A Facelift in Santa Barbara Can Turn Back The Clock

Facelift surgery in Santa Barbara is a great way to take years off your look. Many people who come to see me for a Facelift surgery consultation often express that their “older” appearance is hiding the fact that they still feel young at heart (or sometimes, they are still youthful but their image tells a different story).

While many people may debate over why or when a person ages, there is much less debate about the characteristics of an aging or “mature” face. Some people may have all the characteristics and others may have just a few:
  • Facial and neck skin are loose due to loss of elasticity and muscle tone
  • Wrinkles in the face and neck are deep
  • The lower part of the cheek – the jowls – become heavy and may look like they are “hanging”
  • Chin is less defined and/or the neck area is saggy
  • The overall appearance looks tired
Facelift surgery can address all of the characteristics above to help restore a youthful appearance. When I perform a facelift in Santa Barbara, I address the neck and cheek areas. My goal is to return fullness to the cheeks (mid-facial implants may be necessary to achieve the correct balance), lift the jowls, and smooth the neck. Deep tissue work will provide contouring, support, tightening and will also add longevity to the result.

Facelift surgery is done using a combination of local anesthesia, oral and intravenous sedation to provide relaxation and lack of awareness through the procedure. General anesthesia is not used. Most people return to work 8 to 10 days after the surgery (depending upon job requirements).

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we specialize in facelift surgery and facial rejuvenation that yields a natural, rested, non-operated look. To schedule an appointment, please call my office at 805-563-0000.

Santa Barbara Facelift Surgery Can Delay Aging

An emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, including a regular exercise routine and mindful eating practices, has allowed many people to live into their 80s and 90s. As a result, many people feel like the fountain of youth . . . until they look in the mirror. Unfortunately, the aging process is not dictated by how a person “feels”! But there are proactive ways to delay the aging process and one of them is to have a face lift by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins.

A youthful face resembles an upside down triangle, with lots of volume around the eyes and cheekbones. As people approach their 50s and 60s, their skin begins to sag, fine lines and wrinkles become more pronounced, and the face shape changes and droops. Often an aging face can make people look sad or upset, even though they are not.

A face lift can restore a youthful appearance by returning fullness to the cheeks, lifting the jowls, and smoothing the neck. Some people may consider mid-facial implants to further add balance and fullness to the cheeks. The deep tissue work of a face lift will provide contouring, support, tightening, and add longevity to the final result thus turning back the clock and slowing the aging process overall.

When Dr. Perkins does a facelift, the incisions are hidden within the natural creases and contours of the ears and hair, so there will be no obvious scarring. General anesthesia is not needed; instead a combination of local anesthesia, oral and IV sedation provides relaxation and lack of awareness through the procedure. Pain is usually minimal, easily controlled by Tylenol or Ibuprofen, and most patients are able to return to work in 8 to 10 days (depending on job requirements).

If you are interested in restoring your youthful appearance – with a natural, “non-operated” look – contact Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara at 805-563-0000 for a facelift consultation

New Facelift Information: How Long Do Facelifts Last?

A facelift in Santa Barbara by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins is an investment. It will take years off your appearance and may halt, or at very least, slow down, your aging process for a number of years. Of course results always vary from person to person and so there is a degree of difficulty involved when a prospective facelift candidate asks the doctor, “How long will my facelift last?”

The good news is there is new information from a study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery about the longevity of a facelift procedure. The study evaluated the long-term results of 50 facelift patients. The researchers of the study found that “76 percent of patients will still look younger five and a half years after a facelift than they did prior to the facelift”. They further stated that there was “no significant objective or subjective sign of continued aging or ‘relapse’ in any area except for the neck” and that the “vast majority of patients will continue to look better several years after surgery than they did before.”

From the data in the study, it is safe to say that three-quarters of patients who have facelift surgery will see nice, long term results. If you are looking to rejuvenate your appearance with a natural, “non-operated” and rested look, call Dr. Perkins’ office for a cosmetic surgery appointment to discuss your aging face concerns and Santa Barbara facelift options – 805-563-0000.

Male Plastic Surgery – FaceLifts, Liposuction – On The Rise

The latest news on plastic surgery is that in 2010 it was on the rise, with men! According to a recent Press Release on The American Society of Plastic Surgeons website, cosmetic surgery rose “2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009”. Two percent may sound like a small figure, until you read that 1.1 million men had minimally invasive and aesthetic surgical procedures done in 2010. Among those 1.1 million procedures, facelifts rose by 14 percent and liposuction increased by 7 percent. Top ten cosmetic procedures that saw an increase in 2010 were:

  1. Facelift (14 percent increase)
  2. Ear surgery (Otoplasty) (11 percent increase)
  3. Soft tissue dermal fillers (10 percent increase)
  4. Botulinum toxin Type A (Cosmetic Botox) (9 percent increase)
  5. Liposuction (7 percent increase)
  6. Breast reduction in men (6 percent increase)
  7. Eyelid surgery (4 percent increase)
  8. Dermabrasion (4 percent increase)
  9. Laser hair removal (4 percent increase)
  10. Laser treatment of leg veins (4 percent increase)

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins has treated men and women over the years and is not surprised to see a rise in the number of men seeking cosmetic enhancements. With men and women living longer, more robust lives, Dr. Perkins understands that people want to look how they feel on the inside – vibrant and youthful. One of Dr. Perkins’ plastic surgical specialities is facial rejuvenation. Dr. Perkins’ goal is not about constructing a new face, instead he aims to give the person a natural, non-operated, restful look. Facial rejuvenation can vary, dependent upon what the person wants to address:

  • Facelifts mainly address skin laxity in the cheek and neck
  • Eye lid surgery (eye lifts) correct sagging skin and bulges around the eye area that often gives people an unhappy or tired appearance
  • Forehead lifts (or brow lifts) reposition the forehead and brow upward which helps to open up the eyes
  • Neck lifts re-contours the neck and chin area, helping to re-define facial features that have softened due to the extra skin and fat accumulation (often this surgery alone makes people look like they have lost weight)
  • Lip enhancement, which can be done with a fat graft or implant (and also on a more temporary basis with dermal fillers), adds volume and fullness

Dr. Perkins also performs body contouring through liposuction which can also be done in conjunction with skin removal (for those who have lost a significant amount of weight and are left with excess skin). Evolutions Medical Spa, a medical spa in Santa Barbara that is founded by Dr. Perkins, does non-invasive enhancements such as the anti-wrinkle treatments of Botox and Dysport as well as dermal fillers that temporarily add volume to the face by filling in lines and wrinkles. Evolutions’ newest treatment that may appeal to men (although it is for both men and women) is Laser Hair Restoration – a non-surgical hair restoration process that can stop hair loss and re-grow hair.
Let Dr. Perkins help you – men and women – look your best! For more information on Santa Barbara plastic surgery procedures, schedule a consultation with Dr. Perkins at his Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara near Cottage Hospital: 805-563-0000. For more information about non-invasive aesthetic procedures, call Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara at 805-687-0212 or fill out this form to request a complimentary consultation.

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.