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 Plastic Surgery Trends in 2014

The statistics for cosmetic surgery trends in 2014 have been published by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It is always interesting to see what the most popular procedures are!

The top 5 cosmetic surgery procedures in 2014 were:

A few other procedures that are worth noting (as we do them in our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office) are:
If you are interested in having cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara, call 805-563-0000 to set up an appointment with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins.

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 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 and Oxnard at his Cosmetic Surgery Center offices. He performs all surgeries in his fully-accredited surgical suite in Santa Barbara. 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 offices in Santa Barbara and Oxnard.

Ask Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Perkins – Skin Tightening and Lightening Without Surgery

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, owner of Santa Barbara’s Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group, answers questions about cosmetic surgery, liposuction and more. Email your questions to Dr. Perkins with “Question for the Cosmetic Surgeon” in the subject line and we will feature your question on our blog.

Q: Hi Dr. Perkins, I have received an email from Evolutions Medical Spa that is featuring an event about skin tightening without surgery. I have heard your name associated with the spa and I’d like to know how you are involved with the spa and what the event is about.

A. Great topic! I founded Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa as a place for people to be treated for non-invasive medical aesthetic services in a spa setting that is serene and luxurious. I work closely with the nurses and medical estheticians to bring clients the most innovative treatments combined with the best technology for a variety of skin types and concerns including wrinkles, acne, sun damage, cellulite, hair removal, and stretch marks. I have a hands-on approach with Evolutions, including seeing patients on site weekly and personally training the staff.

Evolutions hosts educational events that are free and open to the public on a topic chosen by me and my staff. I give a presentation and, if applicable, a live demonstration, that is followed by a discussion period where we encourage the audience to ask questions and learn more about the topic. It is our belief that educating the client with information and facts enables them to make an active decision in their skin care. In addition, we usually have a raffle and specials that attendees are eligible for.

Education at Evolutions topic this month is about skin Tightening and Lightening and is taking place tomorrow – Wednesday, October 28th! We will discuss how you can achieve facial rejuvenation without surgery. I look forward to seeing everyone at the event and more information about it follows:

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Refreshments, Raffle, Specials for Attendees!

Please RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212

Americans Spent $12 Billion on Cosmetic Procedures Last Year

Last month my surgical office, Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, sent out a Press Release about how people are continuing to invest in themselves, even in the economic downturn that we find ourselves in. This is happening for many reasons – one reason that I hear (and read about online) stated again and again is that many believe appearing youthful plays a role in getting hired, or keeping their current job. Especially when someone is in a position to represent the company and meet clients face to face.

It is evident that more and more people are turning to cosmetic surgery or cosmetic procedures – since 1997, cosmetic enhancements have increased an astounding 457 percent! Last year Americans spent almost $12 billion on procedures – not necessarily all surgeries. Many people choose non-surgical options for their facial rejuvenation such as fillers like Restylane or wrinkle-relaxers like Botox which gives them results without a long recovery period.
Cosmetic Surgery Center offers our patients many choices in facial and body rejuvenation. Some of our surgical procedures can be done safely and comfortably without general anesthesia – leading to a shorter recovery time. Cosmetic Surgery Center has offices in Santa Barbara and Oxnard and all surgeries are performed in a fully-accredited surgical suite in Santa Barbara.
If you are considering any plastic or cosmetic surgery procedures, call and make an appointment for a consultation – we thoroughly answer all your questions and explain all your options. We are experts in performing surgeries to give you a natural, non-operated look!