Forehead Lift Surgery in Santa Barbara

When a person’s forehead has relaxed, causing the eyebrows to lower and the eyes to be crowded, they may appear angry, tired, or sad (when they are not). Many people think that it is their eyes that need to be done and are surprised to hear that it is the forehead area that needs to be addressed.

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we offer Forehead lift surgery – also referred to as a “brow lift” – to reposition the forehead and brow upward. This one procedure gives multiple benefits:

  1. Raises the eyebrows to their normal position which opens the eyes and “removes” excess upper lid skin – try it yourself in the mirror.
  2. Smooths the horizontal forehead lines.
  3. Improves crow’s feet by tightening the temporal area.
  4. Removes/softens the frown lines between your eyebrows.

Forehead lift surgery is done through three small incisions in the hair (hair does not need to be shaved). This allows access to the muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of these muscles causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissues are shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures for the healing process.

As with all of our cosmetic surgeries, general anesthesia is not needed. Local anesthesia and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation, provides relaxation and amnesia. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Most people return to work in 5 to 7 days after surgery.

We do not overdo the tissue lift because that can leave a person looking surprised and “operated”. Instead we take a more conservative approach so the result will be a natural, rested appearance.

View our Forehead Lift Before-and-After Photos Here

If you are interested in restoring your youthful appearance, call us today at (805) 563-0000 to schedule a 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.

Forehead Lift Plastic Surgery Renews Your Look

At the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara many of our patients come to see us because they feel their appearance has changed. The patients describe their look as “tired”, “sad” or “angry” when that is not how they feel. In many of these cases, relaxation of the forehead is the culprit. The heaviness in the forehead causes the eyebrows to lower and the eyes become crowded. When this happens, a person can appear tired, sad, or angry. If this is the case, a Forehead Lift – also known as a “Brow Lift” – can be done to renew their look.

The benefits of a forehead lift are multiple:

  1. The eyebrows are raised to their normal position which opens the eyes and “removes” excess upper lid skin. (Try this in the mirror and see the difference!)
  2. The horizontal forehead lines are smoothed.
  3. The frown lines between your eyebrows are removed / softened.
  4. Crow’s feet are improved by tightening the temporal area.
A forehead lift surgery is done through three small incisions in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved). The muscles that cause frowning are partially removed which causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some normal function for expression. The forehead tissues are shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures for the healing process.
Patients are surprised that general anesthesia is not needed. A combination of local anesthesia and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous solution, provides relaxation and amnesia. Pain is controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen and is usually minimal. Most people take 5 to 7 days off work after the surgery.

The forehead lift plastic surgery will leave you looking natural, rested, and “non-operated”. Pictured below are before and after pictures of a forehead lift patient of Dr. Perkins.

santa barbara plastic surgery forehead lift dr perkins
View more before and after forehead lift pictures here.

If you are tired of looking tired, call our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office at (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation appointment to renew your appearance. 

Forehead Lift in Santa Barbara

Do your eyebrows look like they have permanently moved downward? You are probably not imagining it! As we age, the forehead area naturally relaxes. This relaxation can lead to flattening of the eyebrows and crowding of the upper eyelids.

What can we do about a droopy brow?
One of our most popular cosmetic surgery procedures is the Forehead Lift (also referred to as a Brow Lift). The Forehead Lift elevates the eyebrows to where they once were and subsequently it opens up the eyes as well.

forehead-lift-surgery-santa-barbaraWhat are the benefits of Forehead Lift surgery?
There are several positive benefits to Forehead Lift surgery, including:

  • Raising the eyebrows to their normal position
  • Improvement of crow’s feet by tightening the temporal area
  • Smoothing of horizontal frown lines
  • Softening of the frown lines between the eyes
How does Forehead Lift surgery work?
Forehead Lift surgery involves partial removal of the muscles in the forehead that causes frowning. Some muscle is retained for normal expressions. The forehead tissues are then shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures.
Are there any visible scars from the surgery?
The short answer is, no! Three small incisions are hidden in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved) to allow access to the muscles that cause frowning.
What can I expect during the recovery?
The surgery is done with local anesthesia and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation. Since general anesthesia is not used, patients do not experience the “hangover” from general anesthesia. Walking may be started right away. Most people return to work in 5 to 7 days. Activities can be gradually increased over the next three weeks as tolerated.
View before and after photos of Forehead Lift surgery here.
For a Forehead Lift consultation, call my Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center office at (805) 563-0000. 

 

Cosmetic Surgery for Men in Santa Barbara

This blog post was written by a staff member of Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their stats for cosmetic surgeries in 2014. Over 1.6 million cosmetic surgery procedures were done last year. Surprisingly, they also reported that plastic surgery is on the rise for men. There are many reasons to have cosmetic surgery, but in our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice, our male patients vocalize these three reasons the most:

Keeping Young for the Career
Whether a man is in the midst of a highly successful career, re-entering the workforce, or starting in a new field, many have discovered that companies tend to prefer younger men. While most interviewers are prohibited from asking the candidate their age directly, they definitely can infer an age range based on looks. Cosmetic surgery will lessen the appearance of aging and give the person a happy and alert appearance (as opposed to looking tired and/or angry). All of these factors can positively contribute to a person’s career.

Looking Good for His Selfie
Almost everyone – men and women – are on social media. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and many more social media accounts are some of the main ways that people meet and/or keep in touch. Sharing pictures – from profile pictures to everyday happenings – is the main focus on many social media accounts. Even LinkedIn, used primarily for business networking, encourages profile pictures of their users. Pictures give people more of a connection, especially if they have not met in person. It is a natural instinct to want to put your best face forward and cosmetic surgery is one way to remove the bags under the eyes, the double chin, or the wrinkles on the forehead so one looks good in real life and in pictures.

Deleting a Decade off Dad
Many dads are highly involved in their kids lives these days and may be “burning the candle at both ends” between working full time and parenting full time. We hear dads say that their busy lifestyle leads to lack of (or less) exercise, questionable nutritional habits, too little sleep, too much worry and/or stress, all of which can accelerate the aging process (along with exposure to the sun’s UV rays and environmental pollution). As the kids get older and begin to be more independent, some of the dads look in the mirror and feel like their father is looking back at them. This is when they may seek cosmetic surgery or a minimally-invasive procedure (like Botox or dermal fillers) to help them look the way they feel – young and full of life. (We know that this paragraph can apply to moms too, but we’re focusing this blog post on dads!)

Some of the more popular facial rejuvenation cosmetic surgeries for men include:

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we believe that there is not a one-size-fits-all surgery for people who are trying to turn back the clock. Each person’s needs are evaluated and our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins will work with the patient to form an individualized treatment plan. The result will be a natural, rested, and “non-operated” look. 
Eyelid Lift Surgery by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins.
To schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Terry J. Perkins, call Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara at 805-563-0000. 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Forehead Lift

At Cosmetic Surgery Center we specialize in facial rejuvenation. As a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, I would say that one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries is the Forehead Lift. The overall feedback we receive from patients is that they are very pleased with the result.

Why get a Forehead Lift? As we age, gravity takes over and the forehead area begins to relax. This can result in the brow looking “heavy” and the eyes taking on a hooded appearance. Many patients feel that the heavy brow makes them look tired, unhappy, or even angry and that their eyes, often the first thing a person notices about someone, may look smaller too.

Who is a good candidate for a Forehead Lift? Most patients that we see, both men and women, are in their 50s and older. However, some patients in their 40s are also good candidates for this surgery. Each surgery is done on a case-by-case basis and we would not say yes or no based purely on age.

What can you expect from a Forehead Lift? I perform surgeries from a conservative approach so that my patients will not have a “surprised” look. A successful Forehead Lift will raise the eyebrows back to their normal position, smooth the horizontal frown lines in the forehead, soften the frown lines between the brow area, and improve crow’s feet around the eyes.

How is the surgery done? The surgery is done through three small incisions hidden in the hair area (the hair does not need to be shaved). Partial removal of the muscle in the forehead causes permanent weakening while still retaining some function for normal expressions. The forehead tissue is then shifted upward and held with dissolvable stitches in the desired position. Most patients are glad to hear that general anesthesia is not needed. The Forehead Lift surgery can be done with oral sedation and local anesthesia alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation.

What is the recovery like for Forehead Lift surgery? Patients will go home with a light compression dressing used during early healing to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Most people return to work in 5 to 7 days.

How would you describe the result? The lifted forehead and the brows that are returned to their normal position often give people a more youthful appearance and the eyes look less tired, more alert. Overall we would say that the person will appear to be rejuvenated without looking “operated” on.

Before and After Forehead Lift Photos; Surgery Performed by Dr. Terry J. Perkins

If you feel that your brow is weighing you “down”, schedule a consultation with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins. Call 805-563-0000 for an appointment. 

Forehead Lift in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins

When our patients get Botox in Santa Barbara by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, they love the result of a smooth forehead because it can dramatically change their look from tired, angry or worried to stress-free and more youthful. The only drawback that most people express about Botox is that it doesn’t last forever! The majority of patients that we see at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara require Botox about four times a year to maintain a line-less forehead.

If you are a Botox/Dysport devotee, you may want to consider Forehead Lift surgery (also known as a Brow Lift) sometime in the future. Forehead Lift surgery benefits include raising of the eyebrows back to their normal position, smoothing of horizontal frown lines and softening the frown lines between the brow area, and tightening the temporal area to improve crow’s feet. Dr. Perkins always takes a “conservative” approach in this surgery to avoid giving the patient a “surprised” look.

The surgery is done through three small incisions that are hidden in the hair area (the hair does not need to be shaved) to give Dr. Perkins access to the forehead muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of the muscle causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissue is then shifted upward to the desired position and held in place with dissolvable stitches.

General anesthesia is not needed for this surgery. Oral sedation and local anesthesia alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation, will provide relaxation and amnesia. A light compression dressing is used during early healing to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Most people return to work in 5 to 7 days.

If you are looking for long-lasting wrinkle improvement for your forehead lines, a Forehead Lift by Dr. Perkins may be a good choice for you.

For more information on Forehead Lift surgery by Dr. Perkins, contact his Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara office at 805-563-0000.

Cosmetic Surgery Highlight: Forehead Lifts in Santa Barbara

One of the first things that people notice about others is their eyes. Eyes can convey so many messages without anything actually being said. Unfortunately for some of us, as we age, the forehead and brow relax downward, making us look unhappy or less approachable when we actually do not feel that way. Fortunately this problem is easily solvable with a Forehead Lift by Dr. Perkins.

What happens during a forehead lift?
Forehead lift surgery is usually done through three incisions hidden in the hair (the hair does not have to be shaved) that are undetectable. These incisions allow access to the muscles in the forehead that cause frowning. Partial removal of the muscle causes permanent weakening of the muscle while retaining some function for normal expressions. The forehead tissue is shifted upward to the desired position. If there is “hooding” or crowding of the upper eyelids and crow’s feet, then the outer (temporal) forehead areas can be treated as an independent procedure.

General anesthesia is not needed. Local sedation and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation, will provide relaxation and amnesia. Pain after the surgery is usually minimal and controlled with Ibuprofen or Tylenol.

What are the benefits of a forehead lift?
Benefits of a forehead lift surgery include raising the eyebrows to their normal position (which often removes some excess upper eyelid skin), tightening of the temporal area to improve crow’s feet, softening of the frown lines between the eyebrows, and smoothing of the horizontal forehead lines.

Dr. Perkins always takes a conservative approach when performing facial cosmetic surgeries to avoid giving a patient a “surprised” look. Instead, patients of Dr. Perkins are happy with their results because they look natural and well-rested. View more before-and-after forehead lift surgery pictures, performed by Dr. Perkins, here.

Schedule a forehead lift cosmetic surgery consultation in Santa Barbara by calling Dr. Perkins’ office – Cosmetic Surgery Center – at 805-563-0000.

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery That Can Help You Look Younger

We start aging from the day we are born and visible signs of aging start to show, for most people, in their twenties although the severity depends upon a variety of factors including genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle habits, and skin care maintenance. Unfortunately, many of us will end up with wrinkles and sagging skin that makes us look older than our actual age but we don’t have to live with these age-accelerating culprits! Find out which facial areas are more prone to making us look older and, most importantly, what we can do about them.

Age-Accelerating Culprit: Sagging Forehead and Forehead Wrinkles
Sagging foreheads and forehead wrinkles can greatly affect how old we look. Over time the forehead relaxes downward causing the eyebrows to flatten and crowd the upper eyelids. The result is a “heaviness” or “hooded” look to our eye area. Forehead wrinkles also form due to environmental damage and aging. Together, or alone, forehead wrinkles and a crowded upper eyelid area can make us look much older than we really are.

What Can Be Done About Sagging Foreheads and Forehead Wrinkles?
If forehead wrinkles, vertical or the horizontal “frown” lines between the eyebrows, are your biggest concern, these can be easily addressed with Botox or Dysport. These are injectable treatments that relax the muscles causing the frown lines. The treatment lasts about 3 to 4 months. Sagging foreheads are more successfully treated with cosmetic surgery.  Dr. Perkins approaches the Forehead Lift Surgery in a conservative manner so that the result is a natural, alert, and rested appearance which avoids a “surprised” look. Forehead surgery benefits include raising the eyebrows to their normal position (which often removes some excess upper lid skin), tightening of the temporal area to improve crow’s feet, smoothing the horizontal forehead lines and softening the frown lines between the eyebrows.

Forehead Lift: Actual Patient of Dr. Terry Perkins

Age-Accelerating Culprit: Wrinkles Around the Mouth
Wrinkles naturally form around the mouth from talking, laughing, smiling, eating, sun exposure, and especially, smoking. The deeper the wrinkles are, the more they give an aged appearance. In addition to wrinkles around the mouth, the lips can become deflated and sag, giving a person an unhappy and tired look. Smoking and sun can also cause vertical wrinkles above the lip, causing lipstick to bleed.

What Can Be Done About Wrinkles Around the Mouth?
Lip enhancement is a popular procedure but it is important that it is done to restore the volume that was lost and not to inflate the lips out of proportion from the rest of the face. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins can perform lip enhancement in a variety of ways, including permanent enhancement using a soft implant or grafts of a patient’s own fat (or other tissue) or temporary volume can be added with an injectable filler such as Restylane. Fillers can also be used to provide structure at the corners of the mouth so the lips won’t look down-turned and they can be used to fill deep lines around the mouth especially the nasolabial lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth.

Lip Enhancement: Actual Patient of Dr. Terry Perkins

Whether you choose to do temporary enhancements or more permanent cosmetic surgery in your mouth or forehead area (or maybe both!), you will be amazed at what a difference it will make to your overall appearance.

Dr. Terry Perkins performs facial cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara at his Cosmetic Surgery Center practice located near Cottage Hospital. View more of Dr. Perkins’ before-and-after cosmetic surgery pictures on his website. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins by calling 805-563-0000.

Cosmetic Surgery Highlight: Forehead Lift Surgery

Do you look in the mirror and feel surprised at the person staring back at you? You may feel young and happy, but your reflection may show a face that looks unhappy and tired. As most people age, the forehead relaxes downward, causing the eyebrows to flatten and crowd the upper eyelids, resulting in a drawn or upset appearance. Forehead wrinkles, in addition to a drooping forehead, may leave you looking ten years older than you feel.

One way to restore a more youthful appearance is through a Forehead Lift. At Cosmetic Surgery Center, Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins prefers to use a conservative approach when he shifts the tissues upward allowing for a natural, alert, and rested (but not “surprised”) look.
The Forehead Lift surgery has multiple benefits including raising the eyebrows to their normal position, tightening of the temporal area to improve “crow’s feet” around the eyes, smoothing of the horizontal forehead lines, and softening of the frown lines between the eyebrows. An additional benefit to a forehead lift is the opening up of the eyes.
Surgery does not need to be done under general anesthesia. It can be done with oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation. During the surgery, three small incisions are hidden in the hair (the hair does not need to be shaved) to allow access to the muscles that cause frowning. Partial removal of these muscles causes permanent weakening to the muscle while retaining some function for normal expression. The forehead tissues are shifted upward and held in place with dissolvable sutures while healing fixes the forehead in the desired position. A light compression dressing is used during early healing to keep swelling and bruising to a minimum.
Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Most people return to work in five to seven days. Walking may be started right away and activities will be gradually increased over the next three weeks, as tolerated.
The person featured in the before-and-after pictures above is an actual patient of Dr. Perkins. See additional Forehead Lift Before-and-After Pictures on his website.
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Perkins, please call 805.563.0000. Dr. Perkins operates in his own fully-accredited surgical suite located near to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.