Natural Breast Augmentation in Santa Barbara

Some women who are interested in breast augmentation are weary of the risk that implants bring. While many people tolerate implants with no problem, others may experience infection and/or capsular contracture (when the immune system attacks the implant and makes it distorted) or a number of other issues that implant surgery may cause. The other consideration for those having breast implants is that they will have to face another surgery down the road (about 10 to 15 years later) when the implants need to be switched out. An alternative to breast implants is breast augmentation using the woman’s own fat.

At Cosmetic Surgery Center, our natural breast augmentation procedure does not involve implants. Instead we use the patient’s own fat to create fuller breasts (usually we can go up one cup size). The fat is obtained through liposuction from the abdominal and/or leg areas. The liposuction and re-distribution of the fat is all done in the same surgery. The benefit to using fat is that I am able to choose specific areas to deposit the fat and, by doing so, can correct any unevenness much more precisely than an implant can.

If you are interested in natural breast augmentation in Santa Barbara contact my Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center office at (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation.

Natural Breast Augmentation in Santa Barbara

Breast augmentation can be done through fat transfer which uses a person’s own fat to enlarge the breast area up to one cup size. This is a great option for women who are hesitant to use implants for breast augmentation but want to re-fill sagging breasts (that often happen as a result of nursing or with age).

Dr. Perkins has been performing natural breast augmentation, usually with a breast lift, in Santa Barbara for many years. The fat is collected through liposuction from the person’s abdominal and/or leg areas and, in the same surgery, Dr. Perkins uses the fat to fill the breast area. A large benefit to using fat is that it allows Dr. Perkins to choose specific areas of where to place it so he can correct unevenness much more precisely than an implant can. 
Using a person’s own fat for breast augmentation eliminates side effects that implants can have. For example, there is no risk of capsular contracture (when the body’s immune system attacks the implant and collagen fibers squeeze and surround the implant making it distorted) and no rippling of the skin. Also, there is no worry about having to replace the implants in an additional surgery down the road (as it is suggested that implants should be replaced after 10 to 15 years). Natural breast augmentation is a safe and effective way to enhance your breast size and is less invasive than an implant surgery. 
Schedule a consultation for natural breast augmentation with Dr. Perkins at Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center by calling 805-563-0000.

Teen Plastic Surgery: Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins Weighs In

Cosmetic Surgery Center’s Dr. Terry Perkins was recently featured in a Santa Barbara NewsPress article looking at teen plastic surgery throughout the nation and in Santa Barbara. The article quotes teen plastic surgery statistics from The American Society of Plastic Surgery and the numbers may be higher than you expect. In 2005, more than 333,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients 18 and younger, as opposed to almost ten years prior (1996) where only a scant 14,000 teens had a cosmetic procedure done. Surgeries included nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), ear pinning (otoplasty), breast enlargement, liposuction, chin augmentation and tummy tucks.

It seems, however, that the consensus between Dr. Perkins and a few other Santa Barbara plastic surgeons interviewed in the article, is that there has not been a noticeable spike in Santa Barbara teens seeking plastic surgery. Dr. Perkins and another surgeon also take a more conservative approach when addressing teens seeking plastic surgery. As for Dr. Perkins, a patient’s “emotional maturity is a top priority” as well as a realistic sense of what surgery entails and that results are not guaranteed.

Dr. Perkins, who does not perform breast augmentation with implants (see a previous post on how Dr. Perkins can do “natural breast augmentation”) does do a handful of cosmetic surgeries on teens (and sometimes younger) including correcting protruding ears and nose re-shaping:

Otoplasty (ear surgery): Also known as ear pinning, or an ear tuck, involves re-shaping or repositioning the tissue so there is symmetry as well as a more normal relationship of the ear to the face and the side of the head. Dr. Perkins can also treat earlobes that are too big by removing the “extra” tissue through hidden incisions.

Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery): Also known as a nose job or nose re-shaping, can be done to help either appearance or breathing function. Dr. Perkins can alter the bone, the cartilage, and soft tissue under the skin to create a more ideal relationship among the parts. Dr. Perkins can also address a deviated septum, which often causes breathing difficulties.

Read the entire Santa Barbara NewsPress article on teen plastic surgery here.

Contact Dr. Perkins’ Cosmetic Surgery Center medical office for a cosmetic surgery consultation at 805.563.0000.

“Mommy Makeovers” at Santa Barbara’s Cosmetic Surgery Center

Plastic surgeons across the country have seen a rise in plastic surgery amongst women who have gone through childbirth. The media has dubbed it the “mommy makeover:” a series of surgical procedures used to restore a post-pregnancy body to its pre-birth appearance usually consisting of a breast lift or breast augmentation, a tummy tuck and/or body sculpting with liposuction.

Many moms have chosen to reclaim their body through cosmetic surgery because the unwanted bulges in the areas of the abdomen, hips and/or thighs become much harder to shed after pregnancy. Unfortunately for some, the weight gain from pregnancy can cause the skin to be overly stretched out (especially in the abdominal area), and exercising and eating healthy cannot correct this. In those cases, the only solution may be to have the skin excised and the fat removed through a tummy tuck procedure.

Santa Barbara’s Cosmetic Surgery Center offers many plastic surgery procedures that can help moms to obtain the body they had before childbirth and even add additional improvements. Dr. Terry Perkins, cosmetic surgeon and founder of the Cosmetic Surgery Center, has been specializing in cosmetic surgery since 1978 and is an expert in helping patients restore their bodies to their pre-pregnancy state while providing them with a natural non-operated look.

Here are some common cosmetic surgery procedures Santa Barbara moms like best:

Tummy Tuck: Bulges in the abdomen and flanks are extremely common after pregnancy and they can almost always be treated with liposuction. If Dr. Perkins decides to remove excess abdominal skin, the procedure then becomes known as a “tummy tuck” where an incision is made along the upper edge of the pubic hairline. The doctor may also sew together the abdominal muscles to further flatten the abdomen. Dr. Perkins also performs a “mini tummy tuck“, which is a smaller incision, and requires slightly less down time. Whether you have a mini or full tummy tuck, plan to schedule plenty of downtime for yourself to allow for proper healing.

Stretch Mark Reduction: Women use copious amounts of lotion to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy, but the truth is they are often unavoidable and extremely difficult to treat. Dr. Perkins has developed an effective treatment for reducing the appearance of stretch marks in as few as four treatments. The procedure involves a proprietary formulation of vitamin and mineral injections and Multiwave LED Therapy with a 50%-90% improvement seen in four treatments or less.

Hips and Thighs: Liposuction can be used to reduce the circumference of thighs that have developed extra weight during nine months of pregnancy. Liposuction contouring can be done in the knees, calves and ankles as well but it is not for novice surgeons. Over-treatment can result in problems that are hard to correct. Liposuction is also a useful procedure for removing pockets of weight on the hips many women refer to as “love handles.”

Breast Lift: While Dr. Perkins does not do breast augmentation with implants, he can perform a very effective natural breast lift using the patient’s own body fat that he removed from their liposuction procedure. Dr. Perkins usually obtains enough fat to allow the patient to go up one cup size and the placement of the fat in the breast area can be very strategic – allowing Dr. Perkins to fill in certain spots or correct unevenness.

A “Mommy Makeover” often restores the body-image confidence that a woman had before she had children, which can have a positive effect on not only the woman, but for the children that she is caring for.

Dr. Perkins encourages women who feel unhappy with their post-pregnancy bodies to book a consultation with him to discuss their cosmetic surgery options.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Perkins sees patients at his Cosmetic Surgery Center office in Santa Barbara. 805.563.0000.