Santa Barbara Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery): Cosmetic Surgery Highlight from Dr. Terry Perkins

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins highlights rhinoplasty surgery (nasal surgery) this month:
Nose surgery (rhinoplasty) can be done to help either appearance or breathing function. This is usually done with incisions hidden inside the nose. The external shape can be changed or corrected by altering the bone, cartilage, and soft tissue underneath the skin allowing for a more ideal relationship among the parts. The end result should not have an “operated” look and, in fact, the best work is usually not detected. Airway function is always important. If you have a deviated septum (the structure that divides the nose into two passages) that is causing breathing difficulties, this should be treated at the same time.
Nasal surgery can make a big difference in a person’s life and patients who are good candidates for this procedure are typically extremely happy with results. See Rhinoplasty Before-and-After pictures of Dr. Perkins’ patients.
Rhinoplasty in Santa Barbara is available at Cosmetic Surgery Center by Dr. Perkins. Call 805-563-0000 for a plastic surgery consultation.

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.

Liposuction, Nose Jobs Amongst Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Even in Recession

According to an article today in the Los Angeles Times blog (Health section), the plastic surgery industry is hardly feeling the recession. The LA Times reported that “According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, procedures declined only 2% last year, despite the recession.” Breast augmentation remains the most popular, with liposuction coming in second. And 2009 saw a surge in rhinoplasty – nose jobs increased 74%.

Perhaps there has not been a decline in cosmetic surgery because of the abundance of doctors who offer cosmetic and plastic surgical procedures, especially in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles. With many doctors offering the same procedures, prices get reduced to undercut the competitors. This makes the procedures more affordable for the patient but, in some situations, it can be more dangerous for the patient.

Before you commit to a plastic surgery procedure, research your physician – it is important that they be well-trained in the operation(s) they perform and that they also keep up with new developments. Ideally you want your surgeon to have an eye for aesthetic contours and to be able to safely achieve improvements so ask to view his/her work, such as a before-and-after picture gallery of previous patients and, if you are still feeling uncertain, request to speak with past patients. Doctors who are reputable plastic or cosmetic surgeons will gladly share their education and expertise with you, sometimes even unsolicited.


Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins shares on his Cosmetic Surgery Center’s FAQs page that he is double board certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) and the AAOHNS (facial plastic surgery), specializing in facial plastic surgery (face lifts) that are a “normal-appearing” facial rejuvenation instead of an “operated” look. Dr. Perkins also performs liposuction in Santa Barbara.

If you are one of the population who is interested in cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara, book a consultation with Dr. Perkins today. Call Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara at 805.563.0000.