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FAQs About Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Barbara

During cosmetic surgery consultations at our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center, our patients ask many questions – and not just about the procedure! To help you make a more informed choice about cosmetic surgery, here are some of our most popular questions that are asked, and our answers.

Q: I am not sure if I am ready for surgery, but I am interested. Should I come in now for a consultation?
A: We recommend coming in for a consultation when you have specific concerns. We will evaluate your concerns and together come up with a plan.

Q: How long do I have to wait from consultation to the day of surgery?
A: Generally your surgery can be scheduled within 2 to 4 weeks after your consultation.

Q: Where are the surgeries performed?
A: We perform all of our surgeries in our outpatient facility that is located near Cottage Hospital.

Q: Do you take medical insurance? Will you bill my insurance company?
A: No. We do not take medical insurance and we will not bill your insurance company.

Q: How much will my cosmetic surgery cost?
A: Cost depends on the procedure(s) performed. A written quotation will be given to you at the time of your consultation.

Q: Do you have payment plans?
A: Yes, you can set up a payment plan through Care Credit. Read more about Care Credit here.

Q: Is my medical information confidential?
A: Your medical information is always kept private. It can be discussed with your family member only if you say OK.

Q: Do I have to go under general anesthesia?
A: No. All of our facial surgeries and body liposuction can be performed safely and comfortably using local anesthesia and conscious sedation.

Q: How much pain can I expect after surgery?
A: Most facial procedures (including full face lifts) and body contouring surgeries have remarkably little pain – and can be easily controlled with oral medication.

Q: I have some medical issues – can I still have surgery?
A: It will depend on what your medical issues are. As cosmetic surgeries are usually elective, there is never a reason to put any patient at risk. If necessary, “medical clearance” will be requested from your family MD.

Q: I’m from out of town. Where do you recommend that I stay?
A: We have a webpage for visitors to Santa Barbara including hotel recommendations, dining options, and attractions that you may be interested in during your visit.

Q: I live locally, can I drive myself home?
A: No. Please make arrangements for a friend or relative to take you home after the surgery.

Dr. Perkins has been practicing cosmetic surgery in the Tri-county area and beyond since 1978. He is double board certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the AAOHNS (facial plastic surgery). He specializes in facial plastic and liposuction surgery.

Call (805) 563-0000 to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today.

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery in Your 40s

Cosmetic surgery is becoming more prevalent among 40-somethings than ever before. The upward trend amongst this age group may stem from our culture’s obsession of staying “forever young” coupled with the pressure to look good in social media pictures. But most importantly, the 40-somethings that we see at our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center simply say that they don’t “feel in their 40s” even though their face may say otherwise. 

Aging is always happening, but the decade of the 40s is usually the time when visible signs start to appear. Collagen and elastin production in the skin slows down while sun and environmental damage start to show up, and the result is fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, skin laxity and sagging. 

While there are many “non-invasive” options such as Botox / Dysport, dermal fillers, and lasers, more 40-somethings are turning toward more permanent options such as cosmetic surgery because they aren’t interested in multiple med spa visits to keep up with Botox or fillers and/or they are no longer getting the optimum results from those treatments.

The good news is that for most people in their 40th decade, there are more options than if they waited two more decades to rewind the clock. The essential foundation of the face is still present in the 40s and often minimally invasive (MI) cosmetic surgery procedures can be used to achieve the desired result. (We must add that MI procedures can be a good option for those who want to “maintain” the benefits of a previous plastic surgery.)

MI cosmetic procedures give noticeable improvement, cost less, and have less recovery “downtime”. In addition, they have smaller or no visible incisions. MI treatments can address all areas of the face – the forehead, eyebrows and temporal region, lower eyelids, cheeks and mid-face, and the area under the chin (submentum) – and the hands.

Read descriptions about our minimally invasive cosmetic procedures here.

If you want to discuss which cosmetic surgery options are right for you, call us today (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation. 

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.