Dermal Filler and Dysport Special at Evolutions Medical Spa

We’ve got a great special this month that can be coupled with a GiltCity.com offer that is too good to resist.  We highlighted both offers in our July newsletter, but would like to give a more thorough explanation of how the two can work together and also share it with those who may have missed our monthly newsletter.

The Evolutions July Special: Fillers & Dysport

Purchase 2 syringes of the dermal filler Restylane or Perlane and receive up to 60 units of Dysport for free! This offer is great for anyone wishing to get “full correction”.

  • Restylane or Perlane are dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid – a naturally-occurring substance in your skin – that are used to add volume and fullness to the skin that has been lost over time. Dermal fillers can correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).  For more complete information on dermal fillers, please read our past blog post on fillers.
  • Dysport is very similar to Botox and used for temporarily smoothing forehead wrinkles and fine lines in the forehead area and around the eyes (crow’s feet).  For more complete information on Dysport, visit our Dysport webpage.

Please note the following details for this offer:

  • We have extended the time frame of our July special to overlap with the GiltCity.com offer.  Our July offer is good from now until August 4, 2012. This means you must purchase both syringes by August 4th.
  • We will accept GiltCity.com vouchers when you purchase your syringes (see below for more information on the GiltCity.com offer).
  • If you are too busy to come in, you are welcome to pre-pay over the phone by August 4th. The treatment can be done anytime, there is no expiration date. 

GiltCity.com Restylane and Perlane Offer

GiltCity.com is a website that offers “insider prices” (deals) for a limited time on “experiences” such as spa treatments, outings, salon services, and much more. GiltCity.com will soon be offering their members the chance to purchase vouchers, at a discount, that are redeemable towards your purchase of Restylane or Perlane at participating medical spas and doctor’s offices.

  • For $49, you will get a voucher worth $100 towards 1 ml (1 syringe) of Restylane or Perlane
  • For $149, you will get a voucher worth $300 towards 2 ml (2 syringes) of Restylane or Perlane
  • Limit of three vouchers per member, per offer (so you can purchase 3 $100 vouchers and 3 $300 vouchers if you wish).

Please note the following details for this offer:

  • This offer will be available on GiltCity.com starting July 30th to August 13, 2012.
  • To purchase, you must be a member of GiltCity.com.  Becoming a member is free and you can do this any time – even before July 30th.  Go to GiltCity.com to become a member (and choose “Los Angeles” as your city to have access to local deals).
  • Log on to GiltCity.com starting July 30th to search for the Restylane offer.
  • Note that the voucher may not be valid until 24 hours after purchase so don’t wait until August 4th to make your purchase!

Combining the July Special Offer and GiltCity.com’s Vouchers

To take advantage of our July Special, Fillers and free Dsyport, we suggest purchasing the vouchers when they first go on sale (July 30th) so you can plan to purchase your syringes at Evolutions by August 4th using the vouchers. The vouchers will be applied towards the purchase price but may not cover the entire price of the syringes.

You will be saving money on the syringes and getting free Dysport (up to 60 units).  A fantastic savings all around!

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Evolutions Event Recap: Dermal Fillers in Santa Barbara

Yesterday’s event at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara was a treat for everyone. Our rep from Medicis (the company who makes Restylane, Perlane, and Dysport) delivered a thorough overview on dermal fillers and answered many questions from the audience.  After the presentation, guests were invited to watch Dr. Perkins perform a dermal filler treatment so that they could witness the immediate effects that fillers have!

Here is a recap of the evening’s presentation:

What is Restylane?
Restylane is a dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in your skin that provides fullness and elasticity.  As we age, hyaluronic acid diminishes and the skin loses volume.  Hyaluronic acid recruits water to the skin to encourage fullness. Restylane, and Perlane (another dermal filler), are made from cross-linked hyaluronic acid so that it is not metabolized as fast as the hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in the body and this gives clients a result that can last six months or more.

What can dermal fillers – Restylane and Perlane – do for me?
Restylane and Perlane can be used to to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.  Restylane can also be used for lip enhancement (for patients 21+ years). Restylane is a thinner product that is typically used for wrinkles, fine lines, and delicate areas. Perlane provides more structure and lift.  It is possible to use both products together. Which product you use is best determined by your clinician.  

Where can dermal fillers be used?
The areas treated by Restylane or Perlane are:

  • laugh lines
  • marionette lines
  • lipstick lines
  • corners of mouth
  • lips (Restylane only)
Restylane Filler Santa Barbara

 

How long do dermal fillers last for?
When you get a filler treatment, there is little to no downtime, and you will see results immediately.  Effects of the filler will last at least  six months. In a clinical study, 95% of patients who returned for a second treatment 4.5 to 9 months after initial treatment continued to see results for up to 18 months. For some patients, receiving a second treatment before the first treatment completely wears off is a better value because they may achieve the same results with less product. For instance, a patient who had 2 syringes done in the first treatment, may only need 1 syringe in the follow up. Of course this may vary by individual.

How safe are dermal fillers?
Restylane was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2005. It is composed of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid which means there is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or development of allergic reactions to the proteins.  No allergy testing is required before use.  It is fully biocompatible.  Restylane is used in over 70 countries worldwide.

Are there side effects to Restylane or Perlane?
Some people may experience swelling at the injection site, redness, pain, tenderness or bruising up to about seven days after treatment.  Side effects vary depending on the individual. Some people will have no side effects. Any bruising is usually easily able to be covered by make-up.

How do I prepare for my filler treatment?
It is suggested that you stop the following medications and supplements one week prior to treatment: St. John’s Wart, high doses of Vitamin E, aspirin, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen) as these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site.

Are there people that should not have a dermal filler treatment?
Treatment is not recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age, or have a bleeding disorder. If you suffer from cold sores, discuss this with the clinician before treatment.

I’d like to discuss this further before scheduling a treatment …
At Evolutions we always offer a complimentary consultation so that you may have your questions answered and feel confident in your decision.  Schedule a consultation by calling 805.687.0212 or completing our online consultation form.

Dermal Fillers Provide Facial Volume and Facial Volume Matters!

Perlane Before and AfterWe often get asked what the difference is between “fillers” and Botox. Botox is a purified protein that is used to treat overactive muscles, temporarily relaxing them to smooth out the wrinkles. Botox is used in the upper face to most commonly treat (in order) the frown lines, crow’s feet, and the forehead. It can be used  in other areas of the face and in the neck, as well. Botox also effectively treats hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating – in the hands, feet, and armpits.

Dermal fillers are used to restore volume that is lost in the face as the aging process occurs. Dermal fillers are more commonly used in the lower face – in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, the nose, lips, pre and post-jowl, and the corners of the mouth. Fillers are also used in the brows, temporal and central forehead as well as around the eyes. Dermal fillers are temporary and last between six and twelve (or more) months depending on the brand of filler used. Prevelle Silk lasts the shortest amount of time and Radiesse generally lasts the longest.

Recently we ran across an article in NewBeauty.com that speaks about why facial volume matters and what can be done to restore fullness, either temporarily or permanently, to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. The article states that we begin to lose facial fat “as early as our 20s, and it’s a downhill slide” from there. It goes on to say that “facial fat deteriorates with age, but weight loss and hormonal changes can speed up the process” as well. When this happens, we are left with sunken cheeks, a down-turned mouth, hallow eyes and a soft jaw. Dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, or Prevelle Silk can help “fix” these problem areas by plumping the skin, creating more firmness and definition in the face.

Now is the time to try dermal fillers and see how they can change your look! Perlane and Restylane are both offering rebates on dermal filler treatments from now until March 31, 2012.

Rebate Offer: Save $40 per syringe of Restylane (2 syringe minimum) or $50 per syringe of Perlane. 

Schedule a complimentary consultation online or call Evolutions at 805.687.0212 to discuss which dermal filler would be best for your needs. Read the entire NewBeauty.com article here

 

Evolutions Medical Spa’s 6th Anniversary Event Recap

Thank you to all who attended our event last week to help us celebrate our 6th anniversary! The party was scheduled to begin at 4PM but we had guests lining up well before that so they could be one of the first 50 people to receive a gift bag which was filled with goodies from Revitalash and NuCelle skin care products in addition to loads of product samples from our preferred skin care companies!

Dr. Perkins and the staff at Evolutions mingled with guests throughout the evening and were delighted to watch guests win prizes on the prize wheel, receive complimentary mini-facial treatments and complimentary Colorescience make-up applications, and enjoy appetizers, cupcakes, and drinks. Many representatives from skin care lines were on-hand for interactive skin care education and took pleasure in seeing how their products or treatments have beautified our clientele!

The party continued the rest of the week as the Evolutions’ staff pulled names of winners for the many different gift baskets and called guests to notify them of their winnings on Friday and Saturday.

This year we had over $6,400 worth of items donated from our representatives, from gift sets to syringes of dermal fillers. We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the following companies for their support of the event and the support they give us all year long:

  • AFA Amino Acid Skin Care: comprehensive rejuvenation through powerful exfoliation and moisture retention.
  • Allergan: the maker of BOTOX Cosmetic, the wrinkle-relaxer that  makes a noticeable difference.
  • Clarisonic: Dr. Perkins #1 recommendation for your at-home skin care routine – the Clarisonic Facial Brush.
  • Colorescience: high performance mineral makeup that camouflages skin concerns and protects skin from sun and environmental damage.
  • DNA Health Institute: skin care products that are rich in plant nutrients, essential oils and are environmentally friendly.
  • elure: advanced lightening technology that reduces dark-colored pigment in just 28 days (for most people).
  • Medicis: the company that brings us the dermal fillers – Restylane and Perlane – and Dysport – the anti-wrinkle treatment.
  • Nectifirm: scientifically advanced technology to firm and tighten the neck along with reducing the appearance of fatty tissue and lessening fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Neova: breakthrough skin care that targets photodamaged skin to visibly repair it.
  • Nia24: Niacin-powered skin care therapy to reverse signs of sun damage, improve texture, tone and resilience against future damage.
  • NuCelle: almond-based Mandelic Acid skin care line gently peels away the effects of weather, time and the environment to reveal smooth, clean, radiant skin.
  • Obagi: medical-grade skin care products for all ages and every type of skin.
  • Radiesse: volumizing wrinkle filler that replenishes lost volume and stimulates your own collagen to grow.
  • Revale: skin care products made from CoffeeBerry extract – one of nature’s most potent antioxidants – to protect and nourish as well as restore and revitalize the skin.
  • Revitalash: revolutionary products utilizing the power of peptides and botanicals to help grow eyelashes and eyebrows.
  • VitaMedica: physician formulated nutraceuticals (vitamins and supplements) to support recovery and wellness.
  • White Science: the leading manufacturer of teeth whitening products and patented whitening delivery systems in the U.S.
We’d also like to extend a super, heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our clients and friends that have supported us over the years! We look forward to continuing our relationship with you in our new and bigger location (hope to move in late Spring 2012). 

Check out our event pictures on Facebook and while you are there, “Like” us to stay up to the minute on treatment specials, educational events, skin care tips and more! Connect with us on Twitter too!

 

2011 Highlights from Evolutions!

As 2011 draws to a close, we celebrate this eventful year and have listed a few of our favorite highlights below:

  • Kicking off 2011 with the celebration of our 5th Anniversary Open House attended by more than 150 of our friends and clients!
  • Introducing the advanced Laser Hair Restoration treatment that stimulates new hair growth for men and women who are coping with thinning hair and/or hair loss.
  • Winning “Best Medical Spa” in the Independent’s Readers Poll “Best of …” awards (for a 3rd year in a row)!
  • Keeping clients “comfortable” with the introduction of our newest chemical “Comfort Peel” – same results, less discomfort!
  • Offering continuous education through our evening events on subjects ranging from Caring for Your Skin to What Dermal Fillers Can Do For You and other topics that highlight our spa services and products.
  • Introducing a new, highly effective way to fight toenail fungus through laser treatment!
  • Continually serving loyal clients and introducing new clients to our effective spa treatments!
We sincerely THANK YOU for your business in 2011 and we are excited to see you in 2012.
Happy New Year!

Dysport Rebate, Restylane Rebate Available Through December 31, 2011

Want to start the New Year with a “new you” looking relaxed and rested? If you do, now is the time to make an appointment to relax your wrinkles with Dysport and/or to replace volume lost in your face with the dermal fillers Perlane or Restylane because all three of these treatments have rebates that are too good to pass up – but are only available through December 31st, 2011!

  • Receive a $50 rebate for all Dysport treatments of at least 35 units
  • Receive a $50 rebate for each syringe of Restylane used (minimum 2 syringes)
  • Receive a $65 rebate for each syringe of Perlane used
Call Evolutions Medical Spa today at 805.687.0212 to make an injectable appointment and invest in yourself this holiday season!

Medical Spa Event Recap: Radiesse Dermal Filler at Evolutions

Last night’s educational event at Evolutions Medical Spa highlighted the dermal filler Radiesse.  Greg, our representative from Radiesse, did a thorough presentation that explained what Radiesse is, how it is used, and who can use it. He also showed many impressive before-and-after pictures of Radiesse that illustrated what a difference Radiesse can make in someone’s face.

Read on for the complete recap of the Radiesse presentation:

What is Radiesse Wrinkle Filler?

Radiesse is an injectable filler that contains tiny calcium-based microspheres which are made of components similar to those found naturally in your body. Radiesse instantly restores fullness to smooth out signs of aging and has the beneficial side-effect of stimulating our own natural collagen! Results are instantaneous and may last one year or more and is a more affordable wrinkle correction for a broad range of patients.

Radiesse is the only calcium-based filler. Other dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are made with hyaluronic acid and are not known to stimulate collagen.

What is Radiesse used for?

Radiesse has been approved by the FDA to be used to treat:

Why would I need Radiesse?

As we age, our nasolabial lines and marionette lines deepen, and our cheek and eye areas lose volume. Natural collagen begins to breakdown creating loss of elasticity and wrinkles. The lower face begins to take on more of a broad square shape as opposed to the upside down triangular shape of a youthful face. Radiesse wrinkle filler provides volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging for visible, long-lasting results.


What is the difference between Radiesse and anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox or Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are muscle relaxers that are typically used in the forehead area. Dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, are typically used in the lower part of the face (from the eyes to chin) to replace volume. We would not want to use Botox or Dysport in the lower part of the face because you wouldn’t want to stop the muscles from working in that area. Instead, a dermal filler would be used to replace the volume lost.


What is a Radiesse treatment like?

Now Radiesse can be mixed with an anesthetic (lidocaine) prior to injection to increase the comfort level. Clinical studies have shown that people felt a 60% reduction in pain level during injection. There is no downtime after a treatment. A person may want to use a cold pack to reduce swelling and the chance of bruising and any exercise after the treatment is not recommended (on the day of the treatment).  The day after treatment you can resume any exercise activity.


Who can use Radiesse?

Radiesse is ideal for a broad range of patients for instant correction of moderate to severe wrinkles. Those who should not use Radiesse wrinkle fillers are people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an active infection in the area to be treated.

If you would like to know how Radiesse, or other dermal fillers, can benefit you, please call Evolutions for a complimentary consultation at 805.687.0212.



Santa Barbara Dermal Filler Event at Evolutions

Don’t miss out on this!! Evolutions Medical Spa and Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins will be hosting a “Look Radiant with Radiesse” event about dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can help a person “turn back the clock” and enhance their features (cheekbones!) by filling in wrinkles, and other depressions in the skin.

Dermal fillers contain naturally-occurring substances in your body. The results are instantaneous and can last for one year or more.

* BONUS! Watch Dr. Perkins do a live demonstration of Radiesse and see the results! *

The event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials including the pre-purchase of any dermal filler syringes at a great price.

Dermal Filler event details:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Evolutions Medical Spa at 1309 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212 to reserve your spot!

Evolutions Voted Best Medical Spa from Independent Poll

Evolutions Medical Spa won “Best Medical Spa” in the Independent’s Readers Poll awards published last week! This is our third consecutive win in this category. We are grateful to our clients and the Santa Barbara community for voting for us. Thank you!

When Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins began thinking of the concept of a medical spa, he envisioned providing non-invasive or minimally invasive medical aesthetic services using the most innovative and up-to-date technology in a luxurious spa environment. Almost six years later, Evolutions is the largest medical spa in the Santa Barbara area, with a highly-trained staff of aesthetic nurses and medical aestheticians, all personally trained by Dr. Perkins.

What differentiates a medical spa from a day spa is that the services are “medical” and aimed at improving something on the client whereas a day spa focuses on relaxation and pampering. What differentiates Evolutions from most other medical spas is that Dr. Perkins, the spa’s Medical Director, plays an active role in the spa, seeing and treating clients at Evolutions several days each week. All medical spas are backed by a physician, but many do not actively participate in the medspa’s day to day activities. Dr. Perkins supervision keeps the quality of services rendered consistent and above standard.

Some of the most popular services offered at Evolutions are injectable anti-wrinkle treatments of Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers (i.e. Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane). FotoFacials and Laser Facials are also widely sought after skin treatments that improve uneven pigmentation (from sun damage, age spots, etc.,), tighten pores, and address fine lines and wrinkles. Laser Hair Removal is another favorite service because we have multiple hair removal technologies to best serve the individual needs of every hair color and skin type. Medical grade chemical peels offer extraordinary exfoliation for a dramatic result in a short amount of time. Other spa services address a wide variety of skin types and concerns including acne, sun damage, stretch marks, and hair restoration.

Evolutions always offers complimentary consultations and monthly educational events. Keep up with us on Facebook (and be privy to special offers, great giveaways, skin care tips, and event information), Twitter, or sign up for our newsletter. Contact us at 805.687.0212.

Santa Barbara Dermal Fillers Restylane and Perlane Review and Recap

Last night at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara we hosted an event on Dermal Fillers to an at-capacity crowd. On hand was a representative from Medicis, the pharmaceutical company that produces the popular dermal fillers Restylane and Perlane, and also the anti-wrinkle neuro-modulator Dysport.

We have come to realize that many people do not know the difference between dermal fillers and neuro-modulators such as Botox and Dysport. Botox and Dysport get so much press that people often assume that Botox is the end-all solution to turning back the clock and “erasing” wrinkles! This is not necessarily the case for many people.

Before we get into an in-depth look at dermal fillers, we will give you a brief description of Botox / Dsyport and how they work in your face. Botox and Dysport are neuro-modulators that treat dynamic wrinkles in the upper portion of the face. Popular uses for both of these are for the lines across the forehead, the lines between the brows (often referred to as a “scowl”) and the lines on the outside of the eyes (“crows feet”). These neuro-modulators treat the cause of the wrinkle, which is the muscle beneath them that is creating the crease (or wrinkle). Botox or Dysport relaxes the muscle under the wrinkle and the skin smoothes out.

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, provide volume to the face – most commonly used on the lower portion of the face – in places where volume has been lost. As a person ages, volume may be lost under the eyes (causing the under eye dark circles to look darker and the eyes to look sunken) and in the cheekbone area. Deep creases often develop from the side of the nose to the lips (nasiolabial folds) and even on either side of the lips. With the enhancement of dermal fillers, a person may regain the face that they had five or ten years ago, giving them a more alert, rested look.

Several brands of dermal fillers are available at Evolutions. The ones that were highlighted yesterday were Restylane and Perlane. These are made from hyaluronic acid, a complex sugar molecule, that is naturally produced in the body to help provide fullness and elasticity. Restylane is a smaller molecule and better for fine lines, lasting about 6 to 8 months. Perlane is made up of bigger Restylane molecules and typically used for deeper folds. Since the Perlane molecules are bigger, it takes the body longer to break them down and Perlane may last anywhere from 6 to 9 months.

A dermal filler treatment gives a person instantaneous results! Depending the depth of the creases that are being filled (and the number of areas being treated), a treatment may use up to three syringes (3 mL) of filler to achieve “full correction”. “Full correction” means using just the right amount of filler in the treatment areas of the face to get the results you want. How many syringes you will need is determined by Dr. Perkins (or the nurse) who is administering the treatment. Although you may feel that you do not want to purchase two or three syringes for “full correction”, doing this proves to be much more cost effective over time. A study by Medicis showed that if a person had “full correction” and came in for a follow-up treatment before all the dermal filler had broken down (typically between 4.5 and 9 months), they ended up getting half as much the second time because when layering hyaluronic acid it binds to itself.

A very revealing before-and-after interactive picture on the Medicis website showcases the dramatic effect that fillers can have on your face – view it here (use your mouse to “scroll” over the picture and see her face before fillers and after treatment).

Other dermal fillers that Evolutions carries include Radiesse (a much deeper structural filler), Juvederm and Prevelle Silk. Dr. Perkins has also developed a unique protocol of layering fillers, called the Layered Liquid Lift, that treats the entire face and can turn back the clock ten years. The Layered Liquid Lift typcially is done in a 90-minute session and the results last 12 to 18 months. A great alternative to a facelift!

If you are interested in learning more about fillers and what they could do for your look, schedule a complimentary consultation at Evolutions Medical Spa by calling 805.687.0212.