Evolutions’ Anniversary Event 2017

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Happy Birthday to Us!
Evolutions is now 11 years old!

Thank you for your support over the last 11 years and for helping us become the largest medical & day spa in Santa Barbara!

Come celebrate with us at our Anniversary Open House!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

  • Discounts on Services & Products (Up to 25% off select series, 15% off all products)
  • Numerous Raffles and Games (Over $5000 worth of prizes will be raffled plus thousands more in spa services will be won!)
  • Free Mineral Make-up Color Matching
  • Complimentary Mini-Treatments and Mini-Massages
  • Interactive education on your skin
  • Great Gift Bags*

Don’t Miss This Great Event!

* Due to issues associated with the line of clients outside the spa prior to the start of the event, please note that the spa gift bags that have been given in the past to the first 50 clients will this year be gifted through the prize wheel.

 

Event: Skin Tightening in Santa Barbara

If you are interested in any kind of non-surgical skin tightening, don’t miss this great event!

Advanced Skin Tightening

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

At this event, we will be discussing Ultherapy technology as well as other skin tightening devices such as ReFirmeTitan, and the combination Total Tightening treatment (an Evolutions exclusive).

Also, find out how you can combine all of these technologies for maximum effect with an Ultherapy Plus package.

Skin Tightening Ultherapy in Santa Barbara at Evolutions

Ultherapy is an FDA-cleared device that uses ultrasound energy to non-surgically lift and tighten skin on the face, neck, and chest.

Attendees will enjoy refreshments, a raffle, and the following exclusive specials:

  • 25% discount off Ultherapy treatments and Ultherapy Plus packages.  
  • 20% discount off Total Tightening treatments and packages.

Please call us to RSVP (805) 695-2160. 

 

Skin Resurfacing Event at Evolutions in Santa Barbara

Interested in Smoother, Clearer, Younger-Looking Skin in a Week?

Join us at our Skin Resurfacing 101 Event

Wednesday, July 27th
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa Brighten Up Skin Event

At our event, you will learn about: 

Skin Resurfacing treatments
(Fractional CO2, PRP, and Sublative Rejuvenation)
will be discounted 20%!

Attendees will enjoy refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials at our event.

– Attendance is Limited – Call Today to RSVP – 805-695-2160 –

Dermal Fillers in Santa Barbara

As we age, the natural volume and fullness in our face diminishes. While we can exercise to help maintain our body’s physique, there is not an at-home (or at-the-gym) remedy for facial aging. Over-the-counter creams and serums may give a “temporary” lift but they cannot provide the structure that is needed for longer-lasting results.

Fortunately, dermal fillers can replace the volume and fullness that has been lost. In addition to volume replacement, fillers can be used to correct skin imperfections like wrinkles, acne scars, fine lines, and can also be used to enhance the fullness of the lips. Many of the fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA) that is a naturally-occurring substance found in the skin. HA helps deliver nutrients, retain moisture and softness, and adds volume to the skin. Dermal filler results are instantaneous and can last 6 months to a year or more!

Here is information about some of our more popular dermal fillers at Evolutions:

Restylane and Restylane LyftThese FDA-approved fillers can be used for correction of mid-face contour deficiencies and for treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles. They are comprised mostly of hyaluronic acid. They can last from 6 months to a year or more. In a clinical trial, patient satisfaction rate was 95.2% two months post treatment and 73% 12 months post treatment.

Juvederm
This HA filler is also FDA-approved and used to treat deficiencies in the cheeks in addition to lines and wrinkles. With optimal treatment, Juvederm has been proven to last one year in wrinkles and folds. When treated again after 1 year, patients needed less product to achieve their results.

Radiesse
This filler differs from Juvederm and Perlane because it is primarily comprised of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. When injected, Radiesse provides immediate volume and correction. It continues to work by stimulating the body to produce its own natural collagen. Over time, as the gel is absorbed and the body metabolizes the CaHA, your own natural collagen will be left behind. Radiesse is also FDA-approved.

Scultpra
If you are looking to replace lost collagen, Scupltra is a great option. The main ingredient of Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades. Unlike Radiesse, Perlane, and Juvederm, results are not instantaneous. You will see results gradually over 3 to 6 months and they typically last 2 years. An excellent option for those that don’t need immediate correction and are looking for longer lasting results.

Interested in Dermal Fillers and Want to Learn More?
Join us on Wednesday, June 8th, at 6:30 pm for our Fillers 101 event to learn the basics of fillers and see if they are right for you. Dr. Perkins will be doing a live filler demonstration! There will be a raffle, refreshments, and exclusive specials for attendees. Fillers 101 is one of our most popular events of the year! Call us today to reserve your spot: (805) 695-2160.

Evolutions Event – Brighten Up Your Skin!

Join us at our March event on Wednesday, March 30th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Brighten Up
Spring is Here!

Are you concerned with sun damage, age spots, or any type of pigmentation?

Start on the path to clear, bright skin by learning about:

  • Innovative medical treatments and packages to reduce unwanted pigmentation
  • Therapeutic home care that can brighten your skin little by little every day!

Services/Series/Packages Discounted 20% include:

  • FotoFacial Series
  • FotoPeel SeriesEvolutions Medical & Day Spa Brighten Up Skin Event
  • FotoFacial Genesis Package
  • Chemical Peels (individual or series)

Products Discounted 20% include:

  • Obagi
  • Other Skin Lightening Products

Event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials.

– Seating is Limited – 

Call Today to RSVP – 805-695-2160

 

Injectable Week at Evolutions Santa Barbara Includes Dermal Fillers, Botox and Dysport

As most of our loyal clients know, Evolutions Medical & Day Spa in Santa Barbara has the Biggest Week of the Year right around the corner! Injectable Week happens once a year with big savings on your favorite dermal filler or wrinkle-reducer (Botox or Dysport). This year it begins on Monday, December 2nd, and lasts until Saturday, December 7th, 2013. We are booking appointments now for Injectable Week!

For those of you who are not as familiar with dermal fillers, Sculptra, and/or the wrinkle-reducers Botox and Dysport, we will happily share with you some information about each of them. Perhaps it will help you to make a decision about getting an injectable treatment or encourage you to add a new treatment to your anti-aging arsenal.

Botox and Dysport
Botox and Dysport treatments are one of our most popular services at Evolutions, year round. This is not surprising! In 2012, there were over 6 million Botox or Dysport treatments in the US. Botox and Dysport are forms of botulinum toxin type A. They are both injected under the skin to treat overactive muscles in the forehead area. Botox and Dysport block the signals to the muscle that tell them to contract, resulting in a smooth, frown-less forehead. Botox or Dysport can take from 1 to 7 days to “set in” and start working. Both are FDA approved and are deemed safe and effective in the treatment of facial wrinkles. Dysport is a smaller molecule than Botox, so the units are different (i.e. 20 units of Botox equal 60 units of Dysport). Results are temporary and last about 3 to 4 months.

Evolutions Santa Barbara Dermal Fillers Treatment Areas

Possible Treatment Areas for Dermal Fillers

Restylane and Perlane: Dermal Fillers
Restylane and Perlane are in the same family of products. They are both dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid that are formulated to act like your body’s own naturally produced hyaluronic acid. These are injected under the skin to fill in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Restylane can also be used to add fullness to the lips. Replacing volume lost in the face can help restore a more youthful appearance. Perlane differs from Restylane in the average size of the particles and the depth of the injection. Your Evolutions clinician will help you determine which product is best for you. Results are instantaneous and can last 6 months or more (in most cases).

Radiesse Dermal Filler
Radiesse is also a dermal filler. It differs from Restylane or Perlane in that it is comprised of calcium microspheres in gel. Radiesse is also injected under the skin to provide volume and structure in areas where volume has diminished. The bonus that Radiesse offers is that it works to stimulate your body to produce it’s own natural collagen. As the calcium gel is absorbed, your own natural collagen will remain behind, giving you volume and structure. Results are instantaneous and have been clinically proven to last one year or more.

Sculptra Aesthetic
Our newest treatment, Sculptra Aesthetic, is a bit different than hyaluronic dermal fillers or Radiesse. This new facial injectable does not give instantaneous results, instead subtle results are achieved over time. Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for years in dissolvable stitches. Sculptra works deep within the dermis to gradually restore the collagen foundation that is lost as we age. With a more solid foundation, fullness is steadily returned to facial wrinkles. Results can last two years or more. Most clients require a full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic, which is an average of three injection sessions over a few months, for the best outcome. Full results are gradually seen over 3 to 6 months.

A Note About Dermal Fillers and Botox/Dysport Treatments
If you’ve never had a dermal filler or Dysport/Botox treatment, you will have to come in for a consultation with our Physician’s Assistant, Nurse Practitioner or Dr. Perkins prior to your first treatment. Call us today to book your complimentary consultation (or submit a consultation request online) and/or to make an appointment for Injectable Week (805-687-0212).

Santa Barbara Day Spa Escape at Evolutions: Event Recap

On Wednesday evening at Evolutions Medical and Day Spa, we held an event to introduce our Day Spa services. Attendees were treated to complimentary mini-treatments of massage, facials, Vibraderm, Microdermabrasion, DermaSweep, and Glo Mineral make-up application. Our lead estheticians also spoke about our day spa services offered. Our recap follows:

MASSAGE THERAPY at Evolutions

At Evolutions we have highly-trained massage therapists. Although massage is usually thought of as a pampering service, there are many therapeutic benefits of massage such as reducing stress, muscle tension, and pain. A massage can also help you feel and look better and sleep better. Massage may also be helpful in reducing headaches (or migraines), insomnia, digestive disorders, and anxiety. Studies have shown that receiving a massage on a consistent basis can boost the benefits you receive.

Evolutions offers a variety of massage services in 60, 75, or 90 minute sessions. View our Massage Menu on our website for additional information and pricing. 

FACIALS at Evolutions

Our facial menu is the true fusion of luxurious and clinical. All our facials are designed to lull you into a deep relaxation while giving you results that you would expect from a physician’s office. We address many skin concerns, including:

  • Santa Barbara Facials at EvolutionsRejuvenation of your skin (Rejuvenating Facial, 60 minutes)
  • Sun damage and dry or stressed skin (Corrective Facial, 60 minutes)
  • Acne and blemish-prone skin (Express Acne Facial, 45 minutes, or Acne Facial, 80 minutes)
  • Aging skin (Frozen In Time DNA Facial, 90 minutes, or Age-Defying Oxygen Facial, 90 minutes)
  • Sensitive skin (Organic Facial, 60 minutes)

View our Santa Barbara Facials Menu for detailed information and pricing.

BODY TREATMENTS (Wraps and Scrubs) and VICHY SHOWER

Santa Barbara Body Scrubs at EvolutionsTreat your body to a full exfoliation and hydration. Our Body Wraps are designed to nourish the skin from head to toe. Add a Vichy Shower Treatment to either of our Body Wraps (Aloe Coconut or Naturally Nourishing) for a fully relaxing experience. The Vichy Shower Treatment – named for an area in France that is known for their therapeutic waters – is a horizontal shower with seven jets that stream warm water over your body while lying on a treatment bed. It is truly a unique experience and only available in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Day Spa. All of our Body Scrubs (Chocolate Dream, Salt Stone Glow, and Abyhanga Dosha) include a Vichy Shower.

View our Body Treatments Menu for more details and pricing.

EXFOLIATION TREATMENTS at Evolutions

We are now offering a wider variety of mechanical exfoliation treatments to encourage cell turnover for fresher, more youthful skin. These are stand-alone treatments or can be added to any facial.

  • DermaSweep MD is our most advanced physical exfoliation that is done with a patented treatment tip that allows the clinician to “sweep away” dead skin quickly and painlessly. The treatment is customized with an infusion to treat skin-specific concerns such as acne, dehydration, or hyperpigmentation.
  • DiamondTome Crystal Free Microdermabrasion removes the outer dead layer of skin to promote growth of healthy new skin.
  • Vibradermabrasion uses abrasive paddles that vibrate at a rapid rate to stimulate collagen production and allow products a deeper level of penetration. The treatment is quick and pain-free.

WAXING TREATMENTS at Evolutions

Waxing is also available at Evolutions Day Spa. For areas and pricing, view our Waxing Menu.

To book an appointment for any day spa service, call Evolutions at 805-687-0212.

Introducing Evolutions Day Spa Santa Barbara

Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of Evolutions Day Spa – and our new location!

– Wednesday, March 20th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm! –

evolutions day spa santa barbaraThe combined Evolutions Medical and Day Spa has 15 treatment rooms in our new 6,000 square foot facility. The Day Spa will offer a full range of luxurious treatments including massage, waxing, facials, body treatments (wraps and Vichy shower treatments) and more! The Day Spa amenities include locker rooms for men and women (both with a dry sauna) and a relaxing tea lounge.

Along with previewing the new Day Spa at our Grand Opening event, guests will enjoy:

  • DISCOUNTS on all Products and Pre-Purchased Services (including packages and medical spa services such as Laser Hair Removal, Tattoo Removal, FotoFacials, Dermal Fillers and more)
  • GIFT with Purchase Offers from Glo Mineral Make-up, Clarisonic, Luzern Organic Skin Care, and Obagi
  • RAFFLES throughout the afternoon and evening (over $5000 worth of prizes to be raffled!)
  • Complimentary Mini-Treatments and Chair Massages
  • Interactive Education on Your Skin
  • Live Dysport / Botox Demonstrations

The first 50 guests will receive fantastic Gift Bags!

Don’t miss this GRAND event! 

Evolutions Medical and Day Spa Santa Barbara is now located at 350 Chapala Street, #103, on the corner of Chapala and Gutierrez Streets. Plenty of parking is available in front of the spa and in the city lot on State Street and Gutierrez Streets.

Tightening and Lightening in Santa Barbara: Evolutions Event Recap

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins (and also founder and Medical Director of Evolutions) gave a very informative presentation this evening at our Educational Event.  A recap of the presentation follows:

“Tightening and Lightening” Plus Sublative Rejuvenation

PART 1: TIGHTENING YOUR SKIN

What is skin laxity and how can we treat it?
The skin becomes lax, and has more of a “hanging” appearance, due to damage to and loss of collagen and elastin. Skin laxity can be attributed to the natural part of aging but it is also relate to sun damage.

How can we treat skin laxity?
There are surgical options such as traditional surgery (facelift) and deep peels that help restore collagen and tighten the appearance of the skin. There are different ways to treat skin laxity non-surgically and that includes light based, radio frequency, and focused ultrasound treatments.

Treating skin laxity non-surgically involves sustained heating of the dermis. The immediate effect is collagen contraction and the long term effect results in the stimulation of new collagen to be produced. When we heat the dermis in these tightening treatments, the epidermis (outermost layers of the skin) are protected.

Who are the best clients for a skin tightening treatment at Evolutions?
Age is not a barrier. Clients can range in age from 30 to 80+ years. Best results are usually seen with clients that have a minimum amount of excess fat in the area of concern and when their skin is neither very thin or very thick. Non-surgical tightening is great for someone who wants to address their skin laxity but is not ready for surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations. Skin tightening treatments at Evolutions can turn back the clock a few years, but not decades.

Titan Skin Tightening Treatment

Titan Skin Tightening Treatment

Titan Skin Tightening Treatment

 Titan uses an infrared light to heat the dermis, well beneath the surface of the skin. The heating contracts existing collagen and stimulates new collagen to be produced.

On the right is a before and after photo (courtesy of John Hunts, M.D.) of a Titan treatment on the eyelids. The “after” photo was taken two weeks after the 5th treatment.

Titan treatments can be done on many areas of the body including the jawline, under the chin, and the abdomen to tighten the skin and reverse the signs of aging. Results are cumulative and most clients have two to four treatments over a few months although a single treatment may produce good results for some.

 

ReFirme Treatment

ReFirme Treatment

ReFirme™ Skin Tightening Treatment

ReFirme™ features the revolutionary elōs technology which simultaneously combines the power of bi-polar radio frequency (RF) and light energies to precisely heat the dermal tissue in the targeted treatment area.

ReFirme™ treatments can help be done safely and effectively on the face, neck, abdomen, upper arms, and knees. In addition to improving skin laxity, it also addresses wrinkles and textural irregularities.

Total Tightening Treatment at Evolutions

This treatment combines ReFirme™ and Titan into one treatment to maximize the benefits of both treatments. Total Tightening synergistically works to heat the entire upper half of the dermis. With each treatment, the existing collagen is tightened as well as stimulating new collagen production that results in tighter, “fresher” skin.

The results are cumulative and therefore we recommend a package that includes 4 treatments done four to six weeks apart. Total Tightening is truly “the best of both worlds” in non-surgical skin tightening technology and is exclusive to Evolutions Medical Spa.

PART 2: LIGHTENING  – IMPROVING EXCESS PIGMENTATION

What is pigmentation?
Pigmentation refers to the coloring of person’s skin, often it is the word pigmentation is used when it is distinctive or in excess (as in spots on the skin). Pigmentation is created by melanin in the skin. Different skin types have different levels of melanocytes and that is how different skin colors occur.

Why does the body produce melanin?
Melanin is produced at a normal level based on skin type. However, when the skin is exposed to trauma, inflammation, or exposure to the sun (a suntan is equal to a skin injury), the amount of melanin rises in response to these events. Melanin can also be accentuated by hormones, birth control pills, and pregnancy.

When Pigmentation Problems Arise
Over-stimulated melanocytes create appearance problems such as sun damage, age spots, “liver” spots, freckles, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and melasma (dermal and epidermal pigmentation).

Treatment for Pigmentation 
There are quite a few options for excess pigmentation:

Sunscreen: prevention is your best defense against pigmentation. Use it daily, year round!

Home Care: bleaching agents can help to lighten the skin while exfoliating agents can help to brighten the skin. Recommended bleaching agents are Obagi Clear, C-RX Night (with hydroquinone), Revale Illuminesse Brightening Complex, Nia24 products, and retinoids.  Exfoliating agents increase cell turnover to freshen the skin. Examples of effective exfoliating agents are alpha-hydroxy acids, amino fruit acids (AFA Exfoliating Gel), and retinoids.

Chemical Peels: exfoliate and increase cell turnover in a short amount of time with chemical peels. Recommended chemical peels offered at Evolutions include the Clay Mask Peel, Alpha Beta Peel, Jessner’s Peel, and Obagi Blue Peel. Read in depth about what chemical peels do, how they feel, and descriptions of all the chemical peels offered at Evolutions in this blog post.

Vibradermabrasion: treat superficial pigmentation problems with no downtime through Vibraderm, a physical exfoliation. Adding on a Vibraderm treatment to facials and peels as a pre-treatment will improve the penetration of the products and/or the peel. Vibraderm does not have a suction component to the treatment so there is no risk of broken capillaries as there is with a microdermabrasion treatment.

Light-based Treatments: use intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency technology to reduce excess pigmentation. They are safe and non-invasive.

  • FotoFacial RF™: this is the “gold standard” for the treatment of pigmentation and works deeper than most chemical peels. It is available in a series or in combination with other treatments such as a FotoPeel, FotoPeel Plus, and FotoFacial Genesis packages.
  • Q-Plus C (Q-Switched Laser): this laser can treat spots individually or can treat an entire area with our new Q-Peel package. The Q-Switched Laser works in pulses of billionths of a second to “explode” pigment. It can treat pigmentation issues (spots) as well as tattoos of all colors.

Sublative Rejuvenation Plus DNA Repair (New!): a fractional resurfacing device that uses radiofreqency energy instead of light to treat wrinkles, pigment, acne scarring, skin laxity, tone and texture. A Sublative Rejuvenation treatment has less downtime and discomfort than older fractional laser devices (i.e., the Fraxel). A DNA stem cell ampoule is now included with the treatment. The stem cell ampoule introduces genetically flawless live stem cells which influences the older cells to replicate stronger, healthier, more youthful-looking skin cells. This is an FDA-approved treatment that is clinically proven to renew compromised skin. Sublative Rejuvenation can be combined with other light-based treatments such as the FotoFacial RF or Total Tightening.

Chemabrasion: this surgical procedure combines a deep peel with dermabrasion. It treats wrinkles, sun damage, and pigmentation issues. The change can be dramatic. Downtime is approximately one week. This is done by Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center located near Cottage Hospital. Please call his office at 805-563-0000 for a consultation.

In conclusion, Dr. Perkins stressed the importance of daily use of sunscreen. The best way to treat sun damage is to prevent it! When pigment issues do arise, Evolutions offers a number of medical spa treatment options, for all areas of the body, with “at home” options also available.

Evolutions always offers a complimentary consultation for your skin concerns. Please call us at 805-687-0212 to make an appointment or fill out our online consultation form

Chemical Peels in Santa Barbara: Evolutions Event Recap

Yesterday evening Evolutions Medical Spa hosted an educational event about chemical peels and how beneficial they are for all skin conditions and skin types. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, the founder and Medical Director of Evolutions, explained and demystified chemical peels. Following is a recap of his presentation:

How Skin Turnover Works

An understanding of skin will lead to a better understanding of how chemical peels work to freshen the skin. Skin cells are created in the basal layer and move upwards. Cells die as they get closer to skin surface and naturally slough off.  Most people in their youth have skin turnover every 28 days or so. That is why young children and young adults usually have glowing, voluminous skin. As we age cell turnover can slow to 40-45 days coupled with the fact that collagen and elastin naturally decrease and we are left with skin that is “relaxed” and saggy.  Chemical peels help expedite the skin turnover process so that new cells can move to the surface for a result of more normal-looking skin.

What Do Chemical Peels Do?

A chemical peel creates a controlled depth injury to outer layers of skin. The injured tissue then exfoliates or peels and new cells replace the exfoliated cells at a faster rate. Collagen and elastin production is increased. There are several different types of peels, from light to deep:

  • Lighter peels affect the epidermis: typically this is the type of peel you will get at a day spa or this is the layer that is affected by micodermabrasion
  • Medium peels affect the papillary dermis: these more aggressive peels are usually done in a doctor’s office or at a medical spa; you may see improvement in lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation
  • Deep peels affect midway in the dermis: chemabrasion is an example of a deep peel and is done at Cosmetic Surgery Center in the operating room.

Deeper peels have more downtime, but more downtime yields better results.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

  • Peels can lighten, tighten, brighten (more luminosity to the skin)
  • They smooth skin and improve texture and color uniformity
  • Peels can bring out healthier skin; often any precancerous/abnormal skin may peel off
  • Consistent peels can keep your skin younger-looking skin throughout your lifetime
Commonly Asked Questions about Chemical Peels

Do peels hurt?
The stronger and deeper it is, the more likely you will have some discomfort. Deeper peels feel hot because of the acid on the skin. At Evolutions, we have a hand-held cooling device so the patient can direct cool air where it feels hot.

 Will skin peel off?
This depends on what you are doing. Some of the enzyme peels and the Flash Peel will increase cell turnover with no peeling. In general, most peels do cause sloughing, some degree of peeling skin. We don’t recommend you do a peel right before a big event. Plan to do a peel three to four weeks prior to any special occasion.

Where can peels be done?
Virtually any part of the body: face, neck, chest, hands are all treatable.  You don’t need to do the same peel everywhere, for example, a less aggressive peel can be done below the jawline because skin turnover is less fast, while a more aggressive peel can be done on the face.

Are peels mainly done for aging skin?
Peels can be done for aging skin and there are also peels that can be done to help control acne and slough off the dark pigmentation that some people get after the acne lesion is gone.

Are peels as effective as laser treatments?
Yes, in general. Lasers use light energy to penetrate the skin while chemical peels use acid to reach deeply into the dermis.

Peels Available at Evolutions 

Pumpkin Antioxidant Facial: this pumpkin peel is an enzyme type peel. Pumpkin contains high concentrations of vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene found in any fruit or vegetable. This facial and peel combination exfoliates and draws out impurities while introducing vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients. There is no downtime, no pain, and no peeling. A very relaxing experience.

* NEW! Flash Peel: this peel is a combination of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid that can be customized depending on the client’s skin. It can be a little tingly because of the alpha hydroxy acid. A mask is applied and massaged into the skin which gives the skin added hydration and nourishment. The service is a quick 30 minutes (easily done on your lunch hour). There is little to no peeling and yet the result is clear, rejuvenated skin.

* NEW! Jessner’s Peel: this peel has stood the test of time. Dr. Max Jessner, a dermatologist, came up with this in the early 1900s. He used resorcinol (a cousin to phenol) and mixed it with lactic and salicylic acid to create a peel that is not all that aggressive.  It can be done in multiple layers and as you do more layers, you get a white tinge to the skin, known as “frosting” or “blanching” which means proteins in the skin are starting to denature. It won’t get as deep as the Obagi blue peel because it’s not a strong acid which is why we classify it as a light peel to medium peel. Jessner’s Peel is especially helpful for acneic and/or oily skin. It contains lycopene and red wine (antioxidants for the skin) and is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Good for all for people of all skin types who want to freshen the skin.

Clay Mask Peel (Advanced Acne Facial): this peel is excellent for people with oily or acne-prone skin. The AFA (amino fruit acids) clay mask works to draw out oils and impurities and offers optimal exfoliation.

Alpha Beta Peel: our most popular peel at evolutions! This peel combines alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids into one powerful peel. We can vary the strength by applying it in 2-4 layers. A great choice for clients who want to see results quickly. Typically skin will begin to peel two to four days after the peel is applied and the skin will peel for approximately two to four days after that.

Obagi Blue Peel: the Obagi peel is our most aggressive peel available. The peel comes from a kit made by the medical grade skincare company Obagi.  The peel is available in concentrations of 15% or 20% TCA. We tend to do 20% so the client gets the best result. It is excellent for pigmentation issues. The Obagi Blue Peel is only available through a physicians office.  Downtime is about seven to ten days total.  Usually the peeling process occurs four to five days post application of the peel.

More Aggressive Options

These peels are only available at Dr. Perkins’ office – Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, just two blocks from Cottage Hospital.  For questions or to schedule a consultation about one of these options, call his office directly 805-563-0000.

Comfort Peel: the Comfort Peel is the strongest peel with 23% TCA. It is similar to blue peel but  has a topical anesthetic in it so the first layer stings a bit but the second layer stings less because of the numbing agent in it.

Phenol Peel: this peel can dramatically take care of sun damage and wrinkles. Dr. Perkins estimates that it can get rid of 95% of wrinkles in one treatment.  The downside is that phenol is toxic to melanocytes so the patient may have permanent lightening of the skin. The Phenol Peel is not commonly done anymore because of the lightening side effect.

Chemabrasion: this procedure combines a medium depth TCA peel (35% augmented TCA that has penetrating agents mixed in) with a light dermabrasion. It is done under anesthetic in the operating room. The downtime is about seven to ten days. Chemabrasion can get rid of 75-80% of wrinkles with one treatment.  Post-op care is like caring for a wound –  wash in the morning and evening; keep covered with ointment. This is also a great treatment for acne scarring.

 Improving Peel Results

You can improve the result of your peel by:

  • Doing a home care pre-treatment (recommended for more aggressive peels); the staff at Evolutions can suggest what product(s) to use in the weeks prior to treatment
  • Vibraderm prep: a physical exfoliation that will allow the peel to penetrate evenly and more deeply
  • Stem cell add-on:  from the skincare company DNA, the addition of stem cells helps augment the wound heeling
  • Multiwave LED – light therapy: multiple wavelengths of light speed the wound heeling and may shorten the time that you do not look good
  • Peel series: doing a series of light peels will give you a better result than just doing one; strong peels don’t need to be done in a series but, in some cases, a second follow up peel can be done if the client wants to see even greater results
  • Laser / Light-based treatment combined: we offer the FotoPeel which alternates between Fotofacials and chemical peels.  A great option for sun damage. This series makes people look really good really fast!
  • Ongoing home care / maintenance:  we always encourage our clients to use effective products for ongoing home care; Dr. Perkins has hand picked products from some of the top medical-grade skin care lines to upkeep your skin in between treatments.  We also recommend periodic peels for good maintenance.

Conclusions

Chemical peels are an important component (along with home care and possibly light-based treatments) in improving and maintaining the quality of your skin throughout your life. There are many types of peels for many different purposes. Remember that you don’t need to peel after a peel and all areas of the body can be treated.

To schedule a peel or a complimentary consultation, call us at 805-687-0212.