Evolutions Featured Product – LATISSE – Grow Your Lashes Longer, Fuller

What if you could have beautiful, long, thick eyelashes without extensions or heavy mascara? You can have that – safe and effectively with LATISSE. Now available at Evolutions Medical Spa! LATISSE – an FDA-approved eyelash treatment – grows your lashes longer, fuller and darker through an active ingredient called bimatoprost. Research suggests that this ingredient may increase the hairs growth phase.

LATISSE is the ONLY eyelash treatment that is FDA-approved – backed by clinical research and developed by Allergan, a leader in prescription eye care products. Patients using the product saw results in as few as eight weeks and full results in 12 to 16 weeks.

Similar to other eyelash treatments, LATISSE is applied once per day, usually at night, to the base of the upper lashes that are clean and make-up free.

Stop by Evolutions to pick up LATISSE for yourself! Available now for $135 for a 1 month supply (1 box) or $220 for 2 boxes. We highly recommend purchasing two boxes for an 8 week supply – a full 8 weeks is when people really start seeing great results!

How to Find an Excellent Medical Spa – Questions to Ask and Tips from Evolutions Medical Spa

At Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara we strongly encourage potential clients to ask questions and become informed before committing to a medical spa. In fact, many people are not familiar with the difference between a “medical” spa and a “day” spa – even less familiar with how to discern an okay medical spa from an excellent one. Read on for a bit of background and a few tips on how to find an excellent, trustworthy medical spa (like Evolutions!).

Medical spas, also known as medspas and medi-spas, have a “medical” focus as opposed to relaxation/pampering found at “day spas”. Medical spas offer non-invasive or minimally invasive medical aesthetic services for people who are looking to improve themselves without surgery or extended downtime. Many medical spas offer treatments such as medical grade chemical peels, injections of Botox or Dysport, injections of dermal fillers, laser hair removal and much more in an atmosphere that is more luxurious than a plastic or cosmetic surgeon’s office.

Important questions to ask when researching a medical spa:

  • Who is the medical director? Medical spas should be overseen by an appropriately qualified physician meaning those who specialize in aesthetic or skin-related fields such as a cosmetic or plastic surgeon or a dermatologist.

Evolutions Medical Spa is overseen by Dr. Terry J. Perkins, a double board certified cosmetic surgeon, who specializes in aesthetic facial surgery and liposuction and has been practicing for more than 30 years.

  • Where is the doctor’s main office? It is ideal for the doctor to be close by so that he is accessible for any patient’s needs.

Dr. Perkins is based in Santa Barbara, he practices cosmetic surgery at his Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group office that is just minutes from Evolutions.

  • Is the doctor available to see me at the spa to answer questions or available to examine me if there is a complication? It is important to note that procedures such as injections (of Botox, dermal fillers and the like), laser hair removal, FotoFacials, certain chemical peels, etc., are medical procedures that should be done by a trained medical professional with the same care and diligence that you would find in a doctor or surgeon’s office.

Dr. Perkins is always available for a consultation if there is a question or concern, scheduled through Evolutions.

  • If there is a complication, the doctor should be available to evaluate the situation. Does the doctor have normal hours at the spa? Knowing that the doctor is available certain days of the week at the medical spa for consultations and evaluations is tremendously important. This insures the doctor is playing an active role in the medical spa and that s/he would be available to see you upon request.

Dr. Perkins holds regular hours at Evolutions, seeing patients at the spa two days per week by appointment.

  • Did the medical director personally train the clinicians working at the spa? Training a clinician personally by the medical director indicates that s/he promotes uniformity in the treatment of patients to insure the best results. It also allows the medical director to evaluate the clinician and to provide further training, if necessary, to bring the clinician up to medical-grade standards.

Dr. Perkins personally trains the Evolutions’ nurses and clinicians. He meets with the Evolutions’ staff on a regular basis to insure everyone is kept up-to-date on what is going on at the medical spa.


We hope that you seek answers to these questions when looking for a great medical spa in your town. If you are in the Santa Barbara area and have always wanted to see what Evolutions Medical Spa is about, we hope that our answers to these questions have provided you with insight into our spa and we encourage you to come in and see us! In addition, Evolutions offers a complimentary consultation – fill out our form online – or call us at 805.687.0212 today!

Brazilian Laser Hair Removal at Evolutions

Although summer is winding down, Brazilian laser hair removal is still hot at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara! Why? With itsy-bitsy bikinis being so popular, it has become a priority for women of all ages to take care of their hair – or more appropriately, take care of removing their hair. Non-permanent hair removal methods like shaving, waxing, sugaring, threading or depilatory creams are less expensive, and work at removing hair, but the frequency for these methods adds up (once a day, once a month, etc.,) and your hair always grows back.

Brazilian laser hair removal, on the other hand, can put an end to your hairy situation. What sets Evolutions hair removal processes apart from other spas? Evolutions has four state-of-the-art modalities to remove unwanted hair while many other locations have only one hair removal device. This means that the clinician can find the best hair removal treatment that works with your skin color and hair type. A brief description of the four modalities follows:
  • The Comet is considered to be the new Gold Standard in laser hair removal systems.
  • The PPx uses patented photopneumatic therapy and is a painless treatment. It does not even require numbing cream.
  • The CoolGlide uses Nd:YAG technology and is ideal for darker skin types.
  • The ProWave is a programmable IPL and is able to cover large areas with very little discomfort.
  • Bonus! The Dual-Laze hair removal treatment combines the Comet and the PPX into each treatment using a proprietary protocol developed by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, owner and overseer of Evolutions.

Laser hair removal is done in a series of treatments, depending on the growth cycle of your hair and determined by the clinician at Evolutions. Every person is unique and will have a varying response to treatment. After completing the initial series it is often necessary to come in for a single maintenance treatment every six to nine months. For that reason, the FDA requires that laser hair removal treatments be referred to as “permanent hair reduction” rather than “permanent hair removal.” That said, most people are very happy with the permanent clearance they are able to achieve from an initial series.

Evolutions does not just do Brazilian laser hair removal! Hair can be removed anywhere with the exception of immediately around the eyes and inside the nose and ears. Popular laser hair removal places are for the under arm, leg, and back, in addition to the bikini area.

At Evolutions we price laser hair removal by “time”, as opposed to ‘area’, because hairlines can vary from one individual to another. We encourage you to come in for a complimentary laser hair removal consultation and at that time an accurate price for a (5) treatment series package will be quoted. Fill out our contact form online or call us for an appointment 805.687.0212 today!

Beautiful Skin from Within! NEW Supplements from Evolutions!

At Evolutions we believe that skin care is an ongoing project. Evolutions offers the best-of-the-best in skin care products that have been hand-picked by Evolutions’ founder, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, for clients to keep their skin healthy and glowing in their home care skin regimen.

Evolutions is excited to announce that we have added three new products to our shelves for beautiful skin! These products promote beautiful skin from within! They are supplements from BioPharma Scientific that work to beautify your skin and boost your overall health – NanoGreens, NanOmega and NanoPro SuperFoods! Each of these are supplements are in powder form and can be mixed with 6-8 ounces of cold water, milk or juice or blended in smoothies for a delicious, nutritious drink.

NanoGreensFruits and Vegetables to the Power of 10 – will provide the body with phyto-nutrition and antioxidant power of more than 10 servings of fruits and vegetables. Phyto-nutrients have been shown to lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke, boost the immune system, improve brain function, reduce inflammation, enhance energy, eliminate toxins, cut cravings and more!

NanOmegaOrganic Flax, Vegan DHA & Synergistic Vitamins (B6, Folic Acid, B12, E & D3) –promotes mental focus and healthy mood, maintains normal cholesterol and triglyceride levels, maintains healthy skin, visual acuity, gastrointestinal health, bone and joint health, prostate and breast health along with additional antioxidant protection.

NanoProWhey Protein with Colostrum Peptides – provides the highest biological value of all proteins and it is carefully processed to produce unique bio-active peptides. These whey peptides support optimal detoxification and antioxidant status, a balanced immune system, healthy gastrointestinal function, tissue repair and regeneration, builds muscle and bone mass, balances stress hormones and sleep chemicals and balances blood sugar maintenance.

Come in to Evolutions to learn more about these SuperFood supplements! Individual samples available for $2 each or three for $5. All of these are available today at Evolutions in one-month supplies.

Evolutions Spa Voted Best Medical Spa by Santa Barbara Residents

Evolutions Medical Spa has been voted Best Medical Spa by Santa Barbara readers of the weekly Independent paper and the Santa Barbara News-Press. This is the third year in a row that Evolutions has been honored by Santa Barbara residents!

Evolutions was founded in 2005 by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, who also has a practice in town, Cosmetic Surgery Center Medical Group. The idea behind Evolutions was to create a luxurious environment where clients can receive medically supervised non-invasive treatments that are safely administered. Using the latest innovative technology allows Evolutions to treat patients of all skin types and concerns including wrinkles, acne, sun damage, cellulite, stretch marks and hair removal. Here is a look at some of the things we do at Evolutions:

Available treatments range from non-invasive and minimally invasive medical procedures (performed by aesthetic nurse specialists or Dr. Perkins) such as Botox/Dysport, Dermal Fillers, Laser Vein Removal, Fotofacials, Isolaz Deep Pore Therapy, Stretch Mark Reduction and more. Aesthetic treatments are performed by a medical aesthetician and include Facials, Chemical Peels, Vibradermabrasion, VelaShape, Teeth Whitening and more. See a complete list of services available here.

Evolutions also carries top skin care products that are hand picked by Dr. Perkins. Medical grade home care is an important part of achieving and maintaining great skin! Stop by Evolutions to speak to one of our highly-trained staff members and create a customized home care plan to help address your skin-related concerns. Many of the products are also available at Evolutions’ eStore.

The team at Evolutions welcomes each and every client personally and insures that the person has a pleasant experience with measurable results. Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us. Winning Best Medical Spa for several years helps to reinforce that our clients love the care and results they receive at Evolutions. Thank you!

Revaleskin Products with CoffeeBerry Extract Reviewed by Evolutions Spa Client

Last month Evolutions hosted a “Crazy Gorgeous Skin Event” (read the recap about it here) and one lucky client won the Revaleskin products basket! After using the products for four weeks, she has volunteered to blog her experience of Revale with us!

Revaleskin products are powerful anti-aging skin care products that are exclusively formulated with CoffeeBerry® extract (coffee berries pictured to the right), a natural super-antioxident. CoffeeBerry® extract boasts one of the highest antioxidant scores ever recorded – rich in polyphenol antioxidants that help fend off the free radicals that cause cell damage and play a part in the aging process.

Evolutions Client’s Review of Revaleskin:

“I was thrilled to win such a valuable basket of products at Evolutions! After winning the basket, I had a consultation with the Revaleskin representative whose knowledge of the product was impressive, and even more so was his belief in the product’s possibilities. We looked at before-and-after pictures of people (some who were smokers) who had used Revaleskin and I was impressed with what I saw. One person’s crows feet (“laugh lines” around the eyes) seemed to have just disappeared from the “before” picture. I was eager to try the product, especially around my tired eyes that always seem a bit puffy and on my “age” or “sun” spots that I have accumulated rather rapidly in the past few years. In my basket I received the Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye Replenishing cream. The products had a very mild fragrance that is not flowery or coffee-smelling. All the creams go on smoothly and soak in without leaving my skin looking slick or oily. The Replenishing Eye cream is impressive – the representative told me I only need to use a very small amount (less than a pea-size) for both eyes. I use the eye cream first thing in the morning and before bed and I have noticed that it absorbs rapidly and I have never had any eye irritation from it. After four weeks, I definitely feel like I see a great difference in my eye area – I feel that they are not puffy and I think that the CoffeeBerry extract is helping to prevent any further wrinkles. I also feel like my skin, in general, looks less blotchy and healthier. Some of my sun spots seem to have faded and I feel like overall they look less prominent. Prone to breaking out with acne from time to time, I was curious to see if the product would have an effect on that. I have to say that I have not broken out in the last four weeks and my theory is that the CoffeeBerry extract – full of antioxidants -promotes a more rapid turnover of my skin cells and that keeps my skin fresh and renewed which means less of a breeding ground for any acne bacteria. Over all, I am really happy with the products and plan to continue using them after my supply runs out! Although I don’t have too many wrinkles – I am interested in keeping my skin as wrinkle-free as possible and I truly believe that Revaleskin products are great to have in my arsenal.

Revaleskin products are a simple 3-step system and contain a daily facial cleanser, a Day Cream with SPF 15 sunscreen and a Night Cream to rejuvenate. Also available are the Intense Recovery Treatment and Replenishing Eye Therapy.

Revaleskin Night Cream was featured in InStyle Magazines “Best Beauty Buys 2009” highlighting that the “silky formula tackles fine lines and age spots … (and) it sinks in twice as fast as most other night creams”.

Revaleskin is a skin care line available at Evolutions Medical Spa.

Matrix RF: Less Invasive Beauty Solution Available at Evolutions Medical Spa

Skin resurfacing and rejuvenating can be accomplished a few different ways using laser and light-based technologies. Traditional resurfacing ablates (removes) skin surface. The results are great, but healing time can take up to a week or more. Non-ablative rejuvenation such as FotoFacial RF protects the skin surface (does not ablate) and still targets areas of pigmentation and redness to get results with no downtime. While the results are great, they are not able to match the results of ablative technology. The newest treatments available are fractional resurfacing. Fractional resurfacing removes a small portion of the skin surface (usually 5% – 10%) and protects the rest. This gives many of the benefits of traditional resurfacing with very little downtime, so it is a great option for many clients.

Evolutions is pleased to introduce Matrix RF fractional skin resurfacing — the newest fractional device on the market and a great new, less-invasive option.

The Matrix RF fractional technology reaches deeper into the skin, but covers the area in patterns of dots instead of a broader area. The matrix spots are surrounded by non-affected tissue which helps in accelerating the healing process. This results in a treatment with more effective color and texture improvement – and significantly less recovery time than traditional resurfacing.

Matrix RF can be used to treat wrinkles, acne scar revision, superficial skin lesions, scar revision, textural irregularities, pigmentation and skin laxity. Past procedures were not as successful on darker pigmented people and this is not the case for the Matrix RF. See a video from NBC’s show, “The Doctors”, featuring the Matrix addressing darker skin types.

Treatment is safe and effective. Typically 3 treatments, 4 – 6 weeks apart are recommended for maximum results, however it depends on your skin’s condition.

Matrix RF is currently only available in the Tri-Counties at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara. Evolutions offers a complimentary consultation to determine whether the Matrix RF is the solution for your skin! 805.687.0212.

WEDNESDAY: Education at Evolutions Event Featuring DYSPORT – Botox Alternative

This Wednesday, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, will be hosting an evening of Education at Evolutions! Featuring DYSPORT – the first “real” alternative to Botox!

Dysport Education at Evolutions Medical Spa Event
Wednesday July 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Please call to RSVP 687.0212.
Evolutions Medical Spa is located at 1309 State Street in Santa Barbara

Dysport is a highly effective wrinkle treatment and an alternative to Botox, is now FDA approved and available at Evolutions!

At the Dysport education event, you will:
  • Learn all about the first true competitor to Botox
  • Discover the similarities between Dysport and Botox
  • See a live demonstration performed by Dr. Perkins
  • Enter for a chance to win a free Dysport treatment
  • Enjoy a pre-purchase special exclusively for attendees
Event includes refreshments, raffles and a great Special!

Introductory Special on Dysport Treatments – a Real Alternative to Botox – at Evolutions in Santa Barbara

Now available at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa BarbaraDYSPORT!! An alternative to Botox®, Dysport is another effective treatment to smoothing lines between your brows and reducting wrinkles in your forehead and around the eyes. Dysport is a better value per unit than Botox – it works faster and is a smaller molecule so 20 units of Botox equals 50 units of Dysport.

Here are some other similarities and differences between Dysport and Botox®:

  • Both Dysport and Botox are forms of Botulinum Toxin Type A.
  • Both products have been used in Europe for almost 20 years to treat certain types of muscle disorders.
  • Botox received FDA approval for cosmetic use in the U.S. in 2002. Dysport recently received FDA approval.
  • Both products are safe and effective in the treatment of wrinkles on the face (“frown lines”).
  • Dysport works faster (1-3 days vs. 4-7 days for Botox) and has FDA approval for a four month duraction (vs. 3-4 months for Botox).

Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara is owned by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins. Dr. Perkins has more than 30 years of cosmetic surgery experience in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and was one of only 16 doctors in the United States to conduct a study leading to the FDA approval of Botox for cosmetic use in 1999. Dr. Perkins is excited to introdue Dysport – a real alternative to Botox!

>> Evolutions is offering an introductory special for a limited time! <<
Call 805.687.0212 to book your appointment today to try Dysport!

Evolutions Medical Spa Crazy Gorgeous Skin Event Recap and Learn the Basics of a Great Home Care Skin Regimen

On Wedneday Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara hosted an event called Crazy Gorgeous Skin which was dedicated to home care regimens for your skin. We had several representatives on hand for some of the skin care products that we carry such as Revaleskin, DNA, Colorescience and Clarisonic. We had a great turn out and several of our guests won generous raffle prizes! One client won the Revaleskin basket with the Day Cream SPF 15, Night Cream and Replenishing Eye Therapy cream. Revaleskin products are made with the potent CoffeeBerry® extract that is rich in antioxidants to fend off aging and cell damage. Our client was so pleased that she promised us that she would review the product after a few weeks use. Stay tuned for a guest blog post soon!

Did you know that the product lines Evolutions carries are all carefully selected by Dr. Perkins for their excellent reputations, therapeutic value, and high level of client satisfaction? Many of these lines utilize patented technologies and are only able to be sold by physicians. Furthermore, rather than carry entire lines, Dr. Perkins has hand-picked the “best of the best” of each line!
We’d like to share with you the basic building blocks of a great home care regimen:

CLEANSERS are the first step in any skin care program. It is necessary to clean make-up, dirt, and oil from your skin in order to allow the therapeutic products to have a maximum effect. Poor cleansing can also result in clogged pores.
EXFOLIANTS work by increasing cell turnover. As we age, cell turnover decreases, which can give the skin a “dull” look and/or a rough, uneven color and feel. By helping to remove the outer skin layers, exfoliants “freshen” the skin, as well as allow other therapeutic products to penetrate more effectively. Furthermore, with proper use, exfoliants help the skin to become more hydrated.
ANTIOXIDANTS fight against the free radical injury (environmental chemical compounds that cause skin DNA damage) that is associated with sun damage, skin aging, and skin cancer. Topical application of “active” antioxidants is far more effective than oral ingestion. Consistent use of antioxidant skin care helps repair prior environmental damage as well as decreases future damage.
RETINOIDS help to normalize skin cell growth. They decrease the development of abnormal cells (such as cancer), pigment clumping (brown spots), and the activity of some enzymes that cause skin degradation. They also work to increase collagen and elastic production, which makes the skin look healthier and more youthful.

SUN PROTECTION (UV Protection) is the most basic and important thing you can do for your skin. It is critical to wear a broadband (UVA and UVB) sunscreen every day as the damage UV radiation causes leads to premature aging, abnormal pigmentation, spider veins, and skin cancer. UVB rays cause sunburns and directly damage DNA. UVA rays penetrate more deeply, creating oxidative damage that causes aging and skin sagging. Please note that UVA rays are present even on cloudy days and the majority of sun damage is caused by incidental exposure (not “laying out”). If you do nothing else for your skin, wear a good sunscreen daily!

Depending on your skin type and condition, these might also be important:

MOISTURIZERS help skin appear smoother and younger by hydrating cells. This reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles, makes the skin recover faster from environmental stressors, and decreases water loss through the skin.
SKIN TYPE SPECIFIC PRODUCTS. Depending on your skin type and condition (i.e., acne prone, mature, dry, etc), specific products may provide additional benefit.

Building a great home care regimen can be confusing and intimidating! Evolutions is happy to help you! Call us (687.0212) to schedule a complimentary consultation!