This Wednesday! Education at Evolutions Event: Chemical Peels

Tomorrow, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara will be hosting an Education at Evolutions Event featuring Chemical Peels.

Looking for a renewing skin treatment after being in the hot summer sun for the last three months? Chemical peels aid in skin transformation by peeling the damaged skin off and uncovering the fresh, beautiful skin underneath. The best part about a chemical peel is that your down time, or time when you are peeling, is relatively short depending on the peel: a TCA peel (or “medium” peel) usually involves only three to four days of peeling and the Obagi Blue Peel (a “deeper” peel) will peel for about a week to ten days. After the peel is done, you will be amazed at how great your skin looks!

At Evolutions we like to say that chemical peels are the “best bang for your buck“! Almost an instant gratification in the skin care world! Read more about chemical peels here. Then join cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins at Evolutions for an educational night about chemical peels. Bring your questions, too, as Dr. Perkins and staff will hold a Q&A session after the presentation on chemical peels.

Education at Evolutions Medical Spa
featuring Chemical Peels
1309 State Street, Santa Barbara

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
6:30 – 8:30pm

Exclusive discounts for attendees! Refreshments, wine and a raffle too!

Please RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Offers Clients an Exciting Alternative to the Doctor’s Office

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, founder and medical director of Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa, has partnered with one of the top spas in North America to offer clients cosmetic procedures in a luxurious spa resort setting.
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Not surprisingly, most people don’t consider a trip to the doctor’s office as exciting as a trip to a AAA Five Diamond Resort Spa! Dr. Terry Perkins, a Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon and skin rejuvenation specialist for over 30 years, understands this fact. Dr. Perkins has partnered with the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, one of the top resorts in North America, to give his current and future clients a great new option as to where they would like to receive their medical cosmetic treatments.

Many people equate going to the doctor’s office with an illness. Dr. Perkins comments, “The procedures I do are elective and my clients are healthy. Consequently, many of them would love to combine their treatment with a rejuvenating day at a top-rated U.S. spa”. At the Ojai Valley Inn’s Spa, Dr. Perkins and his talented nurses will be offering injectables such as Dysport, Botox, Restylane, Perlane, and Radiesse. Dysport and Botox Cosmetic help reduce frown lines and other wrinkles while Restylane, Perlane and Radiesse are dermal fillers that are used to enhance many facial features. All are considered non-invasive treatments.

Clients who see Dr. Perkins at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa will have complimentary access to their state-of-the-art spa center on the day of their appointment. Spa Ojai boasts two pools, mind/body classes, plush locker rooms and extraordinary spa services from massages to body treatments, facials and more. Dr. Perkins, who is also the founder of a Santa Barbara medical spa called Evolutions, will offer services at Spa Ojai three to four times per month in addition to services at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara.

The pairing of Dr. Perkins, who was voted “Best Cosmetic Surgeon” by Santa Barbara residents in the 2009 Santa Barbara NewsPress Readers Choice Awards, with a world-renowned spa that was hailed as one of the “Top 10 Best Spas” in USA Today, makes perfect sense. As the exclusive provider of medical aesthetic procedures for Spa Ojai, Dr. Perkins brings his cosmetic expertise to a truly luxurious environment, giving his clients the best of both worlds.

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Learn About Chemical Peels in Santa Barbara

Chemical Peels 101: Chemical Peels Offered at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara

Evolutions Medical Spa offers mild, medium and deep peels as single treatments and also as series. Two of the most common types of peels used are: Alphahydroxy acids (AHA’s) and Trichloroacetic acid (TCA).

Alphahydroxy Acid Chemical Peels (“Mild” Peel)
Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic, lactic, or fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce light peels. These types of peels can provide smoother, brighter-looking skin for people who can’t spare the time to recover from a TCA peel.

With a mild AHA peel, you probably won’t peel at all, but, only get some temporary redness and/or dryness. And the process that you experience will not prevent you from working or engaging in your normal activities. Improvements from AHA peels may be very subtle at first. You may detect a healthier glow to your skin. With continued treatments, you will notice a general improvement in the texture of your skin.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA) Chemical Peels (“Medium” Peel)
Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be used in many concentrations, but it is most commonly used for medium to deeper depth peeling. With a medium strength TCA peel, you could actually go out to dinner that night (with a little makeup). You might be a little red and tight, but, no one would know that you just had a peel solution applied. In about 1-2 days you will start the peeling process. The down-time after treatment is usually 3-4 days of peeling. At Evolutions Medical Spa, our Alpha-Beta Peel improves the look of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, pigment problems and unclogs pores.

Obagi Blue Peel (“Deep” Peel)
If you want to dramatically improve your complexion in about 2 weeks, go for the Obagi Blue Peel (“Blue for a day!”). The blue solution allows the clinician to control the evenness of the peel; while the number of coats influences the depth of the peel. Immediately after the procedure, the bluish tint remains on your skin, which washes off in the first few hours. In about a week to ten days, your new skin will be apparent and you should be healed sufficiently to return to your normal activities. During this time, it is especially important that you use a sunblock or blotchy, irregular skin coloring may result.

What to Expect During a Peel
During a chemical peel, most patients experience a warm to hot sensation that may last about 5 to 10 minutes and may be followed by some stinging. At Evolutions we have a Synercool machine that blows cool air on your skin to ease the stinging. 3-4 layers may be applied and the solution is then neutralized. The whole process only takes about 45 minutes.

Looking Good!
The results are not permanent, as a chemical peel cannot stop the skin from continuing to age. Depending on the strength of the peel, periodic treatments may be necessary until the desired effects are achieved.

Because sun exposure accelerates signs of aging, protecting the skin from sun exposure will lengthen the amount of time that the results are seen. Protecting the skin from the sun also can prevent some signs of aging. Ask your clinician to recommend a sunblock with adequate UVA and UVB protection and use it every day.

One of our favorite sunblock products is TIZO3. It has an SPF of 40, is water resistant, and has a slight tint to it. The Tizo3 has a velvety, non-greasy feel and gives you a little coverage too. Also, Nia24 with 5% Pro-Niacin®, not only provides SPF30 UVA/UVB protection, but, also repairs past damage and promotes skin health.

It is very important that you find a clinician who has adequate training and experience in chemical peels. Permanent skin lightening and lines of demarcation may occur, if not done by a well trained medical aesthetician. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, who is also the owner of the Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara, personally sets protocals, trains and supervises all procedures at Evolutions.

Planning for Your First Peel
During your initial complimentary Evolutions Consultation, it is important that you discuss your expectations with your clinician. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns that you may have. The clinician will explain the planned procedure in detail, including its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the costs.

Chemical peels are amazing by themselves, but, they also compliment other services. At Evolutions Medical Spa, you may enhance the results of a chemical peel with laser/light-based rejuvenation techniques, or combine with another procedure, such as dermal fillers (i.e., Restylane®, Radiesse®) or botulinum (Botox® or Dysport™) rejuvenation. A thorough evaluation by your clinician will help determine what best meets your needs.

At Evolutions we price chemical peels as individual treatments and as a series. We encourage you to come in for a complimentary skin rejuvenation consultation. Fill out our contact form online or call us for an appointment 805.687.0212 today! Evolutions Medical Spa is located in downtown Santa Barbara.

Colorescience Mineral Makeup on CBS News – More Than Just for the Face!

Colorescience mineral makeup that protects and corrects is more than just for the face – we found this out on a recent segment on “The Early Show” on CBS! Colorescience can be used on your feet too!

The Health Watch segment (video below) was all about the feet – and foot issues – and how many people just don’t like their feet. Dr. Suzanne Levine, a podiatrist surgeon, addressed issues such as bunions, corns, heel spurs and rough skin on heels and feet. In the final part of the segment, Dr. Levine suggested for those who may dislike the appearance of their feet to use mineral make-up – such as Colorescience – to minimize corns and discoloration.

Colorescience makeup will not only provide coverage or camouflage a corn, it will also protect the foot with SPF 20. At Evolutions, we suggest using Colorescience mineral makeup on the backs of your hands and neck and chest area – these areas usually are comprised of thinner skin, and with years of sun exposure, can wrinkle and develop age spots just as the face can.
Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa is proud to partner with the best medical grade skin care products, which includes Colorescience, and is always available at Evolutions! Stop by to check out the Colorescience line today!

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.

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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.