Evolutions Event – All About Chemical Peels and Your Skin

Join us at our August event!

Skin Appeel

All About Chemical Peels and Your Skin!

Wednesday, August 30th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa offers a variety of peels, from light to deep, that can address many of the skin conditions concerning our clients.

At this event you will learn about the peels available at Evolutions as well as get answers to some frequently asking questions, including:

  • What do chemical peels feel like?
  • Do all chemical peels make your skin peel off? (Hint: No!)
  • How can peels help my acne? Age spots? Pores?
  • Can peels be combined with laser treatments?
  • I have good skin, do I still need a peel?

  All peels and peel series will be discounted 20%!

Enjoy refreshments, a great raffle, and exclusive specials at our event.

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

Skin Resurfacing Event in Santa Barbara

If you are interested in smoother, clearer, younger-looking skin in a week, join us at our June Event! 

Skin Resurfacing 101

Wednesday, June 28th
6:30 – 8:30 pm

At our event, you will learn about:

  • Fractional CO2 Resurfacing: A wonderful treatment that can give you great skin rejuvenation with a single treatment!
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: PRP uses your body’s own healing process to refresh and rejuvenate your skin.
  • Sublative Resurfacing plus DNA Repair: Fractional resurfacing with little to no pain.

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

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Event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials.

– Attendance is Limited –
Call Today to RSVP – 805-687-0212

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

 

Evolutions Medical Spa Gift Certificates Available Now!

‘Tis the season to give the gift of beautiful skin . . . and wrinkle-free skin . . . and blemish-free skin . . . and tighter skin! Evolutions invites you to celebrate someone special in your life (or yourself) with our Holiday Gift Certificate Offer:

  • Buy a $100 gift certificate for only $90
  • Buy a $500 gift certificate for only $450 plus receive a FREE Signature Facial* ($145 value) that you can give away or keep for yourself!
Evolutions Holiday Gift Certificates

Redeem you spa gift certificate for a variety of medical spa and aesthetic services such as:

and much more! View our complete list of medical spa and aesthetic services here.

Fine print: Other dollar amounts available. Given as a Gift Card (not a Gift Certificate). * Limit 1 free facial per person. Offer available through December 31st, 2012.

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Visit our new, larger location to take advantage of our Holiday Gift Certificate offer this month! Evolutions Medical Spa is located at 350 Chapala Street, Suite 103 (on the corner of Guiterrez and Chapala) or purchase by phone 805-687-0212.

Evolutions Medical Spa Event Recap: “Brighten Up” with FotoFacials, Laser Facials, Peels and More

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins – and founder of Evolutions Medical Spa – never ceases to amaze us with the knowledge he holds about the skin and skin care. Last night he shared with a captive audience how to get on the path to clear, bright skin. Here is the recap from the “Brighten Up” educational event at Evolutions.

What stands in the way of luminous skin? For many of us, it is an issue of pigmentation. Pigmentation, also referred to as age spots, “liver” spots, freckles, is caused by melanin.  Melanin is produced as a protection to the skin in response to sun exposure (a sun “tan” is actually a skin injury), trauma, or inflammation. Melanin can also be influenced by hormones, birth control pills, and pregnancy. Appearance problems occur when melanocytes are over stimulated such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (from pimples) or melasma, which is a broad patch of pigmentation that can occur in the epidermal or dermal layers of the skin.

How do we get rid of pigmentation? Below are the options that Dr. Perkins outlined for us:

HOME CARE

While Evolutions offers a variety of services that are effective in the treatment of pigmentation problems, Dr. Perkins stressed that it is also important to practice diligent home care to prevent or lighten pigmentation. The #1 recommendation from Dr. Perkins is to wear your sunscreen daily! The fact is that more than half of UV exposure is “incidental” exposure such as sitting near a window, driving in your car, walking outside to chat with your neighbor, you get the picture! UVA actually goes through glass, so you aren’t protected in your car or at your window office.

Evolutions offers a variety of bleaching agents and hydroquinone (which stops the formation of pigment from being formed). Some product recommendations:

  • Obagi Clear and C-Rx Night: a product with hydroquinone as an active ingredient that helps to fade unwanted pigment
  • Revale Illuminating Serum: has the highest potency of antioxidants – good anti-oxidation helps skin repair
  • Nia24: helps skin repair at the DNA level which normalizes pigmentation
  • Retinoids (“Retin A”, “Tretinoin”): help normalize cell differentiation
  • Combination Prescription Products (“Firm and Fade”): offered exclusively at Evolutions that combines Retin-A, hydroquinone, and a low potency steroid (used to calm down inflammation)

In addition to using a brightening/lightening product, you may want to add in a product that encourages cell turnover. Products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids, amino fruit acids, and retinoids are all good choices.

VIBRADERM

Vibraderm is done using abrasive aluminum paddles that provide a gentle abrasion. It is faster than microdermabrasion and does not have a vacuum component (which can cause broken capillaries).  This physical exfoliation is used to treat superficial pigment problems with no downtime. It will improve the penetration of products / peels and is great as a stand alone service or in conjunction with a peel or facial.

LIGHT-BASED TREATMENTS : FOTOFACIAL RF

This “Gold Standard” treatment of pigmentation uses Intense Pulsed Light / Radiofrequency to target pigment and “red” areas. A FotoFacial works deeper than most chemical peels and can significantly improve your skin texture by reducing redness, age spots, sun damage, spider veins, fine lines (although not a treatment for wrinkles) and large pores. We offer the FotoFacial in a series or in combination with other treatments (FotoPeel, FotoPeel Plus, and FotoFacial Genesis Packages), depending on an individual’s needs.

CHEMICAL PEELS

Chemical peels are a “controlled” injury to the skin that causes a deep, even exfoliation. At Evolutions we offer different depths of peels (from light to medium to deep).

  • AFA Peels: the alpha-hydroxy peel is a “light” peel for those who want the benefits of a peels without a large amount of actual peeling. This peel can be done alone or in a series of five (recommended).
  • Alpha Beta Peel: this is the most popular peel at Evolutions. It is a medium-depth physical exfoliation and works well to get rid of superficial sun damage and is a great choice for clients who want to see results in 4-5 days.
  • Obagi Blue Peel: this is the deepest peel offered. It will significantly improve your complexion. You will have firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier skin.

LIGHT-BASED TREATMENTS: Q-SWITCHED LASER

This newest laser is used for our newest service – tattoo removal. It delivers laser energy so rapidly that it breaks up pigment without excessive heating of the surrounding tissue.  Currently we are testing how effectively it can treat stubborn brown pigmentation. Stay tuned at a later date for more information on the Q-Switched Laser!

SUBLATIVE REJUVENATION

This unique fractional resurfacing device uses radiofrequency energy instead of light to safely treat all skin types. Sublative Rejuvenation is used to treat wrinkles, pigment, acne scarring, skin laxity, tone and texture. There is less downtime and discomfort than older fractional laser devises (i.e. the Fraxel) and it can be combined with other light-based treatments (such as the FotoFacial RF or Total Tightening) for customizable treatment options.

CHEMABRASION

This surgical procedure done by Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara (near Cottage Hospital) combines a deep peel with dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion). It treats wrinkles, sun damage, and pigment. You will be very impressed with the results. For more information, contact Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000.

CONCLUSION

The best way to treat sun damage is to prevent it by using your sunscreen daily (on your face, neck, and decolletage). When pigment issues arise, there are a number of treatment options available at Evolutions and “at home”. Pigmentation can be treated on all areas of the body.

At Evolutions we always offer a complimentary consultation. If you are interested in one of our medical spa services, or simply looking for a new home care routine, call us at 805.687.0212 to make an appointment (or book online).

The Hot Accessory for Spring: White Teeth!

Teeth Whitening in Santa Barbara at EvolutionsNow that we’re on the brink of Spring, we’re beginning to see people wearing bright colors in hues of  tangerine, yellow, electric blues and greens. And lots of floral and patterns – subdued or loud – on tops and jeans. There is no question that people are boldly embracing the trends that we’ve been seeing on the runways. Bold colors are fun, they make a statement! And the one accessory that will make your look “sparkle” this Spring is white teeth!

Evolutions Medical Spa offers the most effective teeth whitening in Santa Barbara outside of a dental office. Our SpaWhite service can brighten your smile with little to no sensitivity. We know that the main concern with teeth whitening is the sensitivity that it causes – for some it is intense (burning gums and sensitive teeth) and for others it is a non-issue. The culprit of the sensitivity is peroxide, which is the key ingredient in virtually all teeth whitening products and services. Some tooth bleach manufacturers artificially lower the pH of their peroxide to make it more stable, and less sensitive, but this also lowers the effectiveness. This is a case when innovation really counts!

Our SpaWhite teeth whitening service uses patented foam pads that are saturated with a specially formulated neutral pH peroxide gel. Coupled with an advanced, spectrum-controlled light specifically developed for the SpaWhite process, the whitening process is accelerated and intensified. For most people, one or two SpaWhite sessions is sufficient for an initial treatment.

Don’t let your clothes outshine you this Spring! Instead, match your bold statement with a dazzling bright smile!

Evolutions always offers a complimentary consultation – call us at 805.687.0212 or book a consultation online.

Evolutions Event Recap: Tightening and Lightening

On Wednesday evening, Evolutions Medical Spa and Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins hosted an interactive and educational event about Tightening and Lightening the skin. Both tightening and lightening can be done at Evolutions through various services, without invasive surgery, and will yield noticeable results!

Part I: SKIN TIGHTENING – Facial Rejuvenation 

What is skin laxity?

Skin laxity is a result of damage and loss of collagen and elastin – the structural components of the dermis. Collagen provides the rigidity to connective tissues and elastin allows them stretch. As we age collagen loses elasticity and our skin sags. Sun damage also plays a role in aging the skin as well.

How can we treat skin laxity?

There are several options including:

  • Surgical options such as traditional surgery (face lifts) or deep peels (chemabrasion).
  • Non-surgical treatments include light-based (FotoFacial), radiofrequency (Sublative Rejuvenation, ReFirme), and focused ultrasound.

How does treating skin laxity non-surgically work?

It has been found that sustained heating of the dermis works to treat skin laxity. The immediate effect is collagen contraction and long term stimulation of collagen remodeling.

Who is a good candidate for non-surgical skin tightening treatments?

  • Age is not a barrier – clients can be anywhere from 30 to 80+ years old
  • Clients who have a minimum amount of excess fat in the area of concern and those with skin that is neither very thin or very thick
  • Clients who have realistic expectations – the non-surgical procedures can turn back the clock a few years, not decades
  • A great candidate is someone who is not ready for surgery but still wants to tighten the skin

Skin tightening options available at Evolutions:

  • Titan: the Titan is a safe infrared light that heats the dermis as well as the skin’s surface. The heating contracts the collagen and stimulates new collagen to be produced.
  • ReFirme: ReFirme is an FDA cleared non-invasive skin tightening procedure that features elōs technology – a combination of bi-polar radio frequency (RF) and optical energy.
  • Total Tightening: Dr. Perkins has developed an exclusive protocol combining the technologies or ReFirme and Titan into one treatment called Total Tightening. This treatment synergistically works to heat the entire upper half of the dermis. It is exclusive to Evolutions Medical Spa. A series of 4 treatments is recommended for best results.

Why do you recommend skin tightening treatments in a series?

Laser and light-based treatments are generally done in a series because the energy necessary to cause dramatic change in the skin (which cause injury and then recovery, which is what grows new skin) cannot be accomplished in a single treatment, instead it is the cumulative effects of multiple treatments that yield the best results. If, after a few treatments, a client sees the results they are looking for, they can save the remaining treatments to be used as “maintenance” at a later date.

Part II: SKIN LIGHTENING – Improve Excess Pigmentation

What is pigmentation?

Pigmentation is created by melanin in the skin. Melanin is produced by melanocytes. Different skin types have different levels of melanocyte activity – therefore different skin colors occur within people.

Why does the body produce melanin?

Normal production of melanin is based on skin type. Melanin levels rise in response to sun exposure (such as a sun tan which is equal to a skin injury), trauma, and inflammation. Extra melanin can also be produced due to hormones, birth control pills, and pregnancy.

When do pigmentation problems occur?

If melanocytes are over-stimulate, appearance problems can occur such as:

  • Sun damage also referred to as age spots, “liver” spots, freckles
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation can occur with pimples
  • Melasma – a broad patch of pigmentation – can occur in the dermal or epidermal layers of the skin

Treatment for pigmentation problems
The following highlights products and services that are available at Evolutions to treat a number of pigmentation problems.

  •  Sunscreen: your best defense against pigmentation is to prevent it! Year round, daily use of sunscreen is always recommended!
  • Home Care: there are two categories of home care products that can help lighten and brighten the skin – bleaching agents and exfoliating agents.
  • Home care bleaching agents: Obagi Clear, C-Rx Night (with hydroquinone), the newest, fastest lightening agent Elure (read more about Elure in a recent blog post), Revale Illumenesse Brightening Complex, Nia24 products, and retinoids (“Retin-A”). At Evolutions we compound our Tretinoin to reduce the price for clients.
  • Exfoliating agents assist in increasing cell turnover: products with alpha-hydroxy acids, amino fruit acids and retinoids all help to expedite cell turnover (which slows as we age).
  • Chemical Peels: the fastest way to exfoliate and increase cell turnover is through a chemical peel. Available in multiple strengths, from light to deep, chemical peels can make a dramatic difference in the skin in a matter of days (somewhere between 5 to 10 days, with the skin continuing to improve thereafter). The peels available at Evolutions are:
  1. Phase Five Peel / Clay Mask Peel
  2. Alpha Beta Peel
  3. Comfort Peels (Light, Medium, Deep)
  4. Obagi Blue Peel

Read all about the various chemical peels, how they feel, and how effective they can be, in a various blog post.

  • Vibradermabrasion: this service provides a physical exfoliation that can treat superficial pigment problems (with no downtime). It also is a great add-on service to facials and as a preparation for peels as it will improve the penetration of product or the peel. Vibraderm is superior to the popular microdermabrasion treatment because there is no suction component to it (which can cause broken capillaries).
  • Light-Based Treatments: these treatments are safe and non-invasive, using intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency technology to diminish imperfections in the skin such as excess pigment as well as “red” areas. The FotoFacial RF is the “gold standard” for treatment of pigmentation and it works deeper than most chemical peels. The FotoFacial is available in a series or in combination with other treatments (FotoPeel, FotoPeel Plus, and FotoFaical Genesis Package).
  • *NEW* Light-Based Treatment: Evolutions just acquired the brand new Q-Plus C (Q-switched laser) light-based treatment that is able to treat tattoos of all colors and a variety of pigmentation issues.
  • Sublative Rejuvenation: this fractional surfacing device uses radio frequency energy, instead of light, to treat wrinkles, pigment, acne scarring, skin laxity, tone and texture. There is less downtime and less discomfort that older fractional laser devices (such as the Fraxel) and customizable treatment options are available. Sublative Rejuvenation can be combined with other light-based treatments such as the FotoFacial RF or Total Tightening.
  • Chemabrasion: this is a surgical procedure that combines a deep peel with dermabrasion. Chemabrasion is a more aggressive option to treat acne scarring and deep wrinkles. The change can be very dramatic. Down time is approximately one week.

Part III: CONCLUSION

The best way to treat sun damage is to prevent it by daily use of sunscreen. When pigment issues arise, there are a number of treatment options available, both at Evolutions and at home. All areas of the body can be treated for pigmentation problems.

Evolutions Medical Spa offers a complimentary consultation by filling out our online form or calling 805.687.0212.

Medical Spa Services Financing Option Through Care Credit

Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara offers alternative financing through CareCredit – a healthcare finance company – that extends credit for health services that may not normally be covered through your insurance (such as cosmetic procedures, dentistry and veterinarian services).

At Evolutions, we accept CareCredit payment with a minimum purchase of $300 which does not have to be limited to treatments. You can also use it to purchase products.
Take advantage of the offer CareCredit is currently extending for our customers: no interest for one year if you borrow $1000 or more (and full payment is made within the promotional period) and no interest for six months for those who borrow less than $1000 (and full payment is made within the promotional period).
Get started on your skin rejuvenation today! Apply online for CareCredit financing and then call Evolutions to schedule your medical spa service at 805.687.0212.