Evolutions Medical & Day Spa Santa Barbara Thanks You!

Evolutions Medical and Day Spa Santa Barbara2013 was an exciting year for us! We had just settled into our new location on Chapala and Gutierrez Streets when we decided to seize the opportunity to add to our medical spa business and open up an adjoining day spa. Evolutions Day Spa in Santa Barbara opened in March 2013 offering the community a new luxurious retreat to indulge in relaxing spa services. It is the perfect complement to our medical spa facility.

On our medical spa side we offer medical and aesthetic treatments that address skin concerns such as wrinkle reduction (Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers), chemical peels, laser services (laser hair removal, tattoo removal, nail fungus treatment), acne care, skin tightening and more. Our day spa services focus primarily on taking away everyday stressors through massage, facials, and body treatments (wraps and scrubs with the Vichy Shower). Many of our clients have told us how pleased they are that they are able to fulfill all their spa needs under one roof.

As we close out 2013, we want to take a moment to say “Thank You” to all of our clients and friends. We are grateful for your support and loyalty.  We look forward to continuing to provide you with top notch medical and spa services in 2014!


Clarisonic Skincare: Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event Recap

Our “Summer Skincare” event provided us with so much information that we have decided to split the recap into three posts – each dedicated to the three topics of the evening – all of which are equally important.  The first topic is about the Clarisonic Skin Care System.

What is the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System?

The Clarisonic skin cleansing system, or popularly known as the “Clarisonic brush”, uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, and thoroughly, cleanse your skin.  It removes six times more makeup and two times more dirt than cleansing with your hands alone.  The inside area of the brush oscillates ten degrees in either direction, moving with the skin’s elasticity, while the outer ring of bristles stay stationary and act as a splash guard.  The movement of the bristles makes this brush unique to all the other electronic skin brushes on the market, which use a rotary movement that tugs at the skin and can cause damage. Use the Clarisonic with any cleanser of your choice as long as it is non-abrasive.

What are the benefits of cleansing with the Clarisonic?

If you use the Clarisonic on a regular basis, once in the morning and once in the evening, you will see many benefits, including:

  • Clearer, smoother skin
  • More product absorption – your cleaner skin will absorb moisturizers, and other facial products, more thoroughly and evenly
  • Less blackheads because it removes dirt and sebum (oil)
  • Minimized appearance of pores

Clarisonic Brush Heads: Which is right for you?

There are five types of brush heads available for the face, and one for the body. The facial brush heads target different skin types:

  • Normal: perfect for normal skin, shaving prep and use on the neck and chest (this is the brush head on the grey plastic base)
  • Sensitive: for sensitive to normal skin types (this is the brush that comes with all Clarisonic units)
  • Delicate: for delicate or extra-sensitive skin (this brush has a light blue plastic base)
  • Deep Pore: use for cleansing on oily skin, large pores, and is gentle enough for daily use
  • Acne: extra-plush with bristle gradation to provide gentle cleansing for sensitive and acne prone skin

Clarisonic Settings for Optimal Cleansing

Depending on the model you buy, the Clarisonic has different speeds, or settings, ranging from a sensitive cleanse to a deeper cleanse.  The Clarisonic Mia (a popular unit for travel that comes with an international charger) has one speed, while the Mia 2 has two speeds.  The Clarisonic PRO has four speeds to meet all skin cleansing needs.

Tips for the Clarisonic

  • We learned last night from the Clarisonic rep a secret that has to be shared! Your brush can do double duty for spot treatment. Pop out the center of the brush, snap it on the Clarisonic and use this smaller brush head for the area between the nose and the cheeks and the nose itself.
  • Clean your brush head with antibacterial soap at least once per week
  • Use a permanent marker to write the date on the back of the brush head and remember to replace the brush every three months
  • For those of you who like to use the Clarisonic on your back, there is a back handle now available that attaches to the Clarisonic Pro

At Evolutions Medical Spa we use the Clarisonic brush as part of our facial services. Dr. Perkins and our staff highly recommend incorporating the Clarisonic cleansing system into you skincare routine to maintain beautiful skin in between facial services.  The Clarisonic system and brush head replacements are available for purchase at Evolutions. 

Obagi Skin Care: Santa Barbara Medical Spa Highlight

At Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara we believe that the formula for great skin is comprised of a few parts, one of which includes routine medical spa services, such as facials, chemical peels and/or laser treatments, and the other part is having an effective at-home skin care program using products that have a high Obagi in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spatherapeutic value and an excellent reputation, such as Obagi. Obagi skin care products are popular because of the transformative effects they have and, as a result, they can be found in physicians offices around the globe.

Recently Obagi published a blog post that really resonated with us. They addressed putting your best face forward through the many stages of your life.  Here is an excerpt from their post:

  • Twenties – Time to get serious. This is an exciting time. Graduation. Your first real job. Investment clothing that suits your career. Everything about your life is more adult and maybe it’s time to take a more serious approach to skin care, too, by upgrading from everyday drugstore brands. Healthy skin starts with a plan and that plan begins with protection. Start with Obagi Professional-C Serums™. These Vitamin C serums deliver topical antioxidant benefits to help correct and protect your skin from signs of future damage and aging.
  • Thirties – Make it a habit. This is a nonstop, multitasking, multi-role time of life. You may be too busy to notice the effects of time on your skin, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t starting to show. A consistent daily skin care routine can be a key contributor to healthy, beautiful skin and helping to minimize future damage. Protect and help prevent your skin from showing the early signs of aging with the Obagi-C® Rx System.
  • Forties and Fifties – Facing new challenges. You have embraced who you’ve become and are comfortable in your own skin. Your goal is to look like the fabulous person you are today. Tackle the inevitable skin concerns that come from age with the Obagi Nu-Derm® System, the #1 physician-dispensed skin care system specially formulated to reveal healthy skin. And for those pesky crow’s feet, try the ELASTIderm® Eye Cream to help improve resilience and increase elasticity of the skin all around your eyes!
  • Sixties and beyond – Shining in your golden years. Just because you’re over 60 doesn’t mean you can’t be as beautiful and vibrant now as in your younger years. Even if you’ve been diligent with skin care on your face over the years, you may have neglected the skin on your neck and chest area, which tends to be thinner, less moisturized, and often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. The ELASTIderm® Décolletage System can help diminish the signs of aging and helps to restore healthy skin on your neck and chest. Your overall appearance now matches the grace and wisdom you’ve earned throughout your years.

Of course, no matter what your age, there are some skin care basics that are universal to help maintain healthy skin for life, such as washing your face every night and using sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. For a sheer, matte finish sunscreen, try our award-winning Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 for broad-spectrum protection.

Evolutions carries Obagi and other medical-grade skin care products that have been carefully selected by Dr. Perkins to bring you unparalleled home care. On your next visit, ask your clinician to create a customized home care regimen for you or schedule a complimentary skin care consultation by calling us at 805.687.0212.

Skin Care for Women in Their 50s and Beyond from a Santa Barbara Medical Spa Skin Expert

Enjoy skin care tips and suggestions for women in their 50s and beyond from our in-house skin care expert at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara.

Last week at the November Evolutions Event, the featured product was Radiesse, a dermal filler, designed to add volume to faces that have aged. The representative from Radiesse highlighted several reasons about why we age, including collagen loss. After sitting through the presentation, I had two thoughts – the first being that we are lucky to live in this day and super science-savvy age where the availability of products to “reverse” (or at least “freeze”) the signs of aging are in abundance and, second, that an article about skin care tips for women in their 50s and beyond would be a great follow-up to the Radiesse presentation.

As I mentioned before, the decline of collagen and elastin are one of the primary reasons that the face shows signs of aging and this can happen as young as 25. Through research, we have found that there are ways to stimulate the collagen, which helps to maintain younger, healthy-looking skin. Following these tips may not turn back the clock (for everyone), but certainly will give your skin a boost:
  1. Cleanse! Cleanse twice daily with a mild, rich and lathering foam cleanser.
  2. Protect your skin. Sun damage is another culprit in aging your skin and can often create uneven pigmentation as well. Use an SPF 30 (or higher) broad spectrum sunblock and one that creates a physical barrier is even better. A physical sunblock sits atop your skin and must have these two active ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (TIZO SPF 40).
  3. Moisturize with antioxidants (Revaleskin with CoffeeBerry extract) and or Pro-Niacian (Nia 24). Use on the face, hands, décolleté, and neck.
  4. Use a retinoid (such as Retin-A) two times per week. A retinoid helps to stop the breakdown of collagen after sun exposure and can increase the amount of new collagen formed (read more about this in an article from the NY Times).
  5. Treat yourself to a facial . . . on a regular basis (every 4 to 6 weeks is optimum). Aside from giving you an hour or more of alone time where you can relax and feel pampered, a comprehensive facial can clean and exfoliate your skin, moisturize, re-balance and re-hydrate your skin. All these factors encourage collagen production so that your facial “glow” may last longer than the day your receive the treatment!
The next set of tips are for those of you who want some “help” in truly turning back the clock! All of these procedures are non-invasive and can be done at Evolutions Medical Spa by cosmetic surgeon Dr. Perkins or one of his well-trained aesthetic nurses.
  1. Chemical peels and/or FotoFacials address skin irregularities and sun damage. Chemical peels are a great way to see results rapidly. FotoFacials are usually done in a series for best results.
  2. Dermal fillers (Radiesse, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane) are great to restore facial contours such as plumping cheekbones, raising eyebrows, filling in the nasolabial line between your nose and your outer lip.
  3. Botox or Dysport help relax forehead wrinkles. This treatment alone can take years off your face!
  4. Sublative Rejuvenation is great for skin resurfacing – addresses wrinkles and/or pigmentation issues – and encouraging collagen production.
  5. The Total Tightening procedure tones, tightens and lifts, fighting skin laxity to the maximum!
  6. Dr. Perkins’ Layered Liquid Lift is a non-surgical facelift, with little downtime, that can turn back the clock ten years! View a video of a patient getting the Layered Liquid Lift procedure.

Finally, if you are interested in permanent aesthetic facial rejuvenation (facelifts and more), Dr. Perkins performs cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara at Cosmetic Surgery Center in his own fully-accredited surgical suite.

We can’t help growing older, but we can keep ourselves looking young!


If you are interested or have questions about any of the skin care products mentioned, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation for any of our Santa Barbara medical spa services, contact Evolutions at 805.687.0212. If you would like to schedule a cosmetic surgery consultation with Dr. Perkins, contact Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000.