Wrinkle Treatments in Santa Barbara at Evolutions

Wrinkles are a reality for everyone. They develop earlier for some people or later depending on a combination of genetics, environmental factors and skin care. Wrinkles form because our skin’s ability to maintain moisture and elasticity decreases, which causes sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce – or sometimes eliminate – the appearance of wrinkles. Below is a brief description of wrinkle treatments options at our Santa Barbara Medical Spa. (Click on the treatment name to read more on our website.)

Botox / Dysport: Excellent for smoothing frown lines between brows, reducing forehead wrinkles and wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet). Typically lasts 3-4 months.

Dermal Fillers: Replace the natural volume of your skin to diminish wrinkles and folds. Fillers can also be used for facial contouring and enhancement of lips. Certain skin imperfections, like acne scars, can also be “filled” in. Results are instantaneous. Results last from 6 months to 18+ months, depending on the product used.

Skin Tightening: Non-invasive skin tightening (no surgery involved) helps to tighten existing collagen and stimulate new collagen production. Results are a firmer, “fresher” look. One procedure can make a difference, but results are optimal from a series of treatments.

Sculptra: A facial injectable filler that helps to replace lost collagen to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles. Results are seen gradually over 3 – 6 months and typically last over 2 years. Most people require 3 sessions of Sculptra.

Layered Liquid Lift: A unique protocol developed by Dr. Perkins layers a variety of injectable dermal fillers to fill wrinkles, restore fullness, and enhance facial contours. Treatment takes about 90 minutes, and the results are immediate and long lasting (usually 12 – 18 months).

Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair: A resurfacing procedure to improve the appearance of acne scars, textural irregularities, and tighten skin. The treatment has little to no downtime. The typical treatment plan is 4 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart but can differ depending on your skin’s condition.

Laser Genesis: Laser therapy treats conditions typically associated with premature signs of aging and sun damage – such as large pores, diffuse redness, uneven texture, and fine-line wrinkles. The treatment will also produce new collagen. On average, 4-6 treatments achieve optimal results.

Schedule a complimentary consultation today (805-695-2160) to discuss which wrinkle treatment is right for you. 

Dermal Fillers Event at Our Santa Barbara Medical Spa

Learn the FASTEST route to looking 10 years younger at our April event!

FILLERS 101

Wednesday, April 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Join us at our event to learn about fillers and see if they are right for you!

  • Dermal fillers (i.e., Restylane and Juvederm) contain naturally occurring substances in your body and are used to “fill wrinkles” (or any depression) in the skin.

  • They are also used to enhance other areas of the face (i.e., lips or cheeks).

  • Learn about the amazing Layered Liquid Lift. It is possible to take off 10 years in about 2 hours!

  • Learn about Sculptra, a unique product that stimulates your body to produce more collagen, with results that last 2 years or more.

  • See Dr. Perkins perform a live filler demonstration – a rare opportunity!

Restylane Filler in Santa Barbara at Evolutions

Attendees will receive $100 off each syringe purchased and the opportunity to enter in a raffle to win a free syringe of Restylane (a $525 value).

Seating is limited – call today (805-695-2160) to reserve your spot today. 

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Top Minimally-Invasive Procedures of 2017

In 2017 there were 15.7 million minimally-invasive procedures, according to a recent report published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Here are the top 10:

At our Santa Barbara medical spa, we offer new and innovative treatments to cover all skin types and a wide variety of problems. We know that clients go to a medical spa to see results! Dr. Perkins is constantly researching and evaluating the best and latest technology so that you can receive treatments that make a positive difference.

If you have skin concerns – including wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, aging skin, acne, or something else – we will work with you to find the solution that best meets your needs. (We also have wonderful day spa services – massage, facials, body treatments – to help you unwind and relax.)

Call us today (805-695-2160) to book a complimentary consultation or an appointment. 

Dysport, Restylane Rewards Program from ASPIRE

ASPIRE Rewards Program for Dysport, Restylane, SculptraWe encourage all of our clients who use Dysport, Restylane, and/or Sculptra to enroll in the the ASPIRE Galderma Rewards Program. This is a program – independent of Evolutions – that enables you to earn exclusive rewards, bonuses, and discounts simply by getting the treatments that you love or even trying new treatments!

  • Dysport, similar to Botox, is one of our most popular treatments. It smoothes and reduces the appearance of wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes for 3 to 4 months.
  • Restylane and Lyft are fillers that can correct moderate to severe wrinkles, replace lost volume, or enhance your look. Results are instantaneous and typically last 6 to 9 months or more.
  • Sculptra encourages collagen growth to add fullness and provide a firmer foundation for your skin. Results can last 2+ years.

Now is the perfect time to register! Enroll today (it’s easy and free!) and you will receive:

  • A $20 treatment certificate towards your next Dysport, Restylane, or Sculptra service. 
  • Access to expert information to help you learn more about your skin from a healthcare professional.
  • The ability to earn more points by referring friends and family to the ASPIRE program.

Once you join, we can look you up in our ASPIRE database to add points to your account at the time of your service. To redeem your certificate, you will need to be able to login to your account (on your mobile device) at Evolutions. It is recommended to keep your username and password handy (or memorized).


To enroll in the ASPIRE Galderma Rewards Program today, click here. 

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.

Santa Barbara Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk Filler Special

PERLANE IS NOW RESTYLANE LYFT 

Restylane Lyft Santa BarbaraMany of you are familiar with Perlane, which has been our most popular filler for many years. We are pleased to announce that Perlane has received FDA approval for correction of mid-face contour deficiencies.  This is the same area that Voluma is approved to treat.  Perlane is now the only filler approved to treat both the mid-face area and the nasolabial folds (the lines from the corner of the mouth to the nose).

With this approval, Galderma, the maker of Perlane, has changed the name of Perlane to Restylane Lyft.

Due to costs associated with receiving an additional FDA approval, Galderma has instituted a price increase on the new Restylane Lyft. Consequently, Evolutions will also be instituting a modest price increase ($25) as Perlane changes to Lyft. We placed an order just before the price increase, so our new pricing will not go into effect until September 1st. Call us and book before the end of the month to lock in old pricing.

INTRODUCING RESTYLANE SILK

Galderma also recently launched Restylane Silk, a filler designed specifically for the lips and lines around them.

Restylane Silk in Santa BarbaraSince this new filler was designed specifically for the lip area, it contains smoother particles so it can give a more natural-looking result. Restylane Silk is not just for those who want plumper lips. It also works extremely well to restore aging lips (those that have volume and/or shape loss and an increase in vertical lines above the lip). We have been working with Restylane Silk for a couple of months now and our clinical staff loves it. If you want natural-looking, full, soft, luscious lips, book an appointment to try Restylane Silk.

FILLER SPECIAL AT EVOLUTIONS

As part of the launches of Restylane Lyft and Restylane Silk, we have received a limited number of discount coupon codes from Galderma for clients who receive multiple syringes of Galderma filler (Restylane, Perlane/Lyft, or Silk).

Clients receiving 2 syringes will receive an instant rebate of $120 off! 

Clients receiving 3 syringes will receive an instant rebate of $180 off!

These rebates are in addition to the normal $200 off on second and third syringes, so it really is an amazing deal.

We only have 20 coupon codes available, so call now (805-695-2189) to take advantage of this amazing deal.

Please note that you must be in the Galderma Aspire program to receive the rebates. It is free and easy to sign up and those in the program will continue to get great rewards on all Galderma products (which also includes Dysport).
Click here to sign up for the Aspire Program

 

Santa Barbara Medical Spa on 2014 Stats for Botox, Fillers

Botox use is at the top of the charts, again! The American Society of Plastic Surgeons released their stats for cosmetic surgery and minimally-invasive procedures in 2014. Overall aesthetic procedures, such as those offered in our Santa Barbara medical spa, are on the rise. Here are the top 5 minimally-invasive treatments performed in 2014:

There were almost 14,000,000 minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures done in 2014. We believe that these treatments are so popular because they yield great results with little (or no) downtime and are affordable to most.

We always offer a complimentary consultation if you are interested in any of our Santa Barbara medical spa services. Schedule an appointment by calling 805-695-2189.

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).

Dermal Filler and Dysport Special at Evolutions Medical Spa

We’ve got a great special this month that can be coupled with a GiltCity.com offer that is too good to resist.  We highlighted both offers in our July newsletter, but would like to give a more thorough explanation of how the two can work together and also share it with those who may have missed our monthly newsletter.

The Evolutions July Special: Fillers & Dysport

Purchase 2 syringes of the dermal filler Restylane or Perlane and receive up to 60 units of Dysport for free! This offer is great for anyone wishing to get “full correction”.

  • Restylane or Perlane are dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid – a naturally-occurring substance in your skin – that are used to add volume and fullness to the skin that has been lost over time. Dermal fillers can correct moderate to severe wrinkles and folds such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds).  For more complete information on dermal fillers, please read our past blog post on fillers.
  • Dysport is very similar to Botox and used for temporarily smoothing forehead wrinkles and fine lines in the forehead area and around the eyes (crow’s feet).  For more complete information on Dysport, visit our Dysport webpage.

Please note the following details for this offer:

  • We have extended the time frame of our July special to overlap with the GiltCity.com offer.  Our July offer is good from now until August 4, 2012. This means you must purchase both syringes by August 4th.
  • We will accept GiltCity.com vouchers when you purchase your syringes (see below for more information on the GiltCity.com offer).
  • If you are too busy to come in, you are welcome to pre-pay over the phone by August 4th. The treatment can be done anytime, there is no expiration date. 

GiltCity.com Restylane and Perlane Offer

GiltCity.com is a website that offers “insider prices” (deals) for a limited time on “experiences” such as spa treatments, outings, salon services, and much more. GiltCity.com will soon be offering their members the chance to purchase vouchers, at a discount, that are redeemable towards your purchase of Restylane or Perlane at participating medical spas and doctor’s offices.

  • For $49, you will get a voucher worth $100 towards 1 ml (1 syringe) of Restylane or Perlane
  • For $149, you will get a voucher worth $300 towards 2 ml (2 syringes) of Restylane or Perlane
  • Limit of three vouchers per member, per offer (so you can purchase 3 $100 vouchers and 3 $300 vouchers if you wish).

Please note the following details for this offer:

  • This offer will be available on GiltCity.com starting July 30th to August 13, 2012.
  • To purchase, you must be a member of GiltCity.com.  Becoming a member is free and you can do this any time – even before July 30th.  Go to GiltCity.com to become a member (and choose “Los Angeles” as your city to have access to local deals).
  • Log on to GiltCity.com starting July 30th to search for the Restylane offer.
  • Note that the voucher may not be valid until 24 hours after purchase so don’t wait until August 4th to make your purchase!

Combining the July Special Offer and GiltCity.com’s Vouchers

To take advantage of our July Special, Fillers and free Dsyport, we suggest purchasing the vouchers when they first go on sale (July 30th) so you can plan to purchase your syringes at Evolutions by August 4th using the vouchers. The vouchers will be applied towards the purchase price but may not cover the entire price of the syringes.

You will be saving money on the syringes and getting free Dysport (up to 60 units).  A fantastic savings all around!

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Evolutions Event Recap: Dermal Fillers in Santa Barbara

Yesterday’s event at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara was a treat for everyone. Our rep from Medicis (the company who makes Restylane, Perlane, and Dysport) delivered a thorough overview on dermal fillers and answered many questions from the audience.  After the presentation, guests were invited to watch Dr. Perkins perform a dermal filler treatment so that they could witness the immediate effects that fillers have!

Here is a recap of the evening’s presentation:

What is Restylane?
Restylane is a dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in your skin that provides fullness and elasticity.  As we age, hyaluronic acid diminishes and the skin loses volume.  Hyaluronic acid recruits water to the skin to encourage fullness. Restylane, and Perlane (another dermal filler), are made from cross-linked hyaluronic acid so that it is not metabolized as fast as the hyaluronic acid that naturally occurs in the body and this gives clients a result that can last six months or more.

What can dermal fillers – Restylane and Perlane – do for me?
Restylane and Perlane can be used to to add volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.  Restylane can also be used for lip enhancement (for patients 21+ years). Restylane is a thinner product that is typically used for wrinkles, fine lines, and delicate areas. Perlane provides more structure and lift.  It is possible to use both products together. Which product you use is best determined by your clinician.  

Where can dermal fillers be used?
The areas treated by Restylane or Perlane are:

  • laugh lines
  • marionette lines
  • lipstick lines
  • corners of mouth
  • lips (Restylane only)
Restylane Filler Santa Barbara

 

How long do dermal fillers last for?
When you get a filler treatment, there is little to no downtime, and you will see results immediately.  Effects of the filler will last at least  six months. In a clinical study, 95% of patients who returned for a second treatment 4.5 to 9 months after initial treatment continued to see results for up to 18 months. For some patients, receiving a second treatment before the first treatment completely wears off is a better value because they may achieve the same results with less product. For instance, a patient who had 2 syringes done in the first treatment, may only need 1 syringe in the follow up. Of course this may vary by individual.

How safe are dermal fillers?
Restylane was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2005. It is composed of non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid which means there is limited risk of animal-based disease transmission or development of allergic reactions to the proteins.  No allergy testing is required before use.  It is fully biocompatible.  Restylane is used in over 70 countries worldwide.

Are there side effects to Restylane or Perlane?
Some people may experience swelling at the injection site, redness, pain, tenderness or bruising up to about seven days after treatment.  Side effects vary depending on the individual. Some people will have no side effects. Any bruising is usually easily able to be covered by make-up.

How do I prepare for my filler treatment?
It is suggested that you stop the following medications and supplements one week prior to treatment: St. John’s Wart, high doses of Vitamin E, aspirin, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen) as these may increase bruising or bleeding at the injection site.

Are there people that should not have a dermal filler treatment?
Treatment is not recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age, or have a bleeding disorder. If you suffer from cold sores, discuss this with the clinician before treatment.

I’d like to discuss this further before scheduling a treatment …
At Evolutions we always offer a complimentary consultation so that you may have your questions answered and feel confident in your decision.  Schedule a consultation by calling 805.687.0212 or completing our online consultation form.