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Evolutions Spa Voted Best Medical Spa by Santa Barbara Residents

and_the_winner_isEvolutions 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

revale logoLast 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 withcoffee berry 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. matrix_face

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.


Review of Evolutions Medical Spa Event Featuring DYSPORT

dysport joe linda carrieYesterday Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara held an exciting educational event introducing Dysport – the first real alternative to Botox. On hand was the Dysport representative (left in the picture) who held an informative presentation and question and answer period followed by a live demonstration by Dr. Terry Perkins of a patient receiving Dysport. In addition, attendees who purchased a Dysport treatment at the event received a special discount and one lucky raffle winner won a free treatment!

Key points that we learned about Dysport:

  • It is a form of botulinum toxin type A (and so is Botox)
  • The “onset” time is shorter than Botox, with patients seeing results as early as 24 – 36 hours after treatment
  • Dysport is FDA approved and has been used in Europe since the early 1990s
  • Dysport is measured in units that are different than Botox and it works out to be a better value than Botox
  • Dysport is commonly used to treat wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes and can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Dysport typically lasts three to four months
  • Dysport is injected with a small needle to specific areas – see live demonstration picture below:


Read more about Dsyport and Botox on Evolutions website. A Dysport treatment session usually lasts 30 minutes. Call Evolutions to book your appointment today – 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 Botoxwrinkle_treatment_home
  • 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

wrinkle treatment homeNow 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 Offers Financing for Services

carecreditcardDid you know that financing is available through CareCredit for any, or all, of your procedures at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara? Once approved, you can use your CareCredit card for procedures at over 90,000 participating health care practices including Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara. Learn more about CareCredit here.


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:



skin-careCLEANSERS 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!

THIS WEDNESDAY: “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event at Evolutions Medical Spa

Reminder from Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbarathis Wednesday, June 17th – is our “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event!

Please join Dr. Perkins and representatives from top skin care lines such as Clarisonic, Revaleskin, Colorescience and Nia24, for an open house event, to learn the importance of a comprehensive home care regimen.

Mini treatments & make-up application available complimentary. Raffles and Exclusive gorgeous skindiscounts just for attendees.

Evolutions Medical Spa. 1309 State Street, Santa Barbara.
Wednesday, June 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30
This is a free event. Refreshments will be served. Please call to RSVP 687.0212.

Santa Barbara Evolutions Medical Spa “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event: Featured Product Nia24

On Wednesday, June 17th, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara is hosting a “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” event. Representatives from top skin care lines will be on hand to discuss a comprehensive home care regimen. Over the next few days, the Evolutions blog will be highlighting products that can become part of your home care skin regimen.


NIA24 Skin Therapy


Nia24 – Niacin-powered skin therapy – is based on 25+ years of biomedical research. A patented Niacin molecule is the main ingredient in Nia24 where it helps to stimulate DNA repair and build the skin barrier from the inside out. Nia24 is popular among celebrities such as Jennifer Garner, Renee Zellweger, Debra Messing and Marcia Cross – all known for their gorgeous, flawless skin.


Come to Evolutions Crazy Gorgeous Skin event for a chance to win a gift basket from Nia24! Nia24 skin therapy also available at Evolutions and on our eStore.


>> Read more about the Crazy Gorgeous Skin Care event here <<
Don’t forget to RSVP to Evolutions Medical Spa at 687.0212!