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Relax and Rejuvenate in Santa Barbara at Evolutions

Summer is over and, for many of our clients, this means that the kids are back in school. After a busy summer filled with kids activities, vacations, beach and pool days, you deserve to take some time for yourself!

Indulge in one of our day spa treatments, such as a massage, a facial, an exfoliation treatment, or a super-relaxing body scrub or wrap. Relax in our dry sauna or peaceful tea lounge before or after you treatment.

Did your skin get a little over-exposed to the sun this summer? Now is a great time to address skin issues such as sun or “liver” spots, hyperpigmentation or uneven pigmentation. We have a variety of aesthetic medical spa treatments to address skin damage, and many medical-grade skincare products that will complement your procedure or start you on the path to healthier skin.

Perhaps it’s time to address wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging? We offer options such as Botox, Dysport, Skin Tightening treatments, Dermal Fillers (Restylane, Lyft, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra, Voluma),and Foto Facials. We also offer treatments for acne, hair removal, tattoo removal, vein removal, skin rejuvenation, and much more.

Request a complimentary consultation online or call us at (805) 695-2160 to schedule an appointment. We looking forward to working with you to achieve the results you desire!

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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.

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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).

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RADIESSE Dermal Filler at Santa Barbara Medical Spa’s “Injectable Week”

Evolutions Medical Spa‘s most popular event of the year is just around the corner! Injectable Week features “once a year” specials on all our injectables including Botox, Dysport, Perlane, Restylane, Juvederm, and Radiesse. Botox and Dysport relax muscles in the forehead region to smooth wrinkles while dermal fillers “fill” crevices, wrinkles, fine lines, and folds.  A common place to use a filler is in the nasolabial lines that are present from the nose to the corners of the mouth (see the before and after picture below) however fillers can be used anywhere that your face is lacking volume.

RADIESSE Before-and-After
RADIESSE used to fill the nasolabial lines.

There are dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid molecules that attract water to the area filled which results in a restoration of facial volume. These fillers are Perlane, Restylane, and Juvederm and they commonly last six months or more (depending on the person). Our clients who have used these fillers before have been very satisfied with their results.  There is another filler, RADIESSE, that we wanted to highlight because it has an added benefit that hyaluronic acid fillers do not have – Radiesse can stimulate the production of your own collagen (and has been clinically proven to do so)!

RADIESSE is an FDA-approved injectable filler that is composed of calcium-based microspheres. It acts as a scaffolding under the skin to provide instantaneous lift and fullness while stimulating your body’s own collagen production so that your skin looks better over time. In addition to the collagen production, Radiesse has been clinically proven to last a year or more in clients. Radiesse can be a very affordable wrinkle correction option because the time between touch-ups is longer and you may need less product on subsequent treatments. For instance, if you need 2 syringes of Radiesse at the initial treatment for full correction, you may need only 1 syringe on a follow-up treatment, which could take place one or one and half years later.

A Radiesse treatment is relatively short and comfortable. Radiesse is FDA approved to be mixed with an anesthetic (lidocaine) to significantly improve your comfort level during the procedure. There is no downtime after a Radiesse treatment although exercising after the treatment is not recommended (normal exercise can be resumed the next day). Swelling or bruising may occur and can be treated with an ice pack. Some people do not experience any swelling or bruising.

Popular treatment areas are shown below but Radiesse can be used in many other places, as determined by you and your clinician:

A great time to try Radiesse is during our Injectable Week where there will be savings and chances to win great raffle prizes during the entire week.

Injectable Week starts on Monday, November 26th and ends on Saturday, December 1st. Appointments book fast during this popular week so call today to get a spot – 805-687-0212!

 

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Dermal Fillers Provide Facial Volume and Facial Volume Matters!

Perlane Before and AfterWe often get asked what the difference is between “fillers” and Botox. Botox is a purified protein that is used to treat overactive muscles, temporarily relaxing them to smooth out the wrinkles. Botox is used in the upper face to most commonly treat (in order) the frown lines, crow’s feet, and the forehead. It can be used  in other areas of the face and in the neck, as well. Botox also effectively treats hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating – in the hands, feet, and armpits.

Dermal fillers are used to restore volume that is lost in the face as the aging process occurs. Dermal fillers are more commonly used in the lower face – in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, the nose, lips, pre and post-jowl, and the corners of the mouth. Fillers are also used in the brows, temporal and central forehead as well as around the eyes. Dermal fillers are temporary and last between six and twelve (or more) months depending on the brand of filler used. Prevelle Silk lasts the shortest amount of time and Radiesse generally lasts the longest.

Recently we ran across an article in NewBeauty.com that speaks about why facial volume matters and what can be done to restore fullness, either temporarily or permanently, to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. The article states that we begin to lose facial fat “as early as our 20s, and it’s a downhill slide” from there. It goes on to say that “facial fat deteriorates with age, but weight loss and hormonal changes can speed up the process” as well. When this happens, we are left with sunken cheeks, a down-turned mouth, hallow eyes and a soft jaw. Dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, Juvederm, Perlane, Restylane, or Prevelle Silk can help “fix” these problem areas by plumping the skin, creating more firmness and definition in the face.

Now is the time to try dermal fillers and see how they can change your look! Perlane and Restylane are both offering rebates on dermal filler treatments from now until March 31, 2012.

Rebate Offer: Save $40 per syringe of Restylane (2 syringe minimum) or $50 per syringe of Perlane. 

Schedule a complimentary consultation online or call Evolutions at 805.687.0212 to discuss which dermal filler would be best for your needs. Read the entire NewBeauty.com article here

 

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Medical Spa Event Recap: Radiesse Dermal Filler at Evolutions

Last night’s educational event at Evolutions Medical Spa highlighted the dermal filler Radiesse.  Greg, our representative from Radiesse, did a thorough presentation that explained what Radiesse is, how it is used, and who can use it. He also showed many impressive before-and-after pictures of Radiesse that illustrated what a difference Radiesse can make in someone’s face.

Read on for the complete recap of the Radiesse presentation:

What is Radiesse Wrinkle Filler?

Radiesse is an injectable filler that contains tiny calcium-based microspheres which are made of components similar to those found naturally in your body. Radiesse instantly restores fullness to smooth out signs of aging and has the beneficial side-effect of stimulating our own natural collagen! Results are instantaneous and may last one year or more and is a more affordable wrinkle correction for a broad range of patients.

Radiesse is the only calcium-based filler. Other dermal fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm, are made with hyaluronic acid and are not known to stimulate collagen.

What is Radiesse used for?

Radiesse has been approved by the FDA to be used to treat:

Why would I need Radiesse?

As we age, our nasolabial lines and marionette lines deepen, and our cheek and eye areas lose volume. Natural collagen begins to breakdown creating loss of elasticity and wrinkles. The lower face begins to take on more of a broad square shape as opposed to the upside down triangular shape of a youthful face. Radiesse wrinkle filler provides volume and lift needed to diminish the signs of aging for visible, long-lasting results.


What is the difference between Radiesse and anti-wrinkle treatments like Botox or Dysport?

Botox and Dysport are muscle relaxers that are typically used in the forehead area. Dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, are typically used in the lower part of the face (from the eyes to chin) to replace volume. We would not want to use Botox or Dysport in the lower part of the face because you wouldn’t want to stop the muscles from working in that area. Instead, a dermal filler would be used to replace the volume lost.


What is a Radiesse treatment like?

Now Radiesse can be mixed with an anesthetic (lidocaine) prior to injection to increase the comfort level. Clinical studies have shown that people felt a 60% reduction in pain level during injection. There is no downtime after a treatment. A person may want to use a cold pack to reduce swelling and the chance of bruising and any exercise after the treatment is not recommended (on the day of the treatment).  The day after treatment you can resume any exercise activity.


Who can use Radiesse?

Radiesse is ideal for a broad range of patients for instant correction of moderate to severe wrinkles. Those who should not use Radiesse wrinkle fillers are people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an active infection in the area to be treated.

If you would like to know how Radiesse, or other dermal fillers, can benefit you, please call Evolutions for a complimentary consultation at 805.687.0212.



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Santa Barbara Dermal Filler Event at Evolutions

Don’t miss out on this!! Evolutions Medical Spa and Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins will be hosting a “Look Radiant with Radiesse” event about dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can help a person “turn back the clock” and enhance their features (cheekbones!) by filling in wrinkles, and other depressions in the skin.

Dermal fillers contain naturally-occurring substances in your body. The results are instantaneous and can last for one year or more.

* BONUS! Watch Dr. Perkins do a live demonstration of Radiesse and see the results! *

The event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials including the pre-purchase of any dermal filler syringes at a great price.

Dermal Filler event details:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Evolutions Medical Spa at 1309 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212 to reserve your spot!

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Evolutions Medical Spa’s 5th Anniversary Event is a Success!

Evolutions Medical Spa, Santa Barbara’s largest medical spa, happily celebrated five years in Santa Barbara on Wednesday with 150 clients and friends! Owner and Medical Director, Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, and the staff of Evolutions welcomed guests at 4:00pm and were surprised to find a line down the street of people waiting before that! The first 50 guests received gift bags full of medical grade skin care products carried at the spa.

 

Guests enthusiastically participated in complimentary mini-treatments such as a Clarisonic Skin Care Treatment (Dr. Perkins #1 recommendation to boost your skin care routine at home), Vibraderm Exfoliation (a superior exfoliation system to microdermabrasion that leaves skin glowing), and mineral make up applications by Colorescience Pro

(high performance mineral make up that protects the skin from the sun and creates a flawless face). Refreshments, wine and beer were enjoyed while guests mingled with representatives from companies such as Obagi Medical Products, AFA and Neova skin care lines and VitaMedica nutraceuticals (products from these companies are all available at Evolutions). Representatives from Medicis, Cutera/Syneron, Radiesse and our newest service, hair restoration, were on hand to discuss the benefits of laser treatments, dermal filler injectables and hair re-growth.

Many people purchased medical spa services and skin care products at promotional prices, exclusive to this event only, and were given chances to spin a Prize Wheel. Prizes included a laser facial, teeth whitening treatment, $100 in product credit and more! Over $5000 in raffle prizes were given away too! Lucky winners walked away with dermal filler treatments (Radiesse, Perlane, Juvederm), gift packages from skin care lines DNA, Revale, AFA, Obagi, Nia, Clarisonic and gift sets from Revitalash, Latisse and VitaMedica.
For those who were curious about Botox / Dysport, the most popular Santa Barbara anti-wrinkle treatments, Dr. Perkins did two live demonstrations of Dysport injections. He also mingled with guests, offering information and answering (many!) questions about services and products.

 

Dr. Perkins and the staff of Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara wish to extend a Thank You to all of our clients and friends who have supported Evolutions throughout the years! We hope that you enjoyed celebrating our Anniversary Event as much as we did!
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Evolutions Medical Spa’s Event Recap: Radiesse Injectable Fillers for Wrinkle Treatment

Last night, Santa Barbara medical spa Evolutions hosted an event dedicated to injectable dermal fillers, highlighting the very popular wrinkle filler Radiesse

. We were excited to have our representative from Radiesse on hand to give a presentation and to answer questions afterwards.

 

Here is a recap from the presentation:

 

Definition of Youth!

 

A youthful face is generally broad across the cheeks that narrows below the cheek area.

 

Why does the face age?
    • Sun damage

 

    • Collagen loss

 

    • Thinning skin

 

    • The ligament that holds up the cheeks begins to stretch

 

  • Facial bone structure shrinks as we grow older

The face, as we age, can be compared to a deflating balloon. What you need to know is that it can be refilled – or volumized – with Radiesse, an injectable dermal filler.

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is made from very small molecules of calcium in a water-based gel. The beauty of this product is that Radiesse gives the gift of instant gratification! You will see results as soon as it is injected. Radiesse also stimulates growth of your natural collagen (which we lose as we age) and the results may last one year or more (the average is 12 to 13 months). It is a more affordable wrinkle correction because of the lasting longevity – that means less injections over a life time.

What is the difference between Radiesse and Botox?

Radiesse is a filler and can be injected into the nasolabial lines (those that go from your nose to your mouth), the lines around your mouth, your chin area, your eyebrow area (to lift the eyes), and your cheeks. Botox and Dsyport, which relax (or freeze) the muscle, typically are injected in the forehead area and into the frown lines between eyebrows.

What happens to Radiesse in your body?

Over time your body absorbs the calcium-based microspheres from Radiesse and leaves behind more natural collagen.

Is Radiesse safe?

Radiesse has been FDA-approved for cosmetic use since December 2006. Over 2 million syringes have been sold! Previous to 2006, Radiesse was used for medical reasons including as a filler for cranial facial defects, for patients with facial lipoatrophy and to address issues with vocal cords.

Do the injections hurt?

Radiesse has worked to enhance the patient’s comfort level by mixing lidocaine in with the product. Patients report that it has reduced the pain by 60% (and the reported pain level dropped from a 6.8 to a 2.8 out of 10). Also, many physicians, including Evolutions Medical Spa, will apply a topical anesthetic for additional patient comfort.

Other facts about Radiesse

    • There is little to no downtime after injections

 

    • There is no allergy testing because no one is allergic to the components in it

 

    • It is purchased by syringe (1.5cc is a full syringe) which often can provide full correction (but depends on the patient)

 

    • Do not use while pregnant or breastfeeding

 

  • On the day that the injections are done, it is recommended to refrain from exercising (to prevent bruising) and suntanning

Some of the more common side effects are:

    • Bruising

 

    • Swelling – possibly for up to two days

 

  • Redness – more likely with fair skin

 

Evolutions Medical Spa offers a complimentary consultation for Radiesse (or for any of our medical spa services). Book a Santa Barbara Radiesse consultation by calling 805.687.0212.

 

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Evolutions Medical Spa’s November Event: Dermal Fillers

Join us this Wednesday for a special presentation on Radiesse, an injectable dermal filler used for wrinkle reduction that instantly corrects wrinkles, lasts up to one year or more in many patients and stimulates natural collagen production to further your skin’s youthful appearance!

 

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins will perform a live demonstration of Radiesse on a patient – see instant results with your own eyes and pre-purchase syringes at the best price of the year!

 

And learn about how you can look great for the holidays at Evolutions Medical Spa’s Most Popular Week of the Year – “Injectable Week”. Mark your calendars! Injectable week is November 29th – December 4th.

 

Seating is limited, please RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212.

 

Details:

 

1309 State Street, Santa Barbara
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

The event will be fun, informative and there is no cost to attend.

 

RSVP 805.687.0212

 

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