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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

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Skin Resurfacing Event at Evolutions in Santa Barbara

Interested in Smoother, Clearer, Younger-Looking Skin in a Week?

Join us at our Skin Resurfacing 101 Event

Wednesday, July 27th
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Evolutions Medical & Day Spa Brighten Up Skin Event

At our event, you will learn about: 

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

Attendees will enjoy refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials at our event.

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

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Santa Barbara Medical Spa Featured Treatment: Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair

Smooth and youthful-looking skin can be yours with our new and improved medical spa treatment: Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair! Sublative Rejuvenation is one the of the best skin resurfacing procedures available and involves little to no pain and now includes DNA CryoStem Therapy to enhance your results.

Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair is clinically proven for ALL skin types and can effectively treat and improve:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles (mild to moderate)
  • Textural irregularities (such as acne scarring)
  • Sun damage and age spots
  • General tone, texture, and color of skin
  • Skin laxity (face and chest)

How does Sublative Rejuvenation work?
Sublative Skin Resurfacing Santa Barbara Medical SpaSublative Rejuvenation uses Radio Frequency (RF) energy that is applied to the skin to induce a skin “injury” in tiny matrix spots. The skin “injury” is bigger under the surface (like an inverted cone) than on the surface. This helps the skin heal faster. As the skin heals, levels of collagen will be increased and new healthy skin cells are produced.

How does DNA Repair enhance the treatment?
 Adding the DNA serum immediately after the skin resurfacing treatment supercharges the rejuvenation procedure because the CryoStem Therapy serum is packed with collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, DNA, RNA(I), fibroblasts, lipids, antioxidants, vitamins and embryonic bovine stem cells. These building blocks of the skin maximizes skin renewal. The DNA CryoStem Therapy consists of 100% natural, chemical and preservative free formulations.

Is there downtime with this skin resurfacing treatment?
There is no downtime with Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair. Clients may develop tiny scabs (smaller than a pin prick) from the matrix spots that are barely visible and can be covered with makeup. These usually slough off quickly.

Does the treatment hurt?
30 minutes prior to the treatment we apply a physician-strength topical numbing treatment. With the topical numbing, clients report little to no pain.

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How many treatments are recommended and when can I see results?
The total number of treatments depends upon your skin’s condition. Your Evolutions clinician can help determine what is right for you at your complimentary consultation. Typically, clients have 4 treatments, 4 to 6 weeks apart.

Results are noticeable within 1 to 2 weeks after the first treatment and are cumulative, therefore we encourage clients to stay on schedule with their treatments.

How much does Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair cost?
 Price can vary according to the number of total treatments and the areas treated. For the month of January, we are offering an Introductory Special of 25% off Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair Treatment and PackagesThe promotion is good until January 31, 2013 so call today to book your treatment or consultation at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara – 805-687-0212.

 

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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).

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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.

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Santa Barbara Sublative Rejuvenation – Skin Resurfacing – September Special

Rejuvenation_LogoEvolutions Medical Spa and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins are pleased to introduce Sublative Rejuvenation to the Tri-Counties. Sublative Rejuvenation is the newest fractional resurfacing technology on the market and is available exclusively at Evolutions. Fractional resurfacing can be used to effectively treat and improve:

  • Skin irregularities (i.e., acne scarring)
  • General tone, texture, and color of skin
  • Skin laxity (including the face and chest!)
  • Mild to moderate wrinkles
  • Sun damage, age spots, and other unwanted pigmentation

Sublative Rejvenation is safe to use on all skin types. Even better, it involves little to no pain! During our trial investigations, with the application of medical topical numbing cream 30 minutes prior to the procedure, most clients rated the discomfort level at a “2” or less on a scale of 1 to 10.

Sublative Rejuvenation Introductory Specials

Now through September 30th, 2010! Purchase a single Sublative Rejuvenation treatment before the end of the month for 50% off!

The first 5 approved clients who allow us to use their before and after pictures for marketing purposes will receive the rest of the full series (4 treatments in all) for 50% off. Everyone else will receive 25% off the price of the series.

Call Evolutions at 805.687.0212 to book your appointment or complimentary consultation to learn more about Sublative Rejuvenation.

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Sublative RF Skin Rejuvenation at Santa Barbara Medical Spa

servicesEvolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara is now offering Sublative RF™ Skin Rejuvenation – the newest fractional skin resurfacing device on the market! The Sublative RF replaces the Matrix RF because it is 30% more powerful and a more comfortable treatment. If you want to improve your skin tone, texture and color, Sublative Rejuvenation is the treatment for you!

What does the Sublative RF treat?

  • Mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scars, brown spots and textural irregularities.

Who can have this treatment?

How does the treatment work?

  • A bipolar radio-frequency penetrates through the top layer of the skin, sending energy beneath the skin which maximizes collagen production. This newest Sublative RF treatment sends energy in a wider area beneath the skin than the older Matrix RF treatment, thus making the treatment more effective.

What will my skin look like after treatment and is there downtime?

  • Immediately post treatment your face may be pink or red. The only visible “injury” to the skin that may develop the next day, and/or a few days following, are teeny-tiny spots (comparable to the size of a pin point) that will go virtually unnoticed and can easily be covered with a facial mineral powder. There is no downtime although we do recommend that you use a sunblock and keep your skin shielded from the sun for a few days.

How many treatments are recommended?

  • For optimum results, Evolutions usually recommends a series of three treatments, about four to six weeks apart, but this may vary by skin condition.
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Sublative RF Rejuvenation is exclusively offered in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties through Evolutions Medical Spa. Book a complimentary consultation for a Sublative RF Rejuvenation treatment by calling 805.687.0212.

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