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November Special on Radiesse Cellulite Treatment at New Look New Life

Manhattan woman holds orange peel to thigh indicating cellulite treatmentCellulite is a frustrating skin concern that plagues between 80 and 90 percent of women. This unsightly dimpling of the skin affects those of any age and body type and successful treatments were once hard to come by—Radiesse®, a dermal filler made of Calcium Hydroxylapatite, offers long-lasting relief from cellulite by enhancing the quality and firmness of the overlying skin. At New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts, we’re offering Radiesse for cellulite treatment as our November special so that you can achieve smooth skin in time for the winter holidays.  More »

Doing More with Forever Young BBL™ – Rejuvenate Your Neck, Chest, & Hands

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When we think about skin-rejuvenation treatments that encourage younger, healthier-looking skin, we tend to focus on the complexion of our face. Yet, as many of our New York City patients know all too well, the wear and tear of their aging skin is not exclusive to their faces. The neck, chest, arms, and hands are also susceptible to the unfortunate effects of aging. More »

Hand Rejuvenation

Treatment for Aging Hands in NYC

When it comes to lines and wrinkles showing up on our faces, many are quick to react and turn back the clock with treatments like Botox, Juvéderm, or even a facelift. However, the hands are often forgotten about until you look down and realize they are giving away your age. With hand rejuvenation at New Look New Life, we are able to restore volume and achieve the full and youthful hands you desire.

What is hand rejuvenation?

Hand rejuvenation can be either a surgical or non-surgical procedure personalized to help restore a youthful appearance of the hands. This can be done through several different methods, including injectable fillers, fat grafting, laser treatment, vein treatment, and more.

Should I consider hand rejuvenation?

Anyone who is self-conscious or embarrassed by signs of aging, visible veins, or spots on their hands may benefit from a personalized hand rejuvenation procedure at New Look New Life. Our team of trained doctors and plastic surgeons will carefully take a look at your hands and listen to your expectations in order to create a completely unique treatment plan for you.

Our hand rejuvenation procedures can be used to address various aesthetic hand concerns, such as:

  • A loss of volume
  • Visible veins
  • Dark spots or sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

When can I schedule a hand rejuvenation procedure?

Before you schedule your hand treatment, you will have a one on one consultation with one of our certified doctors at New Look New Life. Together, the two of you will determine which methods of hand rejuvenation will be best for achieving your personal aesthetic goals. The treatments involved in your hand rejuvenation may be non-surgical, surgical, or a combination of both.

How should I prepare for my hand rejuvenation?

We will go through any pre-treatment steps with you prior to your hand rejuvenation. Each hand rejuvenation treatment will be different from patient to patient.

How is hand rejuvenation performed?

The method of hand rejuvenation used for your procedure will be based on the current state of your hands, your desired outcome, and your discussion with your New York plastic surgeon. Your treatment may include one or more of the following:

Injectable Fillers: Used to restore volume in the hands to improve the appearance of veiny/bony hands.

Fat Grafting: Used as a more permanent method of volume restoration, fat grafting takes fat cells from other areas of the body to achieve a fuller and more youthful appearance of the hands.

Laser Resurfacing/Clear and Brilliant: These non-surgical laser treatments can be used to eliminate signs of aging or sun spots from the hands.

Ultherapy: Ultherapy is a non-surgical ultrasound treatment that can be used to tighten the skin of your hands.

Asclera: This non-surgical injection therapy (sclerotherapy) can be used to remove unsightly superficial veins on your hands.

PRP Injections: These non-surgical injections of your own blood cells help to stimulate collagen for younger-looking hands.

What is hand rejuvenation recovery like?

Recovery from your hand rejuvenation procedure will depend on the treatments performed. Many patients undergo only non-surgical procedures and are able to return to their daily routines within 1-2 days.

What are the risks of hand rejuvenation?

The risks involved in your hand rejuvenation will depend on the individual treatments performed.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s cell phone immediately.

How long will my arm lift results last?

Depending on the treatments involved in your hand rejuvenation, you may begin seeing results as soon as your procedure is completed. While treatments such as fillers or fat grafting will often provide immediate benefits, others—such as Ultherapy or Asclera—may take some time before final results are noticeable. Many treatments will provide you with long-lasting results, but if you notice the signs of aging return as you get older, you may choose to return for additional touch-up treatments.

Tummy Tuck

Abdominal Contouring in NYC

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Diet and exercise can help you shed pounds after excessive weight gain or pregnancy, but there’s very little you can do to rid yourself of loose, sagging skin in the abdomen. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, can get rid of that excess skin and repositions stretched out abdominal muscles to give you a smooth body contour. While some laser treatments may help tighten the skin in certain areas, the tummy tuck is the best way to address your cosmetic concerns and give you a slimmer, natural-looking midsection.

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, please contact New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts today at (855) 329-1482 to schedule your consultation at our Manhattan, New York office. Our cosmetic surgeon is triple board-certified and specializes in this body contouring procedure.

You have multiple options for tummy tucks at our New York boutique cosmetic surgery practice, and Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini can answer all of your questions during your initial consultation. Some of the tummy tuck details you should know include:

What is a Tummy Tuck?

The abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that addresses loose, sagging skin and excess fat in the abdomen. This often occurs after pregnancy and weight gain. When you lose that weight, your skin may lack the elasticity to shrink with your figure, so despite reaching your goal weight, your body shape may not reflect all of your hard work with diet and exercise. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini corrects weakened abdominal muscles and sagging skin and may remove unwanted fat from the belly region with liposuction as well.

There are multiple benefits of a tummy tuck such as:

  • Slim and tone the abdomen
  • Excise excess, loose skin
  • Eliminate fat from the stomach
  • Address an overhanging stomach
  • Reduce a protruding belly

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What is a Mini Tummy Tuck?

A mini-abdominoplasty can give you a flatter, smoother stomach—the same slimming results as a traditional tummy tuck—with half the downtime, price, and scarring. The mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower abdomen beneath the belly button, where many women struggle with stretch marks and loose skin after childbirth.

This procedure requires only local anesthetic, which reduces the risks and complications associated with going under general anesthesia and involves a smaller incision and faster recovery than its counterpart. The mini tummy tuck is an excellent option for busy moms who want a faster, easier, and a more affordable way to eliminate frustrating, sagging abdominal skin after pregnancy.

You may also consider incorporating liposuction or Lunchtime Lipo for additional fat removal and contouring, which can be combined with your mini-abdominoplasty.

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Tummy Tuck Candidates

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini recommends the abdominoplasty procedure for patients who have midsections that have become resistant to diet and exercise. The mini tummy tuck is recommended for those with excess skin that is only below the belly button. It’s important you be in good overall health and prepared to have a surgical procedure. If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to quit before your tummy tuck through the recovery process.

Some patients who come into New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts in Manhattan looking for a tummy tuck may benefit more from another procedure or cosmetic treatment such as the mini-abdominoplasty or liposuction for those with very minimal loose skin. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini won’t recommend a cosmetic surgery unless she believes it’s the right fit for you, your body, and your safety.

Our patients love their new, flat abdomens. Read stories from real patients.

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Preparing for a Tummy Tuck

There are several ways you can prepare yourself and your home for your tummy tuck recovery such as making and freezing nutritious meals ahead of time and arranging for help around the house and with children so you can focus on healing. You will need a ride home after the procedure and should plan to dress in comfortable clothing. The mini tummy tuck doesn’t require general anesthesia, but you will still need someone available to drive you home and wear loose clothing.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will provide a full overview of surgery and anesthesia preparation, including the elimination of smoking, blood-thinning medications, and NSAIDs such as Advil or ibuprofen, Aleve, or aspirin two weeks before and after surgery.

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The Abdominoplasty Procedure

The full tummy tuck requires you go under general anesthesia. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will make an incision that stretches from hip to hip, paying close attention to placement to ensure future scarring will be concealed below your bathing suit line. The procedure requires another incision around your belly button to aid in muscle repositioning.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s technique focuses on trimming loose skin, removing excess fat, and tightening separated abdominal muscles. She may also treat fat in the stomach and sides, or “love handles” with liposuction to deliver a beautiful body contour.

This cosmetic surgery doesn’t require an overnight stay — just a few short hours in our relaxing recovery room. Complications are rare after a tummy tuck, but can include visible scarring, bleeding, infection, or wound separation. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini gives out her personal phone number to patients to stay in touch during recovery so that patients can contact our cosmetic surgeon immediately concerning healing or unusual symptoms.

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The Mini Tummy Tuck Procedure

With the mini tummy tuck, you get the same slimming benefits of the traditional tummy tuck with a less invasive procedure that requires less downtime. During your mini tummy tuck, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will use only local anesthesia to numb your abdomen and make a much smaller incision (similar to the scar from a C-section) than is needed for the traditional abdominoplasty. She will remove the loose, excess skin from your lower stomach and leave your belly button intact for natural-looking results. Liposuction may be needed for fat removal and further contouring.

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Tummy Tuck Recovery & Results

The full tummy tuck requires you to take one week off from work to focus on the recovery process and avoid putting unnecessary strain on your body. Muscle tightness and discomfort will continue for several weeks. Some patients experience a reduced appetite due to the new abdominal tightness, which can further your tummy tuck results by aiding weight loss. It’s not uncommon for our abdominoplasty patients to experience additional weight loss of 10-35 pounds in the months following the procedure.  

You’ll notice a flatter stomach right after the traditional tummy tuck surgery and an immediate change in the way your clothes fit. Part of your recovery could involve shopping for a new wardrobe to fit your slimmer figure. Take care of your investment by maintaining a healthy weight to enjoy your beautiful new figure indefinitely.

The recovery after a mini tummy tuck is shorter. Most of our Manhattan patients can return to work and their regular schedule in less than a week. You will feel some discomfort and tightness in your abdomen, and it’s essential to rest at home for a few days. As the mini-abdominoplasty only uses local anesthesia, you’ll be back on your feet quickly. Mini tummy tuck results can be seen immediately—Clothing will fit better, and you’ll be thrilled to see your smoother, tighter midsection.

View our Before and After Gallery for Tummy Tuck Results.

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Cost and Financing for Your Tummy Tuck

At New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts, the full tummy tuck procedure starts as low as $8,500. You’ll be given a detailed quote after your consultation when we’ve discussed your body goals. This expense includes the cosmetic surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility, and operating room fees, recovery garments, and all follow-up appointments. We offer financing information on how to pay for your tummy tuck in Manhattan.

The mini tummy tuck at our cosmetic surgery practice starts as low as $5,000, which is a reasonably competitive price in the New York area.

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Schedule Your Tummy Tuck Consultation in Manhattan

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon whose education, training, and passion for the field has led her to offer an accredited New York Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship program. She’s been featured in the media countless times including The New York Times and Beauty World News. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and our Rhinoplasty Specialist, Dr. Nease, take pride in offering the latest techniques and treatments to our Manhattan patients.

If you’re interested in a tummy tuck, please contact New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts in Manhattan today at (855) 329-1482 to schedule your consultation. We provide cosmetic surgery and medical spa treatments to patients in surrounding NYC areas.

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Brazilian Butt Lift

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Squats and stair-step workouts can help you tone your lower body, but there are limits as to what exercise can accomplish for your backside due to age and genetics. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a widely popular cosmetic surgery that can give you that curvy shape you desire while also eliminating unwanted fat.

If you’re unhappy with the size and shape of your buttocks, contact New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts in Manhattan today at (855) 329-1482 to schedule your consultation and see if the Brazilian Butt Lift is right for you. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who understands what it means to feel comfortable with your feminine silhouette.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

This body contouring surgery is unique from other buttock procedures as it uses your own body fat to contour the area instead of a gluteal implant. The fat grafting or fat transfer method allows for less recovery time and ensures natural-looking results. The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is an ideal option for anyone unhappy with their buttock contour. Many of our Manhattan patients want the BBL to address body changes from age, pregnancy, or weight loss.

The BBL procedure begins with removing unwanted fat using liposuction from troublesome areas such as the “love handles,” thighs, hips, or arms. That fat is repurposed and processed using a centrifuge to provide rounder, perkier buttocks. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will inject the cleaned fat cells into your buttocks to give the size and shape discussed during your consultation. The Brazilian Butt Lift takes between two and four hours to complete and varies based on how much enhancement is needed and from where the fat cells are removed.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini can answer your BBL questions during your consultation. She will not recommend cosmetic surgery or treatment unless it’s the best way to reach your aesthetic goals safely and effectively. Our surgery team will do their best to fit your procedure into your busy schedule, which should be done at least one or two months before a big event or vacation.

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery and Results

The BBL recovery period is crucial to your final results because proper care and following Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s instructions will provide maximum fat survival. This is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home shortly after your Brazilian Butt Lift, but you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini recommends taking one week off of work to focus on healing. You can resume light physical activity such as walking right away for faster recovery.

As with any surgical procedure, there’s a rare risk of bleeding, infection, or fat absorption. That’s why Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini provides patients with her personal cell phone number so she can be notified right away in case there’s a complication or urgent question.

You will notice your buttocks are fuller and curvier immediately after your Brazilian Butt Lift. These initial results may be shapelier than you intended, but this is because of swelling and the fact that your body will naturally absorb some of the transferred fat cells. Because liposuction is used to collect the fat, you’ll notice a slimmer contour in that body area. Your final BBL results will settle in approximately two or three months after your procedure. These results are long-lasting if you stick to a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise.

View Brazilian Butt Lift Results from Real Patients at New Look New Life in Manhattan

How Much Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?

The BBL procedure at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts starts as low as $9,000, but you will receive a detailed quote during your consultation. That figure includes fees for Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini, anesthesia, facility and operating room, compression garments, and all follow-up visits to our Manhattan office. We offer financing information on how to pay for your Brazilian Butt Lift.

Schedule Your Brazilian Butt Lift Consultation in Manhattan

If you’re interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift or have questions about cosmetic surgery, please contact Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini in Manhattan today at (855) 329-1482 to schedule your initial consultation. New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts serves clients in Manhattan, New York, and nearby NYC areas.

Body Lift

Body Contouring After Weight Loss in NYC

Losing a large amount of weight should be an exciting and positive experience, but if you’re stuck with large amounts of excess skin afterward, it doesn’t always feel that way. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is a New York cosmetic surgeon who understands the end goal of patients who have lost a large amount of weight–and it is not to be stuck with sagging skin. With a body lift, our team can help add the finishing touches to your newly slimmer body, providing you with well-toned and natural looking contours that complement your healthy new lifestyle.

What is a body lift?

A full body lift is a comprehensive procedure that addresses excess tissue and fat in patients who have lost extreme amounts of weight, especially those who have undergone bariatric or gastric bypass surgery. For these men and women, exercise cannot eliminate the larger amounts of excess skin that has lost its elasticity.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini customizes each body lift procedure to the patient and their unique needs for improvements of the abdomen, buttocks, back, and thighs.

Am I a good candidate for a body lift?

Massive weight loss is an amazing accomplishment that should be rewarded with not only a healthier life but also a more confident outlook. For many, the excess skin that remains after weight loss restricts movement, comfortable dressing and prevents complete enjoyment of the weight loss. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini recommends that patients maintain their weight loss for a minimum of six months to a year prior to choosing body lift surgery.

At New Look New Life, we pride ourselves on tailoring the safest and most effective cosmetic treatments to each individual patient. Drawing on Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini general surgery background, she will often recommend that patients undergo body lift procedures in two or more stages. Anesthesia risks are reduced, recovery is more manageable, and the cost is more effective.

How soon can I schedule my body lift?

Our New York cosmetic surgeon is skilled in safely performing body lift procedures with the most natural and appealing results. However, the decision to have body lift surgery should not be taken lightly. Following a thorough consultation with you and your physician, as well as medical clearance, our staff will schedule the various phases of your body lift.

When will I see the results of my body lift?

Whether performed as a total procedure or staged in sections, body lift results are immediate and significant. As with most cosmetic procedures, your enhanced body will continue to improve throughout the healing process.

How are body lifts performed?

If you choose to stage your body lift, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will likely perform your lower body lift separate from your upper body lift. Your lower body lift will likely include a tummy tuck, thigh lifts, and a butt lift or buttocks enhancement. Your upper body lift will include a chest or breast lift, back lift, and arm lifts. Dr. Karlinksy will skillfully make as few incisions as possible, removing excess fat and skin as is suitable for your body. Her dedication to natural contouring and appropriate size reduction will give you the slender, tighter appearance you desire.  

A total body lift is a comprehensive surgical procedure performed in a hospital setting. Patients who undergo total body lift surgery will spend a few days recovering in the hospital prior to returning home to rest.

Do I have to stay overnight after my body lift?

For patients who choose to stage their body lift procedures, an overnight stay is not required as your New York cosmetic surgeon will perform the body lifts at one of our surgical centers in Manhattan. If you choose to have a total body lift, then you will require overnight hospital stays.

How long does body lift recovery take?

Body lift recovery requires 1-2 weeks if done in stages. A total body lift requires a significant amount of additional rest and recovery time.

Does a body lift have any risks?

While our cosmetic surgery team is very experienced in body lift procedures, surgical complications could include an adverse reaction to anesthesia, blood clots, infection, or bleeding. Proper adherence to recovery guidelines is important to prevent wound separation or the need for additional wound care.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s cell phone immediately.

How long will my body lift results last?

Body lifts yield drastic skin reduction results that are long-lasting. As the body naturally ages, some skin elasticity will be lost. However, maintaining a consistent weight will preserve your body lift results indefinitely.

How much can I expect to pay for a body lift?

Once you determine how your body lift procedures will be staged, we will outline all detailed expenses.

What are patients saying after body lifts?

Body lift results can be life-changing. See what Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s patients are saying about her surgical expertise and their new and improved bodies

What are the alternatives to body lifts?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will listen to your body goals and present you with a range of cosmetic procedures that might be right for you. She will give you a thorough understanding of your options that might include liposuction, Lunchtime Lipo, tummy tuck, thigh lift or arm lift, breast reduction, facelift or neck lift, or other body and facial procedures.

Thigh Lift

Thigh Contouring in NYC

The excess skin left around your thighs after losing a large amount of weight will not go away on its own. Unfortunately, because of this, many men and women struggle to cover up or hide their legs even after the huge accomplishment of losing the weight. Our team feels that losing a large amount of weight and living a healthy lifestyle should be rewarded, not met with yet another problem. With a customized thigh lift procedure, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini can help to treat the excess skin and provide you with the slim and sexy legs you deserve.

What is a thigh lift?

Cosmetic thigh lifts take care of excess skin from the upper thigh and eliminate the appearance of sagging thighs or loose skin of the thighs and knees. At New Look New Life, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini incorporates liposuction with thigh lifts for optimal slimming results.

Is a thigh lift right for me?

Thigh lifts (or leg lifts) are safe and effective when you’re in Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s skilled hands. Older women often desire the smoother, tighter appearance that comes from a lower body lift or inner thigh lift.

Patients who have achieved extreme weight loss often have excess skin that is beyond natural tightening. Thigh lift surgery helps these patients enjoy the full benefits of their successful weight loss.

How soon can I schedule my thigh lift?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will conduct a thorough consultation and evaluation of your medical condition. Once it is determined that a thigh lift will help you safely and effectively reach your body goals, the procedure will be scheduled at your convenience.

When will I see the results of my thigh lift?

Your new, slimmer thighs will be evident immediately after surgery. During the days that follow, you will enjoy even more satisfaction as your body heals and swelling subsides.

How should I prepare for my thigh lift?

Medications such as NSAIDs, Advil® or ibuprofen, Aleve®, and blood thinners must be discontinued prior to surgery. Smokers will be required to quit two weeks before and after surgery. If you are a gastric bypass patient, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will consult with your physician to ensure surgery and recovery needs are safely met. You should not eat or drink on the day of surgery, and you will be most comfortable in loose-fitting clothing.

How is a thigh lift performed?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s thigh lift expertise yields excellent results in both image and recovery results. Depending on the amount of fat and excess skin to be treated, she will perform either a medial thigh lift or a vertical thigh lift. Your New York cosmetic surgeon will thoroughly review all components of your procedure with you during the initial consultation and will perform the entire procedure herself from start to finish.

How long does a thigh lift take?

Thigh lift procedures take approximately 2-4 hours to complete.

Do I have to stay overnight after my thigh lift?

No, thigh lifts do not require an overnight stay.

What can I expect for thigh lift recovery?

Recovery from thigh lifts is somewhat lengthier than other cosmetic procedures. While you will walk out of surgery on your own, you will need a ride home and are likely to require assistance at home during your initial recovery period. Discomfort and soreness may last a week or more as you heal and your skin takes its new, slimmer shape.

Bed rest is not recommended after the procedure – in fact, walking will aid in your recovery. For optimal healing and comfort, our team recommends that you take two weeks off from work. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks.

After the thigh lift procedure, you will have two scars along the tops of your inner thighs. After healing, most patients find that these scars are very well-hidden by underwear and bathing suits.

Are there any risks with thigh lifts?

While thigh lifts are very safe, surgical complications could include infection, bleeding, or poor scarring.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s cell phone immediately.

Are thigh lift results permanent?

Results usually vary by patient, and thigh lift and liposuction results are pretty long lasting. You will enjoy the benefits of your procedure long into the future as long as you eat well and exercise regularly. However, the skin will naturally lose some elasticity over time and you may notice slight loosening as you age.

How much does a thigh lift cost?

At New Look New Life, thigh lift surgery starts as low as $8,500. You will be given a detailed quote during your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini. The cost of your thigh lift will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility and operating room fees, required garments, and all of your follow-up visits. Click here for information on how to pay for your thigh lift in New York.

What are patients saying after thigh lifts?

Our thigh lift surgery produces very positive and pleasing results. Women enjoy their slimmer and more-shapely thighs, especially in summer months. They often remark on the improved fit of their clothing as well. First-hand accounts from Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s patients are available here.

What are the alternatives to thigh lifts?

Patients who simply wish to reduce the size of their thighs without the need for excess skin removal may opt for liposuction of the thighs instead. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will thoroughly discuss your options and goals with you and make a recommendation that’s right for you.

Arm Lift

Upper Arm Contouring in NYC

Losing a large amount of weight only to be left with loose, sagging skin is an extremely frustrating situation for all-too-many men and women. Excess skin hanging off your arms can be just as—if not more—uncomfortable as the fat you’ve already shed. As a body contouring specialist, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini can help to tighten and reshape the natural contours of your arms with an arm lift procedure.

What is an arm lift?

An arm lift, upper arm lift, or brachioplasty is a cosmetic procedure that treat excess skin and fat from the upper arm. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini specializes in the safe, surgical treatment of loose skin from the upper arm and also integrates liposuction as needed to address excess arm fat during the skin lift.

Should I have an arm lift?

Many women have a collection of fat in their upper arms that is resistant to toning exercises, which prevents them from feeling confident in sleeveless clothing. Additionally, men and women who have lost significant weight are left with large amounts of excess upper arm skin that limits their ability to find comfortable clothing.

Brachioplasty is an effective and safe remedy for patients whose excess arm skin or fat constricts or impairs their daily functions and harms body image.

When can I schedule an arm lift?

Following your medical clearance and comprehensive consultation at New Look New Life, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and her staff will coordinate your arm lift procedure to fit your schedule.

Will I see instant results after the arm lift procedure?

The results of Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s slimming upper arm lift are immediate and you will continue to enjoy improvements as your skin heals and adheres to the new shape of your arms. Patients are extremely pleased with the drastic, yet natural-looking reduction in arm size.

How should I prepare for my arm lift?

You will be advised to discontinue blood-thinning medication, NSAIDs, Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve® for two weeks before and after surgery. You will also be required to quit smoking for this time period. If you are a gastric bypass patient, you will be given additional nutrition and supplement counseling to prepare your body for surgery and recovery. As the procedure is done under general anesthesia, you should not eat or drink the morning of your arm lift.

Patients who choose arm lift surgery will see a drastic improvement in the size of their arms; however, it is important to understand that an upper arm-length scar will remain. Despite Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s skill and precision, constant arm movement prevents the body from scar-free healing in this area. For many of Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s patients, the increased confidence and ease of dressing make this a worthwhile trade-off. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will draw the intended incision on your arm during your consultation, allowing you to return home and consider how you will feel about the scar.

How are arm lifts performed by Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini performs arm lifts at her Manhattan surgical center. You will be under general anesthesia and Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will conduct the entire surgery herself from beginning to end. She will make an incision under your arm lengthwise from elbow to armpit. If necessary, liposuction will be performed to take care of extra fat from the area. At the same time, she will work on excess, hanging skin and reattach the incision to create a lifting effect.

How long do is an arm lifts procedure?

The arm lift procedure takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

Does an arm lift require an overnight stay?

An overnight stay is not needed with an arm lift, though you will remain in the surgical center for a few hours of comfortable recovery after the procedure. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you after surgery.

What is arm lift recovery like?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s patients heal very well from arm lift surgery, though you will naturally experience limited and uncomfortable use of your arms in the days following. You will want to rest at home while the short-term period of pain and discomfort pass.

Those who work at a desk will be able to return to the office one week after surgery. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise will be limited for a longer period of time.

What are the risks of an arm lift?

Beyond the typical considerations of general anesthesia, arm lift patients could experience rare complications such as bleeding, clots, and infection. Scarring will occur and Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will discuss it with you in detail prior to the procedure. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is dedicated to the precise and safe treatment of excess upper arm skin.

Patients experiencing any unusual or concerning symptoms are advised to call Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s cell phone immediately.

How long will my arm lift results last?

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s slimming arm lift results are long-lasting (*), provided you maintain an appropriate fitness level and a healthy diet. Through the natural aging process, skin elasticity weakens and you may notice slight loosening in the arms over many years.

How much does an arm lift cost?

At New Look New Life, arm lift surgery starts as low as $8,500. You will be given a detailed quote during your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini. The cost of your arm lift will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility and operating room fees, required garments, and all of your follow-up visits with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini. Click here for information on how to pay for your arm lift in New York.

What are Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s patients saying after arm lifts?

Patient satisfaction is extremely high after Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini’s arm lift surgeries. Particularly for patients who are reshaping their bodies after extreme weight loss, the increased mobility and confidence of slimmer arms is life changing.

For a look at Dr. Karlinsky-Bellinis’s patient feedback click here.

What are the alternatives to arm lifts?

Patients with minimal extra fat in the upper arm may benefit from the more subtle enhancements of liposuction or Lunchtime Lipo alone.


Fat Reduction in NYC

We exercise, opt for salads over burgers, and avoid over-indulging in sweets to achieve a slim, healthy body, but even with diet and exercise, there are stubborn fatty areas that won’t go away. When it comes to losing unresponsive subcutaneous fat, liposuction is a safe and effective option for New York men and women. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini views liposuction as a means for healthy individuals to refine and sculpt their bodies to match their active lifestyle.

If you struggle with stubborn areas of fat, please contact New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts in Manhattan today at (855) 329-1482 to schedule your consultation. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is a triple-board-certified cosmetic surgeon who’s helped countless men and women achieve their ideal body contour through liposuction.

At New Look New Life, our patients have many liposuction options. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will discuss the ins and outs of your procedure and answer your questions during your consultation, which can include:

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes unwanted fat from one or more areas. This cosmetic surgery safely eliminates stubborn fat from the body and face that is resistant to size reduction and toning from diet and exercise. Lipo isn’t a quick fix procedure but a successful contouring method that re-contours problem areas including the thighs, hips, arms, and abdomen.

Patients in good health who exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet are the best candidates for liposuction. Morbidly obese patients can achieve drastic weight loss through a carefully constructed series of liposuction procedures. Men and women over the age of 40—or those with other medical considerations—will be referred to their general practitioner for clearance before scheduling liposuction.

Liposuction benefits include:

  • Body contouring and overall slimming
  • Fat removal (eliminated fat cells will not come back)
  • Fat reduction and decrease in size of all areas of the body
  • Staged fat removal for the morbidly obese

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will work closely with you to determine if liposuction is right for you. Depending on your body goals and health, she may recommend alternative procedures such as Tickle Lipo or Lunchtime Lipo, a tummy tuck or abdominoplastybreast reduction, or various body lift procedures. It is important to understand that liposuction removes fat, but not cellulite or excess skin.

Tickle Lipo

Manhattan cosmetic surgeon explains tickle lipo in infographicTickle Lipo is a form of liposuction that is performed using local anesthesia, which minimizes the trauma to surrounding tissue. This type of lipo is less invasive than the traditional method and uses an oscillating cannula wand without heat or lasers to safely and effectively remove unwanted fat from one or more areas of your body with faster healing and less blood loss. The term “Tickle Lipo” is used because the vibrating cannula causes a tickling sensation by tricking pain receptors. With only mild, local anesthesia, our cosmetic surgeon will use the unique vibrating cannula wand to disrupt and remove fat cells systematically. The procedure is practically pain-free.

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini recommends lunchtime lipo for healthy, active individuals who want to remove fat and contour the body quickly. Tickle Lipo is perfect for addressing excess fat in these areas:  

  • Thighs
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Stomach
  • Love Handles
  • Saddlebags
  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Ankles
  • Calves

There’s little to no discomfort associated with Tickle Lipo, and the procedure is fast, immediate, and cost-effective. You will leave your Tickle Lipo appointment enjoying instant benefits. In the days following your procedure, your Tickle Lipo results will become even more enhanced as you continue to heal and tone.

Tickle Lipo is often called Lunchtime Lipo because the procedure can be done in about an hour. Come during lunch, and you’ll be back at your desk in just a few hours. Or, you can head home for a relaxing afternoon and wake up to a refreshed, new you.

While immediate and easy results may sound too good to be true, Tickle Lipo is FDA-approved and very safe. The special cannula moves quickly through fat cells, causing minimal disruption to the tissue and blood vessels. As with all liposuction procedures, Tickle Lipo risks may include minimal skin irregularities after healing, infection, or bleeding.

At New Look New Life, Tickle Lipo starts as low as $3,500. You will be given a detailed quote during your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini. The cost of your Lunchtime Lipo will include multiple fees such as the surgeon’s cost, anesthesia, facility and operating room expenses, required compression garments, and all of your follow-up appointments. We offer financing information on how to pay for your Lunchtime Lipo.

Male Liposuction

Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is trained in providing men with the more masculine contours they desire through male liposuction procedures. Men wishing to treat fat from their love handles, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and other areas can benefit significantly from the slimming and toning effects of liposuction. Our cosmetic surgeon is well versed in the nuances of men’s and women’s bodies and is dedicated to ensuring the most natural results through the contouring of feminine curves in women and more masculine lines in men.

Liposuction is performed on men and women in the same way but will be customized to meet each patient’s unique goals, existing condition, and desired outcome. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will conduct the entire procedure herself for optimal safety, using a liposuction cannula to minimize excess fat. 

Men who desire less significant fat removal may easily achieve the desired slimming results with Lunchtime Lipo or Tickle Lipo. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will work closely with you to design the procedure that will best meet your cosmetic goals.

The Liposuction Procedure

Depending on the degree of your fat removal, the procedure will either be performed under local or general anesthesia. Liposuction under local anesthesia involves the use of a numbing injection. During the actual procedure, patients typically report a tickling or vibrating sensation and some mild pressure.

For most patients, liposuction takes only an hour to one and a half hours. If several areas of the body are being treated, your procedure may last longer. Liposuction performed under local or general anesthesia is a same-day procedure. In-office patients typically leave the office a half-hour after the cosmetic surgery is complete. Surgical center patients usually rest comfortably in recovery for a few hours.

Liposuction in the hands of Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini is highly successful and very safe, though the decision to have liposuction surgery must be carefully considered. Liposuction risks may include infection, bleeding, and skin irregularities. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will discuss all risks with you during your detailed consultation.

At New Look New Life, liposuction surgery starts as low as $5,000. You will be given a detailed quote during your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini. The cost of your liposuction will include your surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility and operating room fees, required garments, and all of your follow-up visits with Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini. 

Recovering from Lipo

If your liposuction is performed under local anesthesia, you can head right back to work and continue your daily activities. Your tiny incision will be covered with a small bandage that protects your clothing. You will notice some leaking from the incision for roughly 10-15 hours—this is simply a numbing fluid that was used during the procedure. If your liposuction is done under general anesthesia, you will feel slightly groggy and should return home to rest.

There is no need to stay overnight after your liposuction, regardless of whether you had local or general anesthesia. For safety reasons, you should arrange for a ride home after the procedure. You should be able to return to your exercise routine in about 7-10 days.

Blood-thinning medication and NSAIDs such as aspirin, Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve® must be avoided 10-14 days before and after surgery. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini will provide you with thorough preparation and recovery guidelines that include the avoidance of blood-thinning medication and NSAIDs. You will be most comfortable in loose-fitting clothing. You will be required to quit smoking two weeks before and after your procedure.

In just a couple short weeks, your liposuction will be a distant memory, and you will be enjoying a slimmer, more confident you.

Your Liposuction Results

Liposuction results are immediate, though the natural healing process varies from patient to patient. Immediately after the procedure, you will notice a significant size reduction in the areas where fat was removed. The day after lipo, you will see even more substantial improvement as swelling subsides. Within a few weeks, your skin will adjust to your body’s new shape.

View Before and After Photos of Our Liposuction Patients and Read Patient Testimonials

Your fat removal is long-lasting if you continue to live a healthy lifestyle of proper diet and exercise habits. Fat will never re-grow in the areas where liposuction was performed. It is certainly possible to gain weight after liposuction, and you should work to preserve your investment and prevent uneven weight gain through healthy lifestyle choices.

Contact New Look New Life in Manhattan About Lipo

Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini is one of New York’s leading female cosmetic surgeons. If you’re interested in liposuction or another cosmetic surgery, please contact New Look New Life in Manhattan today at (855) 329-1482. We offer face, breast, and body contouring to patients in surrounding New York areas.

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Victoria Karlinsky Carey J. Nease, MD Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D. , Carey J. Nease, MD and Rita Shats, M.D.

Our cosmetic surgeons are highly-skilled and trained as body scultpting, facial and vaginal rejuvenation specialists with extensive experience in all aspects of cosmetic surgery and treatments.

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