Cellulite 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 »
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 »
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 (Abdominoplasty)
A firm and toned abdominal contour is a visible sign of health and overall wellness. Unfortunately, even a healthy diet and exercise are not always enough to achieve a svelte figure. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, addresses hanging skin, excess fat, and loose abdominal muscles after pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or aging.
Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?When you choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts, you will receive far more than a cookie-cutter approach. Dr. Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim customizes every aspect of your cosmetic surgery and are available every step of the way. From your pre-op appointment to your post-op appointment, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini or Dr. Kim are the people you will speak to.
Tummy tuck surgery in New York is performed on patients to:
What Are the Benefits of Tummy Tuck Surgery?
- Create smooth abdominal contours
- Eliminate the “lower belly pooch”
- Correct diastasis recti (separation of the rectus abdominis muscles)
- Tighten sagging skin
Are You the Right Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?Women and men turn to tummy tuck surgery when they are unable to achieve optimal abdominal contour and definition through diet and exercise alone. Whether you experienced complications with your midsection after pregnancy, weight loss, or the aging process, tummy tuck surgery may restore a healthy-looking physique. Candidates for tummy tuck surgery should be close to their ideal weight, have realistic expectations for their results, and not smoke.
A consultation is required before your tummy tuck surgery to determine if you are a candidate. During this consultation, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini or Dr. Kim will:
What Happens During Your Tummy Tuck Consultation?
- Go over your medical history
- Discuss your expectations for the procedure
- Take measurements and photos
- Explain your surgical options
- Recommend the techniques that will provide you the optimal results
- Develop a surgical plan
The techniques used during your tummy tuck are personalized to you based on your specific skin and muscle conditions. An incision is made across the abdomen, and excess fat and skin are removed to reveal a smoother abdominal contour. Abdominal muscles are also repaired or tightened for a firmer and more toned midsection.
How Can I Personalize My Tummy Tuck?
The full tummy tuck, or traditional tummy tuck, is performed under general anesthesia.
The incision is made along the lower abdomen and extends from hip to hip. This incision is made below the bikini line so that patients can hide the incision and resulting scar when wearing bathing suits or crop tops.
Another incision may be made around the belly button if navel contouring is necessary or if the abdominal muscles must be repositioned.
What Is a Full Tummy Tuck?
What Is a Mini Tummy Tuck?
The mini tummy tuck is a less-invasive alternative for patients who display a lesser degree of excess skin and fat. This technique focuses on the lower abdomen—the area beneath the belly button. The mini tummy tuck is performed under local anesthesia. The incision is made along the lower abdomen, and excess skin is trimmed. This incision is much shorter than the incision used in a full tummy tuck, and the mini tummy tuck does not allow for recontouring of the belly button. Liposuction may be recommended to remove additional fatty deposits. Additional tummy tuck methods, such as the extended tummy tuck, the circumferential tummy tuck, or umbilicoplasty may be performed for qualifying patients. During your consultation, Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini or Dr. Kim will discuss all of your surgical options.
Can Liposuction Be Performed Instead of a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction may be used as an alternative to a tummy tuck for patients who only have localized fat pockets on the abdomen. Since liposuction does not remove excess skin, it is not an option for patients with moderate to significant skin laxity. Liposuction will also not tighten or repair abdominal muscles. Liposuction for the abdomen makes small incisions in the treatment area and uses a cannula (a hollow tube) to suction out the cells. Patients who have both excess fat and excess skin may benefit from a combination of these two procedures. These techniques may be performed simultaneously or at separate times depending on your specific circumstances. At New Look New Life Cosmetic Arts, your safety is our number one concern. Combined procedures are preferred for healthy, qualifying patients to reduce procedure time, risk, and recovery time.
Have Other Concerns About Tummy Tuck Surgery?
What Will My Tummy Tuck Recovery Be Like?
Tummy tuck surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you can return home soon after the anesthesia wears off. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for 24 to 48 hours to help with cleaning, cooking, and childcare. Your incision will be covered with gauze, and your stomach may be wrapped in a compression garment that will facilitate the healing process by protecting the incision, reducing the swelling, and circulating the blood. Most patients return to their day-to-day activities, including work, within one to two weeks, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks. Patients who undergo a mini tummy tuck will have a shorter recovery period. Most mini tummy tuck patients return to work within one week. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim provides all of their patients with their cell phone numbers so that they can be reached at any time during your recovery.
Is a Tummy Tuck Painful?
Tummy tuck surgery results in bruising, swelling, tightness, and abdominal discomfort. You will be given a prescription for pain medication; however, you may choose to use over-the-counter pain medication instead. Most of the pain will subside within a few days, but you may still experience some pain and discomfort when you sneeze or laugh. If possible, cover the incision with a pillow whenever you feel a sneeze coming on. Applying pressure to the incision will help lessen the pain.
Will My Tummy Tuck Leave Scars?
Your tummy tuck will result in a scar that will stretch the length of the incision. Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim make this incision low on the abdomen so that the resulting scar will be easy to conceal under clothing and bathing suits. While this scar will fade over time, you can help minimize the visibility by keeping the healing incision out of the sun, applying scar creams or silicone strips, and not rushing your recovery. Overexertion can result in a prolonged recovery period and the splitting of the incision—which will worsen the scar.
What Does a Tummy Tuck Cost in New York?
There are multiple variations of the tummy tuck, and the total cost of your procedure will vary depending on techniques and the extent of the procedure. At New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts, our full tummy tuck starts at $9,000, and our mini tummy tuck begins at $5,000. These amounts may vary once anesthesia, facility fees, pre-surgical tests, and follow-up appointments are included. Since tummy tuck surgery is elective, insurance does not cover the cost. We offer financing options through CareCredit®.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tummy Tuck Surgery
What should I do to prepare for my tummy tuck?
You will be asked to stop smoking and avoid taking any blood-thinning medications or herbal supplements for at least two weeks. The use of these may increase your risk of serious complications, including heart attack and stroke. Before your tummy tuck, you will want to fill the prescription and establish a comfortable zone for you to recover.
What are the risks associated with tummy tuck surgery?
Our surgeons at New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts have years of experience performing body contouring procedures. They understand the intricacies and difficulties associated with a tummy tuck and can navigate them to ensure that your surgery is both effective and safe. Even though complications are rare, this is an invasive surgical procedure, and complications are possible. These potential complications include:
- Harmful interactions with the anesthesia
- Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)
- Prolonged wound healing
What is diastasis recti?Diastasis recti is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle (the “abs”) that results in a “pooched” abdominal appearance. This can occur in men; however, it is much more common in women following pregnancy and childbirth. During pregnancy, your abdominal muscles are forced to expand to allow room for your growing uterus. This pressure can cause the muscles to separate, and separated muscles cannot repair themselves following the birth of your child. Surgery is the only way to correct diastasis recti.
Will I lose weight after a tummy tuck?
Tummy tuck surgery is not the same as weight loss surgery (such as gastric bypass). This procedure will eliminate localized fat pockets and excess skin, but you will not see a significant reduction on the scale. Tummy tuck surgery is best performed on patients who are close to their ideal weight and have already tried to lose the excess through a healthy diet and exercise.
When will I see my tummy tuck results?
You will start to see the benefits of your tummy tuck immediately following your surgery; however, bruising and swelling may obstruct the full extent of your surgical results. It can take several weeks or months for all of the residual swelling to subside. You will notice a flatter stomach and see a difference in the ways that your clothes fit.
Will my tummy tuck results be permanent?
Tummy tuck surgery provides long-lasting results, but you can still gain additional weight or experience skin laxity if you experience a subsequent pregnancy or do not maintain a stable weight.
You can maintain your tummy tuck results by following a healthy lifestyle.
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 (646) 559-2854 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 (646) 559-2854 to schedule your initial consultation. New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts serves clients in Manhattan, New York, and nearby NYC areas.
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 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.
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.
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.
What are the alternatives to arm lifts?
Liposuction offers men and women a safe and effective option for removing excess fat permanently. This treatment can be applied on nearly any area to provide body slimming and sculpting. With liposuction, you can finally achieve the feminine curves or masculine definition that has eluded you.
Why should I choose New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts?
New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts has dedicated itself to providing safe and beautiful aesthetic results to their New York-based and out-of-town patients. In the privacy and safety of our certified operating room, our skilled and knowledgeable board-certified cosmetic surgeons personalize each treatment to their patient, and they offer around the clock access and care so that no patient ever feels like they are alone in this process.
What Areas Can Benefit From Liposuction?Liposuction is performed on women and men to reduce fat and provide a more toned appearance to the:
- Neck (under chin)
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?Liposuction is often desired by men and women who struggle with stubborn areas of fat and are hoping to achieve a sculpted body contour. Ideal candidates for this procedure do not smoke, are in good overall health, and have realistic expectations of their results.
Liposuction is appropriate for healthy individuals who wish to tighten and improve their body contours. While this surgery can offer significant benefits to any of its candidates, the best results are often seen in patients who are close to their ideal weight.
Some patients may be better suited waiting for their treatment until after they have lost some weight naturally. Approved obese patients may be required to undergo a series of carefully crafted liposuction treatments.
What Is Discussed During My Liposuction Consultation?Your consultation is essential to a successful liposuction treatment. During this meeting, your surgeon will:
- Discuss your goals for your liposuction
- Take your measurements and photos
- Determine which areas are appropriate for fat removal
- Recommend combination procedures, if necessary
- Develop a surgical plan
How Can I Personalize My Liposuction?Liposuction is a nuanced and customizable procedure. Your surgeon at New Look New Life Surgical Arts will work closely with you to design a liposuction treatment that will safely and effectively achieve your cosmetic goals.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that usually takes between one and one and a half hours to complete. This time allotment may be higher if there are multiple treatment areas or if your liposuction is being performed in combination with another surgical procedure.
Depending on the techniques chosen, your liposuction will be performed under local or general anesthesia. In cases of general anesthesia, you will need a companion to drive you home and stay with you for 24 to 48 hours to assist with all regular activities and chores.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction, or traditional liposuction, involves the injection of a tumescent fluid that causes the fat cells to swell and become firm. This allows the fat cells to be more easily dislodged and removed during the treatment.
Once the fat cells are detached from the tissue walls, the cells are carefully suctioned out through a narrow tube (known as a cannula) that is inserted through small incisions near the treatment site.
What Is Tickle Lipo?
Tickle Lipo, which is also known as lunchtime liposuction or power-assisted liposuction, is a less invasive fat removal technique that can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time with only the necessity of local anesthesia.
This variation of liposuction quickly eliminates fat in targeted areas, such as the stomach, thighs, hips, love handles, back, buttocks, arms, chest, ankles, and calves.
Nicknamed for the tickling sensation it creates, this “lunchtime” procedure uses an oscillating (vibrating) cannula to break up the fat cells before they are removed. This step minimizes the trauma to the surrounding tissue, and as the vibrating cannula does not require heat or lasers, it allows for a nearly pain-free treatment.
Patients can return to work and their day-to-day activities immediately following a Tickle Lipo treatment, and your results may start to show sooner with Tickle Lipo (as opposed to traditional liposuction). Results will continue to improve in the days following your surgery.
Tickle Lipo is recommended for healthy, active individuals who wish to sculpt their already fit body further.
What Is Liposuction for Men?
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for men, as it provides more sculpted masculine contours. By removing excess fat from the love handles, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and chest, liposuction enables men to achieve gym-like tone and muscle definition while only taking them out of their usual routines for one short week. This safe and effective procedure allows men to reach their desired body shape without the stress or hassle of sweating it out at the gym.
Our surgeons at New Look New Life are well-versed in the nuances between the male and female physique and understand how liposuction must be adapted for a male patient. Even though liposuction is performed with the same steps, the areas and the volume of fat will alter depending on the patient’s gender.
Should I Combine My Liposuction With Another Body Contouring Procedure?
Liposuction often provides significant benefit as a standalone procedure; however, as this surgery does not address skin or muscle laxity, it may need to be performed with an additional body contouring procedure. While the optimal surgical combination will vary depending on your specific needs, you can choose to combine liposuction with a tummy tuck surgery, thigh lift surgery, arm lift surgery, or breast augmentation surgery.
Alternatively, patients who undergo liposuction may choose to use the harvested fat to add volume and shape to the buttocks. The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a surgical procedure that requires the use of liposuctioned fat to enhance the natural curves of your derrière.
At New Look New Life Surgical Arts, your surgical procedures may be combined as long as you are healthy enough to withstand such an invasive treatment. This will be discussed during your consultation with your New Look New Life cosmetic surgeon.
What Are Your Concerns?
What Will My Liposuction Recovery Be Like?
Following your liposuction surgery, your incisions will be covered with small bandages, and your treatment areas may be wrapped with compression garments.
These garments will help reduce any post-operative swelling by promoting blood circulation.
Patients who undergo Tickle Lipo can return to work and their regular day-to-day routines soon after their treatment. Patients who undergo traditional liposuction may require a few additional days to recover before returning to their normal schedules.
Regardless, all liposuction patients should refrain from all strenuous activity for at least seven to 10 days.
Dr. Karlinsky-Bellini and Dr. Kim provide all of their patients with their cell phone numbers so that they can be reached at any time during the recovery.
Is Liposuction Painful?
Liposuction is performed under anesthesia to prevent any pain during or immediately following the procedure. Bruising and swelling are common following a liposuction treatment, which may contribute to some post-surgical discomfort.
Any pain or discomfort can be alleviated with prescribed pain medication or an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as TYLENOL®.
Will My Liposuction Leave Scars?
Your liposuction treatment requires small incisions to be made in the treatment area through which a cannula suctions out unwanted fat.
While these incisions are small, they may result in post-surgical scarring. These scars are usually placed in indiscreet places—such as in the natural creases of the body—and are nearly undetectable once they have healed.
Any resulting scars will fade with time and can be minimized further with silicone strips and topical scar creams.
What Does Liposuction Cost in New York?Your liposuction treatment will be personalized to you depending on your physical needs and aesthetic desires. This customization will impact the overall cost of your liposuction treatment.
At New Look New Life Surgical Arts, a Tickle Lipo treatment starts at $3,500, and a traditional liposuction treatment starts at $5,000. This amount may fluctuate significantly depending on the extent of fat removal, the number of treatment areas, combined surgical procedures, and external costs such as surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, compression garments, and your follow-up appointments.
You will be given an accurate price estimate during your consultation with New Look New Life Surgical Arts. We offer financing options through CareCredit® to assist you in paying for your body contouring in New York.
What Are Some Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction?
How should I prepare for my liposuction treatment?
You will be required to stop all tobacco use for at least two weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking inhibits blood flow, which can increase your chances of complications during your liposuction treatment.
You will also be asked to stop any blood-thinning medication or herbal supplements, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and NSAIDs.
Your surgeon at New Look New Life will provide you with a thorough list of preparation and recovery guidelines.
How much fat will be removed during liposuction at one time?
The answer to this question varies significantly depending on your age, health, and BMI.
Traditionally, the maximum amount of fat removed during a single liposuction treatment is five liters, which correlates to roughly 10 to 12 pounds—or one dress size.
While this amount of fat removal may be safe and appropriate for some individuals, it may not be safe for you. You should discuss your options with your surgeon at New Look New Life Surgical Arts during your consultation.
You can undergo carefully planned, repeated liposuction treatments. These repeated treatments should only be performed by a reputable and knowledgeable cosmetic surgeon.
Why is liposuction not always an alternative to a tummy tuck?
Liposuction is commonly performed on the stomach to reduce the appearance of lower belly pooches or protruding abdomens. Even though abdominal liposuction addresses the same region as a tummy tuck, they are not interchangeable procedures.
This is because liposuction is only a fat reduction procedure. Liposuction cannot tighten or remove excess skin and cannot repair stretched or separated abdominal muscles. Patients with moderate to significant skin laxity or diastasis recti (separated ab muscles) may be better suited with a tummy tuck.
What are the risks associated with liposuction?
Even though it is a surgical procedure, liposuction is very safe when performed by a skilled board-certified cosmetic surgeon such as those at New Look New Life Surgical Arts.
Complications are uncommon; however, they are possible. Some of these risks include:
- Adverse reactions to the local or general anesthesia
- Blood clots
- Prolonged healing
- Skin irregularities
Will the fat return in other places after my liposuction treatment?
There is a common misconception that fat is moved from one area of the body to another during a liposuction treatment. This is not true.
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, leaving a reduced number of cells in the treatment area. In cases of weight gain following a liposuction treatment, the fat will first develop in places with a higher concentration of fat cells, which is likely not the treatment area. Fat can develop anywhere on the body at any time if a healthy lifestyle is not adhered to.
When you gain weight, you are not developing new fat cells. Instead, your existing fat cells are growing in size. This is why it is less likely to regain fat in your liposuction treatment area.
Are my liposuction results permanent?
You will begin to see the results of your liposuction treatment immediately following your procedure, and these results will continue to improve over the following days and weeks as your bruising and swelling subside and your contours take on their new shape.
Your liposuction results will be long lasting—if not permanent—as long as you maintain a stable weight by following a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells; however, this treatment will not prevent additional fat pockets from forming across your body. You can always gain extra weight, no matter how many liposuction treatments you undergo.