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Liposuction: Heart Healthy


Already aware of liposuctions slimming ways, many are surprised to learn that liposuction has heart-healthy benefits as well. Research suggests that after liposuction, patients experience lower triglyceride levels and a reduced white blood cell count—both which are associated with heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and obesity.

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C(h)in C(h)in: Celebrating Kybella’s Outstanding Chin Contouring Ways

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Highly coveted, but hard to achieve—a taut and tight chin eludes many. Evidence to the fact, according to a study put out by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 68% of those polled were unhappy with excess fat under the chin and neck. For this reason, we are proud to introduce you to Kybella—an innovative new treatment that promises to rid the chin of stubborn fat and give you the slim and sculpted jawline you have long desired.

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Ultherapy: Get the Skin of Yesteryears

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As we age, our youthful skin of the past sadly becomes a faint memory. Gone are the days of radiant, tight, and contoured facial features. Not quite ready to say goodbye to a youthful glow? At New Look New Life Cosmetic Surgical Arts® we are happy to say: we can help. With the assistance of Ultherapy, our highly skilled team of surgeons can rejuvenate tired, sagging skin. Ultherapy uses innovative ultrasound technology to lift and tighten loose skin. The only FDA-cleared procedure to non-invasively lift eyebrows, the neck, and under-chin—Ultherapy is now cleared to improve lines and wrinkles marring your décolletage. More »

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Complete Guide to Tummy Tuck Surgery

If you have loose skin around the abdomen or a protruding stomach after pregnancy or weight loss, you may be the ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty. Tummy tuck surgery is a popular procedure among mothers who are done having children and want their pre-pregnancy figure back. This body contouring procedure can also be the ideal choice for patients who have lost a lot of weight over their lifetime and are now left with loose or sagging skin around the midsection.

Tummy tuck surgery is a fairly extensive body contouring procedure so it important for our patients to understand how the procedure is performed, what to expect, and how to prepare for the recovery phase. You can meet with Dr. Karlinsky at our Manhattan office to learn more about this procedure, review tummy tuck before and after photos, and get answers to any questions you have about our body contouring andcosmetic surgery procedures.

Use this guide to be better informed about tummy tuck surgery:

Here are some of the key reasons why tummy tuck surgery may be right for you:

  • You have excess fat and tissue around the stomach area
  • You have a protruding belly
  • You have loose skin and tissue that hangs over the midsection
  • You want to slim down and tone up the midsection

You need to work with a highly-skilled surgeon when undergoing tummy tuck surgery. Dr. Karlinsky will make sure she uses techniques where the scars are easy to hide and will customize the procedure to balance out and enhance your silhouette.

Types of Tummy Tuck Procedures

Dr. Karlinsky performs both the full tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck at his practice. We can determine what type of procedure is most suitable for you during your consultation.

Full Abdominoplasty (Full Tummy Tuck)

The full tummy tuck procedure may involve removing excess fat and skin, repositioning and tightening the abdominal muscles, and tightening up the skin to create a flat and toned appearance. Dr. Karlinsky will need to make a long incision along the pubic bone to have access to the area above and below the belly button. This procedure can be combined with liposuction to re-move excess fat around the upper and lower abs, and to reshape the waistline. If you have weak abdominal muscles, this procedure may also involve tightening the muscles to restore the abdominal wall. She will discuss the techniques she will use in more detail during your consultation.

Mini Abdominoplasty (Mini Tummy Tuck)

If your problem areas are only below the belly button, you may be a better candidate for a mini tummy tuck, or mini abdominoplasty. This procedure has half the downtime and half the scar as a full tummy tuck and can be performed under local anesthesia. It is ideal for women who want a firmer and more defined stomach after childbirth and will involve removing and tightening excess skin around the lower abdominal area. If you only need to have a very small amount of abdominal fat and skin removed around the lower belly, the mini tummy tuck may be the ideal procedure for you. Dr. Karlinsky can determine whether you are a candidate for a mini tummy tuck during your consultation.

Learn more about the tummy tuck vs. mini tummy tuck here.

Tummy Tuck Recovery

Patients are advised to take at least one week off work after a full tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck procedure. You can expect some muscle tightness, discomfort, and swelling for several weeks after surgery and may need to take healing supplements during this time. We encourage our patients to wear a compression garment for several weeks after their procedure to support the healing process and keep the tissues in place. We will share full post-op instructions with you before your procedure.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Tummy Tuck Surgery

The cost of tummy tucks surgery in NYC varies by patient. The following factors affect the cost of tummy tuck surgery:

  • Anesthesiologist fees
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Nursing care needed
  • Lab work
  • Healing supplements
  • Compression garment
  • Use of a surgical suite
  • Type of tummy tuck procedure

You can learn more about tummy tuck surgery by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky at New Look New Life NYC today.

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5 Most Popular Plastic Surgery Procedures in 2015

Every year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons compiles a list of trends and statistics about plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures. The latest reports indicate that five procedures stand out as the most in demand procedures for 2014 and the trend is expected to continue through this year. Many plastic surgeons and medical experts have created their own forecast based on trends they have noticed at their own practice, highlighting an increased demand for minimally invasive procedures like Botox and fillers and fat grafting.

Here are the five most popular plastic surgery procedures for 2015:

  1. Breast Augmentation
    Getting breast implants is still a high priority for many women who want to enhance their silhouette. The number of breast augmentation procedures performed in 2014 was down 1 percent from 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, but this is still one of the most sought-after procedures. Women can choose between sili-cone and saline breast implants to achieve their desired look — silicone gel implants create a softer, more natural look while saline implants create a firmer and rounder appearance.
  2. Rhinoplasty
    The nose is one of the most noticeable features of the face. Rhinoplasty, otherwise known as nose reshaping surgery, is a popular procedure among men and women who want to correct the appearance of their nose. The procedure can reshape the bridge or tip of the nose to restore facial harmony and create a more attractive profile.
  3. Liposuction
    Patients concerned about a few extra inches around their hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks and other parts of the body can undergo liposuction to reshape the body. This continues to be a popular body contouring procedure among men and women who are already at a healthy weight but just need to take care of a few problem areas. Many surgeons perform this procedure using minimally invasive techniques, which boast a faster recovery time and require minimal incisions. Tickle Lipo is one example of a less invasive procedure and involves using a heat-free wand to remove excess body fat without causing trauma to surrounding tissue.
  4. Eyelid Surgery
    Rejuvenating the area around the eyes with eyelid surgery, otherwise known as blepharoplasty, can create a wide-eyed look and fresh-faced appearance. This procedure involves removing excess skin and tissue from the upper or lower eyelids to open up the eye area. It can be very effective for reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, getting rid of dark under eye circles and eliminating any puffiness that may be interfering with vision. 
  5. Facelift Surgery
    The facelift is a fairly aggressive anti-aging procedure and can take up to a decade or more off the patient’s appearance. This procedure involves removing excess skin around the face and jaw line, getting rid of excess fat and repositioning facial tissues to restore a youthful look. Some patients may need to undergo a combination procedure with a forehead lift and eyelid surgery to achieve the full result they are looking for. 

Learn more about different types of plastic surgery procedures by scheduling your consultation with at New Look New Life today.

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2015 Male Plastic Surgery Stats

Accounting for more than 90 percent of all plastic surgery patients, an increasing number of men are showing interest in going under the knife. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that the number of male plastic surgery procedures has increased 121% over the past decade and demand by male clients continues to rise.

Here is a closer look at statistics for male plastic surgery procedures in 2015:

Demand for Plastic Surgery Among Male Clients

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that many men are looking to rejuvenate their appearance as they age. Some of the most popular procedures among men are facial rejuvenation procedures, liposuction and rhinoplasty. Many men are concerned about a few extra inches around their waistline, a misshapen nose, and wrinkles and lines that are giving away their age. For these reasons, many resort to plastic surgery to maintain a more youthful look.

Top Male-Focused Procedures

According to the latest statistics from ASPS, the top male-focused procedures in 2014 were pectoral implants (increased 208 percent from 2013 to 2014) and male breast reduction (increased 29 percent since 2000). Both of these procedures are performed as an outpatient surgery and can help some men feel more confident about their appearance.

Demand for Botox Among Men

As an alternative to going under the knife, men concerned about wrinkles around the forehead and losing their youthful looks may turn to Botox for a little help. Demand for ‘Brotox’ is increasing around the country as more men hope to take a few years off their appearance. Botox is a popular injectable for minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles along the forehead, around the eyes and around other parts of the body. It also has a number of off-label uses and is available at medical spas and plastic surgery centers around the country.

Other Options for Men

Many men want to freshen up their look as they reach middle age, go through a divorce or just to have more self-confidence as they climb up the corporate ladder. Facelift surgery is a more aggressive procedure that works to get rid of sagging skin, excess fat and other telltale signs of aging permanently. 

Some other plastic surgery options for men may include:

  • Eyelid surgery

    Drooping or sagging eyelids can make a patient appear older, angry or tired. Eyelid surgery is very effective for opening up the eye area and creating a more youthful look.
  • Liposuction of the face or body

    Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures among men and can be performed on both the face and the body to get rid of excess fatty deposits. Male liposuction procedures may include the Tickle Lipo or Lunchtime Lipo technique, which are very effective for removing smaller amounts of fat from stubborn areas.
  • NeoGraft hair restoration

    Many men are concerned about hair loss, another side effect of the aging process. The Neograft hair restoration procedure is an FDA-approved treatment for hair loss and one of the most advanced solutions available for hair loss today. It is a minimally invasive and painless procedure with virtually no downtime.

For more information about male plastic surgery procedures, schedule your consultation at New Look New Life today.

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The History of Plastic Surgery

Even though many plastic surgeons are always coming up with new techniques and procedures, people have been undergoing body modification procedures for thousands of years. The first known rhinoplasty performed dates back to 600 BC and some experts suggest that plastic surgery was performed in some shape or form as early as 2000 BC in Egypt and India. It’s now a multi-billion dollar industry and demand for body contouring and minimally invasive treatments still stays strong.

Here are some interesting facts about the history of plastic surgery:

Ancient Egyptians Performed Surgery on Dead Bodies

Egyptians would use various surgical techniques to alter dead bodies before the mummification process. This typically involved inserting bones, seeds and bandages into the body. Ramses II’s body was surgically alternated so that his most prominent features would be easily recognized as he moved on to the afterlife. Scholars point out that these modifications were only performed on dead bodies. India is actually considered to be the ‘birthplace’ of plastic surgery.

The Term ‘Plastic Surgery’ Was Coined in the 19th Century

Karl Ferdinand Graefe first coined the term ‘plastic surgery’ to the procedure imported by British surgeons performing something similar to a rhinoplasty procedure. Graefe describes the procedure in his text, Rhinoplastik, published n 1818. Today, rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed procedures among men and women.

World War I Changed the Course of Plastic Surgery

Since many WWI soldiers needed advanced care to manage trauma wounds, plastic surgery was in high demand. This prompted many surgeons to offer services privately through their own medical practice and it was until the 1930s that the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASPS) started to regulate the industry. Since then, plastic surgery has become an option for both reconstructive and cosmetic purposes. Many cosmetic surgery procedures are now performed in a doctor’s office or accredited surgical facility.

Breast Implants Used to Be Made with Beeswax

Breast augmentation is still one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed around the United States. Today, women can choose between silicone and saline implants to achieve their ideal look. However, early records of breast implant procedures indicate that implants were once made with beeswax, paraffin, vegetable oil and other materials. Today, many women prefer silicone gel implants because of the natural look and feel. The first documented breast augmentation procedure was performed in Heidelberg in 1895 and involved transplanting tissue from the back to the breasts.

Liposuction is Still Fairly New

It’s one of most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States and also one of the newest procedures available to American patients. Liposuction was deemed safe by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in the early 1980s and has since become the ideal solution for patients that want to get rid of body fat permanently. Today, many surgeons use innovative techniques such as Tickle Lipo to address common problem areas

Learn more about plastic surgery procedures by scheduling your consultation at New Look New Life today.

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Complete Guide to Liposuction

If you are having a difficult time losing pockets of stubborn fat in certain areas of the body and are already at a healthy weight, liposuction may be the only way to get rid of that fat for good. Dr. Karlinsky uses several different techniques to sculpt and reshape the body and can target some of those problem areas without causing excess trauma to surrounding tissues. Liposuction is a very effective body contouring procedure and boasts a high success rate. We may recommend this procedure if you want to slim down by a few inches and achieve a more attractive sil-houette.

Use this guide to learn more about liposuction in NYC and options available for your customized body contouring procedure:

Types of Liposuction Procedures

Dr. Karlinsky performs both surgical and non-surgical fat removal procedures at her practice. If you are bothered by stubborn fat in certain areas of the body and are not looking for a quick fix weight loss solution,liposuction may be the perfect body contouring procedure for you. Here is a closer look at different liposuction procedures available at our office:

Traditional Liposuction

Traditional liposuction can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The procedure will remove stubborn fatty pockets permanently to reshape and contour the body. Dr. Karlinsky will make small incisions around the treatment area and insert a cannula to extract the fat cells. Patients in good health who are under the age of 40 may be good candidates for liposuction. We can target problem areas including the hips, thighs, buttocks, midsection, saddlebags, arms, chest, ankles, knees, and calves with this body contouring procedure.

Tickle Lipo (Lunchtime Lipo)

Tickle Lipo, also known as Lunchtime Lipo, is performed under local anesthesia and is a less invasive alternative to traditional liposuction. Dr. Karlinsky uses a laser-free and heat-free oscillating wand to remove excess body fat in certain areas of the body. This is an FDA-approved liposuction procedure and can address problem areas including the buttocks, saddlebags, hips, thighs, arms, chest, ankles, and calves. This procedure boasts a faster recovery time than traditional liposuction and may also be a cost-effective option for patients that only need a minimal amount of fat removed.


Liposonix is a non-surgical alternative to traditional liposuction and serves as a body contouring procedure for men and women who just want to slim down by a few inches without surgery. We can target body fat in problem areas including the love handles, the thighs, and the back. Some patients get the best results with a series of Liposonix treatments. This procedure involves delivering high-intensity ultrasound therapy deep into the tissues to disrupt and destroy the fatty tissue. Most patients see results within 12 weeks of their first treatment. (*)

Liposuction Recovery

Recovery times after liposuction vary by patient but most patients need to take a few days off work as the swelling and bruising is resolved. You will need to wear a compression garment after surgery to ensure that the tissues heal properly and to reduce some of the swelling. Complete recovery from liposuction typically takes a few weeks and you will see progressive results as the swelling is resolved and the tissues heal.

Most patients can return to their regular routine within days of surgery and are advised to wait at least a week or several weeks before resuming any type of strenuous exercise routine. We encourage you to start walking or performing light cardio right away because this can help with circulation and healing.

Liposuction Cost Information

The cost of liposuction in NYC varies by patient and the type of technique we use. We will provide detailed cost information during your consultation. The following factors can influence the cost of your procedure:

  • Treatment areas
  • Hospital or surgical suite fees
  • Anesthesiologist fees
  • Surgeon you work with
  • Type of liposuction technique performed
  • Compression garments
  • Herbal supplements or prescription medications

We can provide you with a cost estimate during your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky. In some cases, treating multiple areas on the same visit can reduce overall costs because the patient will only need to pay the anesthesiologist and surgical suite or hospital fees once. We can review all of your options in more detail during your consultation.

Liposuction Results – What to Expect

Results with liposuction are permanent because the fat cells have been removed completely. If you do end up gaining weight after your procedure, you will notice the fat will be redistributed to areas that were not treated with surgery. This can create a disproportionate figure so we advise patients to undergo surgery when they are at or close to their ideal weight. You may have some residual swelling for a few months after a cosmetic procedure like liposuction so it is important to be patient for the full result.

Learn more about liposuction in NYC by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Karlinsky at our Manhattan office today.

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Tummy Tuck vs. Mini Tummy Tuck

There may not be a big difference between the name of these two procedures, but it is important to note the distinct variations between the preparation, procedures and recoveries. We have highlighted the major aspects of each unique plastic surgery to help determine which procedure is best for you.

One of the main reasons tummy tuck is so popular is because of it’s ability to restore the flat, smooth appearance of the patient’s stomach. Since the procedure has such beneficial results, preparation involves eliminated smoking and use of blood thinning medications up to two weeks beforehand. The procedure itself includes general anesthesia, a hip-to-hip incision and possible liposuction. The intensity of the surgery does leave behind some scarring, which can be hidden below your bathing suit and is minimal around your belly button. The surgery also requires about a week off of work. Despite the downtime required, the results of a slim and toned stomach are incredible and make tummy tuck a popular option.

A major difference between tummy tuck and mini tummy tuck is the reasoning behind going through with the procedure. A mini tummy tuck is ideal for those wanting to remove smaller amounts of abdominal fat and skin. Since the target area is much smaller with a mini tummy tuck, the preparation is minimal, but does require patients to stop smoking. The procedure itself uses local anesthesia and the small incision leaves no scarring. The smaller incision makes the recovery time less than a week and includes some discomfort and tightness in your abdomen. Even with the differences between the procedures, mini tummy tuck still provides the same great results of a slim and toned stomach.

Overall, the major appeals of mini tummy tuck are speed, ease and affordability. These benefits are notable, but if you are seeking a more drastic reduction in stomach appearance due to pregnancy or weight gain, tummy tuck is a more appropriate procedure.

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2015 Plastic Surgery Trends

2015 looks like it will be another big year for plastic surgery! There are effective overall trends as well as groundbreaking facial trends that will be prevalent throughout the year.

In order to get the most accurate portrayal of the future, we began by looking into the past. We researched relevant surgical data to gain a strong foundation. Our plastic surgery considerations included types of procedures, amount of procedures and male and female representation. We then analyzed this data to determine what had been most popular over the past few years to establish a strong basis for our 2015 predictions.

We began our predictions by presenting the overall trends of 2015. We highlighted the specific areas that would receive the most attention as well as presented which procedures would be most sought after. These overall trends included an increasing amount of male plastic surgery procedures and new ways to obtain your ideal image in a shorter time period. Finally, we moved to specific facial trends. Facial trends will increase in popularity throughout 2015 through both small changes and innovative treatments.

Taking a look back at surgical data and what has been gaining ground helped us develop a comprehensive plan of what will be popular this year. Whether it’s exciting new developments, quick fixes or results-oriented favorites, we determined what will make the biggest impact on our bodies in 2015.


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Meet Our Physician Team

Victoria Karlinsky
Claudia J. Kim, D.O.
Benjamin Liliav, MD
Carey J. Nease, MD
Rita Shats, M.D. Cosmetic Gynecology in Manhattan

Victoria Karlinsky-Bellini, M.D., Claudia J. Kim, D.O., Benjamin Liliav, M.D.Carey J. Nease, M.D. & 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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