New Year, New You!

2013 has been a busy year and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2014!

As we say goodbye to the current year, I wanted to thank my loyal patients for your support and wish you all a wonderful 2014. Our office building has seen a major construction project this past year (still unfinished), and we used the opportunity to perform a complete remodel of our office. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop in for a cup of freshly brewed coffee and take a quick tour of our gorgeous new facility!

What else happened in 2013?

Everything! We moved a step closer to the Holy Grail of plastic surgery.

This year saw the development of what may be the single most revolutionary procedure for rejuvenating aging skin and soft tissue. Not by pulling, freezing, burning or lasering, but truly repairing and restoring damaged skin. We call it Nano Stem Serum, and this is how it works:

I remain a leading edge surgeon and advocate for Natural Fat Transfer, where we use natural adipose (fat) tissue to fill lines and soften the thinning face as it ages. For reference, you can hear me talk about this in multiple short videos on my website. We now take the remaining, purified fat and gently process it to extract stem cells from the tissue and concentrate them into a smooth liquid. This serum is thin enough to be injected directly into damaged skin.

We can now make skin more healthy by placing growth factors and reparative stem cells exactly where we want them - in the skin! Injected into crows’ feet, upper lips lines and crepey skin, we see thickening and a smoother appearance. In the décolletage, we see softening and disappearance of wrinkles. We are also studying the effect of placing Nano Stem Serum into the lower eyelid skin for improvement of dark circles and skin discoloration.

Please feel free to call our office for any additional information we might be able to provide, and wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!

- Dr. K

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Lawrence M. Koplin , M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Bare Your Arms with Confidence with a Brachioplasty

Are you embarrassed by your upper arms? Maybe you’ve lost a lot of weight, and have excess skin. Or maybe you’re just getting older. You can strengthen and improve the muscle tone of the upper arm through exercise, but you won’t be able to tighten loose skin or get rid of localized fat deposits. But don’t worry; loose, flabby arms don’t have to keep you out of short sleeves. A brachioplasty, or upper arm lift, can tighten and smooth skin, and remove excess fat, giving you the confidence to wear whatever fashions you’d like.

Is a Brachioplasty Right For You?

A brachioplasty, also called a brachioplasty, reshapes the under portion of the upper arm, from the underarm region to the elbow. The procedure reduces excess sagging skin, tightens and smoothes underlying supportive tissues, and reduces localized pockets of fat in the upper arm region.

You may be a good candidate for a brachioplasty if you have any of the following conditions or feelings:

How is a Brachioplasty Performed?

A brachioplasty is accomplished through one of three possible types of incisions. The pattern and length of the incision depends on the amount and location of excess skin to be removed.

If fat is to be reduced during your arm lift, Dr. Koplin will excise it or treat it with liposuction.

Then, he’ll tighten and reshape underlying supportive tissues. Finally, he’ll smooth the skin over the new contour of your arm.

Learning about Your Options

Dr. Koplin will personally meet with you so that he understands your expectations and desired outcomes for a brachioplasty. During this initial meeting, Dr. Koplin will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle. He’ll go over your options, recommend a course of treatment, and explain likely outcomes of upper arm surgery.

How is Dr. Koplin’s Approach Unique?

Unlike other surgeons who do brachioplasty, Dr. Koplin prefers a unique method located within the armpit that avoids scarring on the underside of the arm. In addition to removing excess fat and skin, he can also remove sweat glands and hair follicles giving you the benefits of a smoother, more hairless underarm as the end result. Attention to detail, expertise in surgical technique, and pioneering work in the area of fat-grafting sets Dr. Koplin apart from other surgeons. For nearly 20 years, he has used a combination of these techniques to add natural softness and shapeliness to areas of the body.

Where is the Brachioplasty Operation Performed?

Your custom procedure will be performed in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility associated with our medical office. We are fully accredited by Medicare and AAAASF, and are held to the same standards as an operating room in a private or university hospital.

Your Brachioplasty Surgical Procedure

General anesthesia is the gold standard for this operation. Under this type of anesthesia, you are fully asleep; there is no pain and no awareness. Safety and comfort are paramount. Your anesthesia provider has a wealth of experience in facial procedures, safety, and care. You will spend one to two hours in a fully-monitored and state-of-the art recovery room at the surgery center. Your registered nurse will be at your side every moment to attend to your safety and comfort.

Brachioplasty Recovery and Convalescence

After your brachioplasty, we’ll place your arms in a custom compression garment to minimize swelling.

You have several options for recovery: you may choose to have professional care, to stay in a recovery center, or recover at home. If you wish to recover at home, you must have someone stay with you the first night. We’ll send you home with specific care instructions, as well as information about medications that can aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your overall health, and when to follow-up with Dr. Koplin.

What to Expect After a Brachioplasty:

The First Week:

You’ll want to keep your arms slightly elevated on pillows while sleeping.

You’ll see results almost immediately following your procedure, although you may have some bruising and swelling during the early part of your recovery.

You may have a feeling of tightness in the upper arms. This is due to swelling, is normal, and rapidly fades with time.

Avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications for the first few days after your surgery. Stay away from smoking: even exposure to second-hand smoke may cause delays in your healing process.

Dr. Koplin exclusively uses dissolving sutures that are hidden under the skin, so there are none to be removed and never any “Frankenstein” marks!

The Second Week and Beyond:

You may resume lower body activities and exercise as early as one week after surgery. Most patients are back at work by then as well.

Depending on the type and extent of your upper arm surgery, you may begin exercise of upper body and arms after the second week.

If you’d like to find out how you could go sleeveless with pride, please schedule your consultation today

To view a list of all procedures, visit our Procedure List page.