Arm Procedures


The plastic surgery field has grown exponentially in recent years which means your options for doctors and practices have grown as well. So how do you know if you’re getting the highest quality service? Before considering surgery, you should always do your homework on the procedure and the doctor in question. There’s no one more qualified than Dr. Zelken to handle your plastic surgery needs. He trained in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital followed by a highly competitive fellowship in microsurgery. Licensed in both California and New York, Dr. Zelken is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Beyond our credentials, the Our clinic for Aesthetic Medicine in Newport Beach, CA, offers our clients personalized care that fits your lifestyle and accomplishes your goals. Whether you’re looking for enhanced toning, scar reduction, fat removal or treatment for skin cancer, you’ve come to the right place.

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Arm procedures reduce fat in stubborn areas while tightening the skin, helping your arms look their best.

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Many factors can cause the skin on your arms to droop. Fluctuations in weight, aging and genetics can all be culprits. Regardless of the cause, no one wants “flab”. When it comes to sagging skin under your arms, exercise and weight training often fail to solve the problem.

If the bottom of your upper arms sag or appear fat because of excess loose skin, an arm lift (brachioplasty) might be the perfect solution. The procedure reduces sagging skin by tightening and smoothing the underlying supportive tissue, thereby helping to define the shape of the upper arm. Because of the important blood vessels and nerves that span your upper arm, it is imperative that you find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform this surgery.

There will be some swelling and bruising from the arm lift surgery itself, but you should see positive results almost immediately following your operation. To maintain lasting results, it’s important that you keep your weight consistent and exercise regularly. As your body ages, it’s normal for some elasticity to decline, but most of the improvements will be permanent. One of the downsides of arm lift surgery is that a scar is created. At the Jonathan Zelken, MD, we have numerous strategies to prevent and correct unsightly scarring, but the fact remains that a scar will exist.

Fortunately, some men and women are candidates for a procedure called BodyTite. This procedure uses radiofrequency heating to heat up the deep tissues of the arm. It creates deep internal scarring that slowly contracts over time. When combined with liposuction, there is visible improvement of both the visible bulk and tone of the arms. This procedure is not for everyone but be sure to ask about it during your consultation with Dr. Zelken.


When you lose a considerable amount of weight, it’s reason to celebrate. However, after the weight loss, almost everyone has the same nagging (and sagging) problem: skin. Extra skin after dramatic weight loss can be a pesky problem that does not or cannot go away on its own. Sadly, your skin and tissues often lack the elasticity to assimilate to your new decreased body size. Surgical body contouring after major weight loss removes skin and excess fat while enhancing the form of the support tissue. If you’re looking for smoother contours and a more firm appearance, then you might want to look into body contouring.

Body contouring procedures can range from your head to your toes (almost). It can include anything from a face lift, arm lift, circumferential body lift, breast lift, tummy tuck, lower body and medial thigh lift.

Following surgery, you should see results immediately. However, it can take two years or potentially even longer to see the final outcomes. Of course, everyone is different, so talk to Dr. Zelken to see what will work best for you.


Life happens. Aging, sun damage, pregnancy, significant changes in weight and other genetic factors can drastically alter your looks. That’s completely normal, but you don’t have to accept it. That’s where a body lift comes in. This unique procedure tones and enhances the form of your tissue, which supports skin and fat, by removing excess sagging skin and fat. The procedure can even make cellulite less noticeable.

The main parts of the body that are normally affected are the abdominal area, buttocks, groin or thighs, but the arms can also be affected. The good news is that we can complete this procedure on any of these parts of the body and you’ll be able to see results almost instantly.

Just want to eliminate fat? Body lifts aren’t intended for that. Liposuction can eliminate fat deposits where your skin is more elastic and can bounce back more easily. In circumstances of less-than-ideal elasticity, a combination of liposuction and body lift techniques may be needed. As always, schedule your consultation today and talk over your specific needs with Dr. Zelken.


Dr. Zelken offers more than strictly cosmetic procedures. He has considerable experience in hand surgery as well. So if your hand function is diminished in any way, it can be improved by surgery. This very specialized operation can treat certain diseases that can cause pain and impair the strength, function and flexibility of your wrist and palms. Common hand problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, nerve pain, ganglion cysts, and even hand aging can often be treated awake, in the comfort of our procedure room.

We all need our hands on a daily basis. Functioning without a fully operational hand is a difficult feat. Illness, injury or a congenital deformity (one present at birth) may diminish the ability to control our hands in order to grasp, pinch, wave, touch, shake hands or perform countless other daily functions that most people take for granted. Regardless of your issue, from trauma to the hand or carpal tunnel syndrome, Dr. Zelken can help.


Scars can leave a lasting impression. Even though scars are a natural part of healing after surgery or an accident, they can be quite unpredictable in their growth and coloration. They can be unsightly and even decrease self-esteem.

Scar revision is offered to refine the condition or appearance of a scar on your body. Scar revision operations seek to minimize the appearance of the scar, making it more uniform with your surrounding skin tone and texture. The different types of scars include:

Discoloration and surface irregularity scars: These scars are simply superficial and do not cause pain or interfere with your daily life. They can be the result of acne or due to a minor injury or prior surgical incisions.

Hypertrophic scars: These scars are deep clusters of scar tissue that develop at a wound site. Many are raised, red and/or uncomfortable. They can grow wider over time and often do not match the color of your skin.

Keloids: These scars are much bigger than hypertrophic scars. They can be painful or itchy and may also pucker. Keloids expand beyond the edges of an original wound or incision. They can come up anywhere on your body, but frequently develop where there is negligible underlying fatty tissue, such as on the breastbone or shoulders.

Contractures: These are the hardest scars to live with as they restrict movement due to skin and underlying tissues that pull together tightly during the healing process. They occur when there is a large amount of tissue loss, such as after a burn. Contractures also form where a wound crosses a joint, restricting movement of the fingers, elbows, knees or neck.


Liposuction is the most well-known cosmetic procedure. With this unique procedure, you’ll be slimmed and reshaped, while we get rid of extra fat in specific areas of the body. To improve your body contours and general proportions, we can remove excess fat from basically any part of the body where you have fat. This procedure can be performed by itself or accompanied with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.

If you are not happy about your excess fat deposits in your arms that don’t get better with either diet or exercise, liposuction may be the right choice for you.


The diagnosis of cancer is never good. While the most important goal is to effectively treat skin cancer, no one wants to be disfigured or look any different after removal and treatment of skin cancer. When you visit Dr. Zelken for your skin cancer removal, you can rest assured that he will do everything in his power to make you look and feel as good as possible while treating your skin cancer.

Some visible scars will always remain at incision sites of skin cancer removal, but Dr. Zelken will make sure it’s as minimal as possible.

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