Which Liposuction Options Are Right for You?

POSTED ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 AT 10:24 AM by Dr. Elie Levine

With winter around the corner, it’s time to cover up. As the arctic air and blowing snow arrives, people take refuge in layers of thermals and heavy coats to protect themselves from the winter chill. This may be a perfect opportunity for those considering a body sculpting procedure. The winter months allow for ample time to recover from liposuction before the summer arrives! But how do you know which form of liposuction is right for you? Below are some of the liposuction methods we utilize here at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC. These liposuction options can treat a variety of areas, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and more!

Tumescent Liposuction and Super Wet Liposuction

When undergoing tumescent liposuction, a solution is injected into the treatment area to reduce patient discomfort and to prepare the area for fat removal. Upon injection, the targeted area becomes firm and makes fat cells easier and safer to suction. Cannulas are then inserted to begin gently removing fat from the area, often without the need for general anesthesia. Those looking to selectively target areas of fat can do so with tumescent liposuction.

Super wet liposuction is similar to tumescent liposuction in that it uses a specialized solution to treat the target area. However, super wet liposuction uses a smaller volume injected than the tumescent liposuction technique (approximately half the amount of solution).

Power Assisted Liposuction

Power assisted liposuction (PAL) uses a specialized electric device to create an oscillating cannula so that fat can be easily suctioned. This is very effective when treating larger areas.


SmartLipo® is an advanced liposuction technique utilizing laser technology to remove stubborn pockets of fat while promoting skin tightening. SmartLipo® is ideal for targeting smaller concentrations of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. The SmartLipo® laser can liquefy fat before being suctioned out. Additionally, the laser’s heat stimulates collagen growth to reinforce skin structure and produce a tightening effect.

VASER LipoSelection®

VASER® LipoSelection uses ultrasound technology to precisely target localized areas of fat. VASER® LipoSelection sends ultrasound energy to the affected area, making it easier to remove fat. Like SmartLipo®, VASER® LipoSelection also yields skin tightening results in the months following your VASER® procedure.

These liposuction techniques can be combined in order to achieve optimal results! Additionally, liposuction may be utilized alongside both surgical and non-surgical body sculpting or facial rejuvenation procedures to meet the needs of each patient.

NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about tumescent liposuction, super wet liposuction, power assisted liposuction, SmartLipo®, and VASER® LipoSelection, as well as our other body sculpting procedures! Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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Achieve Graceful Curves with Submental Liposuction and LazerLift!

POSTED ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 AT 3:11 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Advancements in technology have allowed for some of the most minimally-invasive treatments available! Patients who have concentrated pockets of excess fat can now target these areas with precision. One such location is the area underneath the chin. These excess fat cells—also known as submental fat cells—are often tough to eliminate with traditional methods of fat loss.

Cutting-edge procedures, however, have allowed for the specific targeting of these cells to reduce submental fullness. New York plastic surgeon Dr. Elie Levine can combine numerous procedures to achieve a graceful neck and jawline, including submental liposuction, SmartLipo, VASER® LipoSelection, and LazerLift, among others.

Submental Liposuction

Submental liposuction can target the area underneath the chin, as well as the upper neckline, to help create natural-looking contours. Patients with a moderate amount of excess fat can undergo submental liposuction to gently remove localized fat from the submental area.

Advanced Liposuction Techniques

Additionally, specialized liposuction methods can aid in crafting an elegant facial profile. VASER® LipoSelection utilizes ultrasound energy to selectively target submental fat cells, while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. SmartLipo® is another minimally-invasive option that delivers controlled laser energy to firm skin and remove small pockets of fat.


Once excess fat is removed, Dr. Levine can sculpt the submental area to add youthful definition! LazerLift is a minimally-invasive option to tighten sagging skin for smooth curves around the chin and jawline. LazerLift uses laser technology to safely heat the area under the surface of your skin to promote tissue tightening and stimulate natural collagen production for sculpted, natural-looking results.

These are just some of our submental fat solutions! Dr. Levine will help craft a personalized treatment plan to suit your specific needs and desired results.

NYC plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and the staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about submental liposuctionSmartLipo®, VASER® LipoSelection, and LazerLift, as well as our other procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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Liposuction for A Slim Shape and Tight Bikini Body!

POSTED ON TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015 AT 3:07 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Bikini season is here! Are there certain “problem” areas preventing you from wearing your favorite bikini? You may find yourself struggling to lose those last few inches of stubborn fat around your abdomen and thighs in time to flaunt your figure. However, advancements in liposuction techniques have made the process of slimming stubborn fat areas more efficient, less invasive, and resulting in less downtime compared to traditional techniques! At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, we provide individualized liposuction procedures to target your problem areas and achieve your desired results.

Slim and Shape Your Body!

You can target unwanted fat with precision thanks to our VASER LipoSelection procedure. This technique uses ultrasound energy to remove fat from most areas of the body! VASER LipoSelection is effective for areas such as the thighs, abdomen, and back. During this procedure, ultrasound energy is used to eliminate fat cells while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed; this results in less bruising and discomfort compared to more traditional liposuction procedures. The VASER LipoSelection procedure also promotes skin tightening weeks after your procedure for progressive, natural-looking results.

Achieve A Tight Physique!

SmartLipo is another advanced liposuction technique. This method uses lasers to tighten skin and eliminate stubborn fat. SmartLipo is perfect for patients who want to slim down and firm up the neck, buttocks, or upper arms. In addition, SmartLipo can fight cellulite! Our New York plastic surgeon can combine SmartLipo with Cellulaze treatment in order to tighten skin and reduce dimpling in areas like the upper thighs and buttocks caused by pockets of localized fat known as cellulite.

Our NY Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about VASER LipoSelection, SmartLipo, and our other liposuction procedures. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation!


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Combine Diet and Exercise with Body Sculpting for Optimal Results This Year

POSTED ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015 AT 9:44 AM by Dr. Elie Levine

If you are considering a body sculpting procedure such as liposuction this new year, preparing for your procedure by following a healthy lifestyle will allow you to maintain those fantastic results. In order to get the most out of any surgery, it is recommended that you lay the groundwork for success by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

The goal is to lose excess weight and make your procedure safer and more effective.

A general guideline for body sculpting preparation is to get as close to your ideal bodyweight as possible before surgery. Liposuction is NOT a substitute for weight loss!

Instead, it is an excellent option for patients looking to sculpt their body by smoothing areas of excess fat—especially particularly stubborn areas that do not respond well to exercise and weight loss attempts, such as flanks, outer and inner thighs, and the lower belly.

What To Know About Our Liposuction Procedures



Post-Op Care

Performed in our state of the art, accredited, in-office surgical suite

Go home same day

Compression garment recommended for 1-2 weeks

Surgery time varies, depending on the areas to be treated; can range from 1-4 hours

Back to work varies, depending on extent of procedure; can range from 1 day to 1 week

Sutures will dissolve on their own

Only minimal incisions needed

Light exercise in 3-7 days

Post-operative lymphatic massage may be recommended

Local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure

More strenuous exercise in 2-3 weeks



In order to insure that you maintain your incredible results, you must continue your habits of healthy living. By continuing to exercise and eat a balanced diet, you will see more noticeable results for years following your procedure.

Here at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC, our liposuction and body sculpting procedures are custom designed to suit each individual patient. Dr. Elie Levine, Dr. Jody Levine and their staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you may have about body sculpting. Please call our New York office at 212-988-1800 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation!


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