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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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Body Sculpting Post-Bariatric Surgery: A Healthier You

POSTED ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2014 AT 11:11 AM by Dr. Elie Levine

Bariatric surgery is a life changing procedure, giving patients a new lease on life, elevating your self-esteem and laying the foundation for a new, improved lifestyle. Although you may be shedding away pounds and feeling renewed, the weight loss journey is not finished. Post-bariatric surgery, pounds of excess skin may hang over your body, hindering your mobility, preventing you from losing additional weight, and often causing rashes. Clothing selection may still be limited and uncomfortable as well, despite having lost weight, because of awkward folds of hanging skin. At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, we stand behind your weight loss journey, offering the final surgical step to your weight loss success, body sculpting. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, can design a treatment plan that suits your individual needs, getting you one step closer to your ideal body.

Post-bariatric surgery, every area of your body is affected from the dramatic weight loss. Your stomach, legs, arms, face, and chest may be effected. An array of procedures are available to correct the results of extreme weight loss, so you can enjoy a more mobile lifestyle and the quality of life that you deserve:

Sagging Skin
Your arms, back, stomach and buttocks can experience dramatic affects post weight loss. This sagging skin may cause skin irritation, chafing, and prevent clothes from fitting correctly. Our plastic surgeon removes excess skin to help contour these areas for a more sculpted you. Additionally, after extreme weight loss, your breasts may experience sagging, decreased size, loss of symmetry, and even appear “deflated.” Dr. Levine can correct your breasts with breast implants and/or a breast lift, bringing the perky positioning back to your chest.

Rubbing Thighs
Often producing some of the most dramatic results, a thigh lift takes away sagging and excess skin from the inner and outer thigh areas and gives you a much slimmer appearance. Thigh contours are improved for more form-fitting clothing.

Hanging Jowls
Sagging skin on your face and neck area adds years to your appearance. For a more youthful you, our plastic surgeon recommends tightening the skin in your neck and face area. By repositioning this skin with a facelift or necklift, your face will appearance substantially younger and refreshed! Fat transfer can also help smooth the look of hanging jowls. Less invasive than a traditional facelift, fat is taken from a donor location, such as the abdomen or thighs, and inserted throughout the face to create enhanced facial fullness. 

Stubborn Fat
Even after losing hundreds of pounds, trouble areas of fat may not be conquered with diet and exercise alone. Liposuction can remove small deposits of fat to shape remaining flabby areas.

Stretch Marks
Stretch marks may still mar skin even after weight loss. Using laser skin resurfacing, a more evenly toned and textured skin can be established.

Each body sculpting procedure is custom designed to suit you and your body’s needs. Dr. Elie Levine and his staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you may have about a body lift in NYC. Please call our New York office at 212-988-1800, or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.

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Scar Revision Surgery For Clearer Skin

POSTED ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 AT 6:18 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

A scar, no matter how big or the location, can be a daunting blemish on your skin. It can remind you of a traumatic experience, raise questions from others, and have a lasting effect on your self-esteem. Although scars can be caused by various occurrences, including skin conditions, surgical incisions, injuries, burns, or major trauma, they all incur similar aesthetic concerns that you may want reduced or eliminated if you’re embarrassed or self-conscious about your scar. At Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, can custom design a treatment plan for your scar revision needs, helping to reduce the appearance of your scar.

Treatment plans to address your scar will be determined during your personal consultation. Some treatments that may be considered include:

  • Mechanical Scar Massage: Can aid in flattening scars.
  • Topical Agents: Topical silicone sheets and gels can improve the appearance of scars. Some agents can reduce the appearance of small scars with minor discoloration or texture impurities.
  • Steroid Injections: Decrease the appearance of raised scar tissue and eliminate discomfort.
  • Laser Treatments For Color: Laser light therapy can improve the color of scars.
  • Laser Skin Resurfacing: This treatment reduces scar tissue and creates a smoother texture by stimulating growth of new skin cells.
  • Surgery: Repositioning the scar can decrease discomfort, contracture, and increase mobility.
  • Dermal Fillers: Fillers have the ability to fill in depressions and smooth areas of concern, making scars less noticeable.

Improve the appearance of your scar with an individualized treatment plan created by our dermatologist and plastic surgeon. We welcome any questions you may have about scar revision at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation! 

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NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine Featured in New Beauty!

POSTED ON TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014 AT 1:35 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

Dr. Elie Levine’s bio was featured in New Beauty Magazine! Read the full article to find out Dr. Levine’s most requested procedure, his philosophy for a great patient-doctor relationship, and more! 

Read more about Dr. Elie Levine here: New York City Plastic Surgeon

NYC Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine, and our NYC dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine, and staff at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology of NYC welcome any questions you may have about our plastic surgery services. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation! 


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2014 Beauty Resolutions: how to meet your New Years’ goals and remain slim all season.

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014 AT 7:01 PM by Dr. Elie Levine

What’s your 2014 beauty resolution? For many, meeting the goal of a more confident, beautiful appearance tops the list of goals for the New Year, but before you go in for your rejuvenated look check out what to know before plastic surgery.  Getting to your ideal weight and healthy habits before surgery promotes quick healing and an easier transition to the “new you.” Start out as a healthy patient with these pre and post-operative tips from NY plastic surgeon, Dr. Elie Levine.

Before Surgery:

Dieting: In some case, patients may follow a strict diet to become candidates for procedures they may not have otherwise qualified for, such as liposuction. No matter what procedure you are planning to undergo however, a healthy diet will help your body prepare for surgery.

Medication: Avoid using medications that carry a risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, Motrin, and Vitamin E. These products should be avoided 2 weeks before surgery and after surgery. Consult with your plastic surgeon for the best advice.    

Lifestyle Choices: You may be advised to eliminate alcohol intake prior to your surgery and eliminate caffeine intake.

After Surgery:

Dieting: Following surgery, you should drink lots of fluids, preferably water, and eat well. A continued healthy diet will keep your body happy and allow it to take the necessary energy it needs to help you recover.

Medication: Patients should always take pain medication as advised to ensure the fastest recovery. Pain can make your blood pressure go up which leads to increased swelling and bleeding. So, it is important you follow your plastic surgeons instructions.

Lifestyle Choices: Do not smoke and avoid alcohol consumption while taking medications. Smoking delays healing and can lead to complications.

Exercise: While you may be bed-ridden for a day or so following surgery, most procedures will allow you to be up and about. Movement will increase blood flow and encourage faster healing times. In many cases, you will be asked to avoid heavy lifting. Your board certified plastic surgeon will discuss your individual situation with you following surgery.

Follow-up appointments: Be sure attend any follow-up appointments your plastic surgeon recommends to ensure your recovery is running smoothly. He will recommend any further suggestions to speed-up your recovery following plastic surgery.

Your care shouldn’t end when you go home. Our NY plastic surgeon, dermatologist, and staff are dedicated to providing ongoing follow-up care for every patient. We welcome any questions you may have about your surgery and encourage you to ask questions. Contact our office at 212.988.1800, or request an appointment online today for your personal consultation! 


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