Body Plastic Surgery


Body plastic surgery is a broad category of procedures focused on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms. Typically, when we’re referring to it, we’re talking about liposuction to remove stubborn fat, abdominoplasty to remove excess skin from the abdominal wall and contour the torso, or body lifts to tighten and tone your body after weight loss. Regardless of their goals, patients for body plastic surgery at our Long Island clinic benefit from our total focus on patient wellness. 

Options for Body Plastic Surgery on Long Island

Based on a customized patient assessment, we offer three different options for body plastic surgery at our Long Island clinic, often combining procedures as indicated to give the best clinical outcome.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat deposits from specific areas of the body through suction, helping to contour and reshape stubborn problem spots related to localized fat excess.


Abdominoplasty, commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while tightening the underlying muscles for a flatter and firmer abdomen.

Body Lift

A body lift is a surgical procedure that aims to address sagging skin and excess fat circumferentially around the body, including the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and arms, by removing the excess skin and tightening the remaining tissues to achieve a more toned and sculpted appearance.


While sticking to a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen are the best ways to lose weight, many people can’t seem to get rid of stubborn fat pockets from problem areas. This is particularly true for the legs, buttocks, hips, stomach, arms, chin, and neck. Liposuction can make the body look more sculpted and toned, thereby increasing one’s body image and level of self-assurance. 

First, a small incision is made in the area to be treated. Next, a thin, hollow tube is inserted into the incision, and fat is suctioned out and discarded. Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia and can last two or more hours. Common side effects include temporary bruising, numbness, soreness, and burning sensations, but most will subside within a few days or weeks. Once the area has healed, the patient should notice a firmer, tighter physique. Liposuction can also be performed along with an abdominoplasty or body lift to treat surrounding areas of the torso to sculpt the silhouette.


Some people do dozens of crunches and abdominal exercises a day and still find it impossible to lose the excess fat and skin around the midsection. Luckily, there is a solution—abdominoplasty. Also known as a “tummy tuck,” abdominoplasty is a cosmetic procedure sure to give you sleeker, more defined abs.

Abdominoplasty begins with an incision made from one hip to the other, creating a skin flap. Next, the skin is separated from the abdominal muscles, which are then tightened, narrowing the waistline and flattening the midsection. The flap of skin is then folded down and excess skin is removed. Lastly, the flap is replaced and the incision is stitched closed. The procedure takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the needed work. Bruising and swelling (which typically subside within 10 days) are this procedure’s most common side effects.

Body Lift

The benefits of substantial weight loss are seemingly endless—improved overall health, a boost in confidence, and even a better outlook on life. But unfortunately, extreme weight loss can leave the skin stretched, sagging, and loose, especially for patients who have had bariatric surgery.

A body lift is performed to trim away excess skin and tighten the remaining tissue, leaving the body taut and toned. The techniques used in a body lift are very similar to those used in abdominoplasty, except that a body lift is a more involved, in-depth procedure. The tissue removed is usually circumferential around the torso, and the lifting effect can improve the appearance of sagging buttocks and thighs often seen with extreme weight loss. Body lift results can be life-changing.

Why Choose Harris Plastic Surgery for Your Body Contouring 

If you’re considering body plastic surgery procedures like liposuction, abdominoplasty, and body lifts, Harris Plastic Surgery offers the best patient experience. What sets us apart is our detailed approach to patient care. 

Dr. Harris takes the time to get to know you, your goals, and your concerns. He listens attentively, answering all your questions and addressing any doubts you may have. During your consultation, you’ll also receive a physical exam where Dr. Harris will assess your physical condition and provide guidance on the best procedures to achieve your goals. 

This detailed consultation ensures that the treatment plan is completely customized to your needs and desires. You’ll feel comfortable and supported every step of the way as Dr. Harris provides expert guidance and explains the procedure in a way that’s easy to understand. 

With Harris Plastic Surgery, you can trust that you’re making the right choice for body plastic surgery on Long Island. Whether you’re interested in getting rid of stubborn fat or undergoing a dramatic transformation in tone and contour, we can help you achieve the body of your dreams.

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