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Thigh Lift

Thigh lift surgery helps to re-shape your thighs, to gain smoother looking skin, and to give them a more proportionate appearance to the contours of your lower body.

Why choose thigh lift surgery?

Growing older and fluctuations in weight are the most common reasons for our thighs and skin to appear drooping and sagging. If you feel self-conscious and lack confidence in the appearance of your thighs, this surgery can help by removing excess skin and fat to give a firmer looking and more toned thigh area.

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What can a thigh lift achieve?

  • Improve the shape of your thighs
  • Smoother looking skin
  • Put the contours of your lower body more in proportion
  • No more sagging and drooping
  • Confidence in the appearance of your upper legs

What are the alternatives to a thigh lift?

Your surgeon will speak with you about possible alternatives to thigh lift surgery such as liposuction, which, in some cases, may be performed alongside or instead of a thigh lift.

Before your thigh lift procedure

Every thigh lift surgery is different and tailored to the needs of the individual patient, that’s why establishing good communication between you and your surgeon is essential. A relaxed and comfortable surgery experience starts with open discussion of your personal goals within your thigh lift surgery consultation.

During you consultation you will:

  • Have the opportunity to ask Dr Cotrufo to ask questions about details of the thigh lift procedure
  • Highlight your reasons for seeking surgery
  • Complete a full health evaluation and lower body examination
  • Discuss the surgical and non-surgical options that are open to you, as well as costs and timescales

As your procedure approaches, you may be asked to make small alterations to your lifestyle or to avoid particular activities and medications, this is to ensure you are in the best possible health for surgery.

To make sure you are in the best health before your thigh lift, the surgeon may ask you to make some vital lifestyle changes in the run up to surgery. This can include:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Refraining from drinking alcohol
  • Refraining from any stringent diets
  • Adjusting or taking certain medications
  • Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Avoiding overexposure to the sun, especially to the thigh area

The thigh lift procedure

  • The surgery normally takes around 2 hours but this depends on the extent of work required
  • Your surgeon will generally make incisions in the groin, extending downwards and wrapping around the back of the thigh, so that any scarring is as hidden as possible
  • The underlying tissue will be reshaped and tightened, with the reduced skin secured by sutures

After your thigh lift surgery

You are likely to feel tired and sore for a few days following your surgery, but you should be up and around in 24 to 48 hours and able to return home with a friend or relative.

  • There may be a drip in your arm to keep you hydrated after surgery. As soon as you can drink enough it will be removed
  • You may shower with mildly warm water on the second day after your operation and if you need pain relief

It is best to avoid these foods and activities for at least a month:

  • Hot and spicy food
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Activity that is more strenuous, including housework
  • Heavy lifting

The results of the thigh lift surgery are visible almost immediately afterwards. However, it will take several months for the final results to fully develop. During this time you will attend scheduled aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo, who will closely monitor your post procedure progress.

Still have thigh lift questions that you’d like answered?

Dr Cotrufo is an expert in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery. His extensive plastic surgery experience spans several continents and includes spells in some of the UK’s leading reconstructive surgery departments. Should you have any more questions about the thigh lift procedure, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.


Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure used on the body and face to remove excess fat that does not respond well to diet and exercise; it helps to contour the body and can boost self-confidence.

Why choose liposuction?

Even small areas of stubborn fat that do not respond to traditional weight loss or exercise can change the profile of your body and face, suction-assisted lipectomy allows you to target these specific areas, enhancing the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheek or neck.

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What can liposuction achieve?

  • Women use liposuction to shape the chin, their hips, thighs, knees, stomach and flanks as well as the under arm and breast area.
  • Men who seek liposuction commonly have liposuction to the chin, around the waist and to reduce enlarged breasts – known as gynecomastia.

What are the alternatives to liposuction?

There may be liposuction alternatives that are more suited to your problem areas. For example, if you want to change the appearance of your abdominal area, you may find a tummy tuck or a combination of traditional liposuction and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) would help you achieve your goals more effectively.

Before your liposuction procedure

Establishing which procedure is likely to be best for your specific needs and feeling confident and comfortable with your surgery journey is a process that requires good communication between you and your surgeon. This starts in your consultation, here you’ll have the opportunity to explain your personal circumstances and pose questions.

During you consultation you will:

  • Have the opportunity to explain your reasons for seeking liposcution
  • Be given time to ask advice and pose questions to Dr Cotrufo
  • Undergo a health evaluation
  • Have your fatty deposits and skin condition assessed
  • Discuss the body contouring options that are open to you, including costs and timescales
  • Talk through potential risks as well as benefits
  • Learn about the procedure and what will happen before, during and after your liposuction

In the run up to your fat removal surgery and in the days immediately prior, you may be asked to make lifestyle changes or to avoid particular medications and activities.

This may include:

  • Taking a blood test or other medical tests
  • Stopping smoking
  • Adjusting or taking certain medications
  • Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Refraining from drinking alcohol
  • Avoiding sun overexposure
  • Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet

If you require a general anaesthetic for the procedure you will be instructed how to fast.

The liposuction procedure

  • The time required for liposuction varies according to the extent of the procedure and number of surgeries being performed but it is usually under 2 hours
  • The size of the area, amount of fat being removed, type of anaesthesia and lipo technique being used will dictate how long the procedure will last
  • Tiny incisions are made into the skin and tubes used to remove the excess fatty tissue
  • In ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy and laser-assisted liposuction the fatty tissue is broken down further before being taken on

After liposuction

When you wake up you may find that you have a drip in your arm to maintain your hydration and it’s possible that a small drainage tube may be inserted under the skin to drain fluid away from the surgery area. Once you are able to drink and the fluid has reduced these will be removed. You may need to stay in the clinic overnight, after this:

  • You should ask a friend or relative to drive you home and assist with your liposuction recovery
  • You will be required to wear a snug elastic garment or wrapped bandages
  • You should walk around as soon as possible
  • Sutures will usually be removed within the first week by Dr Cotrufo
  • Most swelling should subside within 3 weeks though some may remain for 6 months
  • All types of vigorous exercise should be avoided for 1 month after surgery and you should also avoid hot and spicy foods
  • You will need to attend scheduled aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo, which are all included in the price of your surgery

Still have questions about liposuction?

Our expert cosmetic surgeon Dr Cotrufo is an expert in body contouring and has considerable experience of performing successful liposuction procedures. As a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery he has worked in some of the best hospitals in the world, including time served at the departments of reconstructive microsurgery in the Royal London Hospital and Royal Free Hospital. If you have any questions about liposuction and whether it is right for you or you would like to discuss the level of care you will receive throughout your surgery if you choose to attend our clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to book a personal consultation.

Vaser Liposuction

Sometimes, diet and exercise are not enough to banish fatty deposits that can negatively impact your self-esteem.

If you have tried traditional weight loss methods and are still battling with unpleasant fat build-ups, hope is available in the form of Vaser liposuction. Designed to help contour, shape and refine areas of the body, this treatment is a fantastic and effective alternative to other cosmetic surgery procedures. This type of liposuction can be used to treat stubborn fat build-ups in areas such as the thighs, tummy, hips (or “love handles”), knees, arms, and the neck and jawline, and provides instant results. If you are otherwise healthy and need help with targeted fat reduction, Vaser Liposuction can help.

Why have Vaser Liposuction?

There are many benefits associated with this type of minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment.

For a start, there is no need to undergo a general anaesthetic, and it is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can leave the clinic the same day. This type of treatment stimulates the natural production of collagen in the affected area, which can lead to longer-lasting results as well as tighter looking skin. Vaser lipo is perfectly suited to anyone who wants to treat stubborn areas of fat in order to improve his or her overall appearance. Having a slender, athletic physique is highly desirable, and yet problematic fat build-ups can hamper your figure and leave you feeling uncomfortable. If stubborn problem areas are causing you to suffer low self-esteem, Vaser liposuction is an effective way to achieve the results you want.

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What happens during Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser stands for “Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance”.

During this fat removal procedure, ultrasound technology is used to break down the fat cells, as opposed to a surgeon manually breaking these down using a cannula. A procedure suitable for both men and women, this type of liposuction is incredibly precise and accurate, ensuring the troublesome fat cells are targeted whilst leaving the surrounding tissue untouched.

Benefits and results

Unwanted body fat is a leading source of self-esteem issues, and can stop you from doing things you enjoy, such as wearing your favourite clothes.

With Vaser lipo, you can look and feel your best self, and get back to doing the things you love. Aesthetically, you will see immediate improved definition, and the removal of fat will result in a more contoured and defined appearance. This new sculpted look will in turn lead to increased self-esteem, helping you take pride in your appearance and feel ready for anything!

This minimally-invasive form of liposuction is available at our clinic, carried out by Dr. Cotrufo. An expert in achieving a natural look, Dr. Cotrufo is experienced and dedicated to helping patients achieve optimal results.

Calf Implants

Calf implants are used in calf augmentation, which is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for both men and women. The surgery increases the size and definition of the calf and different sized implants can be used to create balance between disproportioned limbs.

Why choose calf implants?

Whether you are unable to achieve the muscle tone and sculpt your lower leg in the way you desire or you have been left with smaller calf muscles or imbalanced muscles due to illness or injury, calf implants can create a contoured, defined look. Implants are matched to your body shape to create a natural look.

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What can calf implants achieve?

  • Create definition and sculpt the calf area
  • Bring proportion to underdeveloped leg muscles
  • Balance muscle definition between legs where illnesses like spina bifida, polio or clubfoot have made an impact
  • Boost confidence about appearance

Is there an alternative to calf augmentation surgery?

Each patient has unique circumstances, so it’s always advisable to speak to your surgeon to see if other surgical and non-surgical procedures are open to you. For example, you may want to explore the potential of fat grafting to add contours to your lower legs.

What to expect before your calf implant procedure

To ensure you feel as content and comfortable as possible throughout your surgery journey it is essential that good communications flow between you and your surgeon. You can begin to establish this relationship and to set expectations during your consultation.

During you calf surgery consultation you will:

  • Talk about your individual circumstances and why you think you may benefit from the procedure
  • Learn more about calf augmentation and calf implants
  • Have a full health evaluation
  • Undergo a leg assessment
  • Discuss the care the clinic will provide before, during and after your calf surgery
  • Talk through what other options may be open to you
  • Have the opportunity to pose questions and learn about timescales and costs

In the run up to your calf implant procedure you may be asked to make small alterations to your lifestyle, such as avoiding certain activities and medications.

This may include:

  • Taking medical tests including blood tests
  • Stopping smoking
  • Adjusting or taking certain medications
  • Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Refraining from drinking alcohol
  • Avoiding sun overexposure, particularly in the calf area
  • Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet

Those undergoing general anaesthetic will be given fasting instructions to follow.

The calf implant procedure

  • The length of time for surgery is generally 1-2 hours
  • A small incision is made in the crease behind the knee and the silicon implant is then positioned on top of the calf muscle
  • The incision is then sealed with absorbable sutures

After your calf implant surgery

Following your procedure, you will need to stay in the clinic overnight and you will need to rest with your legs elevated for the first 24-48 hours.

After that:

  • You should walk as soon as you feel able, starting off lightly then building
  • You should be able to return to work after 2 weeks
  • Strenuous activities of all kinds, including housework should be avoided for around 1 month
  • Exercise such as cycling, jogging or team sports, which could result in the implant moving, will need to be avoided for around two months
  • An aftercare schedule will be planned for you to attend appointments with Dr Cortufo, who will also be available to talk through your calf implant recovery progress

Still have questions about calf implants?

If you would like any further information about the calf implant procedure, your suitability for surgery or the service and aftercare you can expect to receive with us you, please book a personal consultation with our surgeon Dr Stefano Cotrufo. Dr Cotrufo is a cosmetic surgery expert who will be able to guide you through the options open to you. Call 0207 873 2330 to schedule an appointment.