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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.

Tummy Tuck / Mini Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, technical name abdominoplasty, can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen, increasing comfort and confidence levels by restoring tummy tone.

Why choose abdominoplasty?

If your abdomen has been affected by a cycle of weight gain and loss or impacted by pregnancy or ageing and loss of skin laxity, abdominoplasty surgery also known as a tummy tuck may be an option. A tummy tuck reduces the appearance of your abdomen through removal of excess skin and fat. Individuals often find that this body contouring procedure helps them to feel more content, giving them the self-confidence to wear the clothes they would ideally like to wear.

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What can abdominoplasty achieve?

  • Restore tummy tone after weight loss and gain
  • Remove stubborn excess skin or fatty deposits
  • Shape and tone after pregnancy
  • Can help ease lower back pain and improve posture
  • Boost your confidence for exercise or clothing choices

What are the alternatives to abdominoplasty?

If your fat deposits and area of loose skin are largely in the area below the navel, you may select to undergo a less complex procedure called a partial abdominoplasty or mini tummy tuck. Another option is to have abdominoplasty alongside liposuction for improved body contouring or to undergo liposuction on its own. Dr Cotrufo will be happy to take you through the options best suited to your goals during your consultation.

Before your abdominoplasty

Clear communications between yourself and your cosmetic surgery team are vital for a relaxed and comfortable surgery experience. You will start to establish these before surgery takes place during your initial consultation with your surgeon.

During you consultation you will:

  • Be able to discuss your circumstances
  • Be given time to ask advice and pose questions to Dr Cotrufo
  • Undergo a health evaluation
  • Have a full assessment of your skin tone and the fat deposits and/or loose skin in the abdomen area
  • Discuss the options that are open to you, including costs and timescales
  • Ask about risks, benefits and alternatives to abdominoplasty
  • Learn more about the tummy tuck procedure

In the run up to your procedure and in the days immediately before surgery, you may be asked to make small changes to your lifestyle and to avoid certain medications or 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 overexposure in the sun, particularly to the abdomen
  • Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet

If you need a general anaesthetic for your procedure you will be given instructions on how to fast before your surgery.

The abdominoplasty/tummy tuck procedure

  • Depending on the complexity of your personal procedure, a tummy tuck will commonly last between 2 and 5 hours
  • The steps of the surgical procedure will vary if you are also undergoing other treatments such as liposuction but it will generally involve the removal of some fatty deposits and excess skin
  • To do this, your surgeon will make incisions from hipbone to hipbone and to free the navel from surrounding tissue
  • Incisions are usually made at the level of the underwear line in order to conceal any possible scarring
  • Your tummy muscles may also be tightened during the procedure
  • Once the incision(s) is stitched, dressings are applied and temporary tubes inserted to drain excess fluid away

The partial abdominoplasty/mini tummy tuck procedure

  • A mini tummy tuck procedure will generally last between 1 and 2.5 hours
  • During a mini tummy tuck, a shorter incision is made and the navel usually remains in place, though it may be reshaped when the skin is tightened and stitched
  • The skin is separated only between the incision line and the navel. This skin flap is stretched down, the excess removed and the flap is stitched back into place

After your tummy tuck procedure

Once your procedure is complete you are likely to feel bruised and sore, and you may find you have a drip in your arm to maintain hydration. You should be up and around in 24 to 48 hours and we advise a friend or relative drives you home to help you with your tummy tuck recovery.

After that:

  • You will be able to remove the small drainage tubes inserted during surgery once fluid production reduces
  • Moderate pain and discomfort is likely for 3 to 5 days
  • You should be able to wash with moderately warm water on the second day after your surgery
  • During the healing process, you will need to dress your wound as instructed by the clinic team
  • You will be able to return to normal activities after 2 weeks but should continue to avoid strenuous exercise of all types for up to 6 weeks
  • Most of the swelling should subside within 4 to 6 weeks, though it may take up to 3 months for the area to return to normal
  • A series of aftercare appointments will be scheduled for you to attend, Dr Cotrufo will also be available to discuss your progress via telephone

Do you have more questions about abdominoplasty?

There are a number of differences between a mini tummy tuck and a full abdominoplasty, if you would like to learn more about these variances or what type of procedure is most suited to your personal circumstances and goals, our expert surgeon Dr Cotrufo will be able to guide you through this information. Dr Cotrufo is an expert cosmetic surgeon and reconstructive microsurgery. He has a great deal of experience in carrying out this procedure and is able to carry out tummy tucks with minimal scarring. Should you have any further questions about the procedure or his experience, you can book a consultation by calling 0207 873 2330.

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.