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. This procedure is often chosen by patients after massive weight loss and bariatric patients. Thigh lift surgery represents the only solution for patients with excess skin that will not contract on its own. This procedure is also recommended for those patients who had liposuction with residual skin laxity.

Why choose thigh lift surgery?

Growing older and fluctuations in weight are the most common reasons for our thighs and skin appearing droopy and saggy. 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 skin

  • 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. Thigh lift surgery can be combined with Extended Abdominoplasty as a Body Lift Surgery.

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 YOUR THIGH LIFT CONSULTATION, YOU WILL:
  • Have the opportunity to ask Dr Cotrufo questions about the 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

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

  • Stopping alcohol consumption

  • Refraining from any stringent diets

  • Adjusting or stop 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

  • All drains and sutures are usually removed within 10 days after your surgery

  • You may shower with mildly warm water on the second day after your operation and if you need pain relief

  • You may notice some bruising around your lower body, which is to be expected, and will subside in about 7-14 days

  • 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 some of the UK’s leading plastic surgery departments.

Should you have any more questions about the thigh lift procedure, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.

Liposuction

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure used on the body and face to remove excess fat that does not respond well to diet and exercise; liposuction helps to contour the body and can boost self-confidence. Dr Cotrufo performs all different types of Liposuction including VASER, Laser, Traditional and Power-assisted procedures. Dr Cotrufo has only 5 stars reviews on both Google and RealSelf, thanks to the amazing results he achieves with his body sculpting. Dr Cotrufo has more than 12 years experience in mastering the liposuction technique and will certainly provide you with the best possible advice for your body contouring surgery.

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. Ultimately liposuction aims to restore a more masculine or feminine profile. In selected cases, Dr Cotrufo recommends using the VASER liposuction to perform a high-definition or mid-definition body contouring of abdominal wall, arms or buttock areas.


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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.

  • Liposuction surgery represents the base for Fat Transfer and the Brazilian Butt Lift

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 mechanic-assisted liposuction and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (VASER) would help you achieve your goals more effectively. Arm Lift and thigh lift procedures can often be combined with liposuction if the excess of skin is too large to follow a substantial fat reduction. Certainly, diet should be the first approach when possible, according to body habit, time and lifestyle.

BEFORE YOUR LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE:

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

DURING YOUR CONSULTATION, YOU WILL:
  • Have the opportunity to explain your reasons for seeking liposuction.

  • 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 overexposure to the sun

  • Committing not to make serious dietary changes

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 liposuction technique being used will dictate how long the procedure will take.

  • Tiny incisions (1.5cm) are made into the skin and tubes used to remove the excess fatty tissue

  • In VASER lipectomy and laser-assisted liposuction the fatty tissue is broken down further before being taken on

  • Incisions are closed with self-dissolving suture or left open with a suctioning drain for 2-7 days.

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 for the first 24-72 hours.

  • You will be required to wear a snug elastic garment or wrapped bandages

  • You should walk around as soon as possible

  • Sutures are usually self-dissolving so there is no need to struggle

  • 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

  • It is essential to arrange lymphatic-drainage-massages to start immediately after surgery; our clinic can help you find the specialist closer to you.

STILL GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT LIPOSUCTION?

Our expert cosmetic surgeon Dr Cotrufo is an expert in body contouring and has considerable experience in performing only successful liposuction procedures.

As a specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery, he has worked in some of the best hospitals in the world and you will find only 5 star reviews about his liposuctions.

Dr Cotrufo performs combinations of VASER, Laser, Power-assisted liposuction to face, neck, armschest, backabdominal wall and lower limbs. 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 8732330 to book a personal consultation.

Vaser Liposuction

VASER liposuction is a cutting-edge liposuction technique that enables fat deposits to be precisely targeted. Using ultrasound waves, this revolutionary fat removal treatment can offer incredible body contouring results with less downtime and less pain compared to other traditional liposuction treatments.

The average waistline reduction after a single treatment was about 1 inch (2.5 cm), which is typically equal to one dress or pant size. Full results are usually seen in 8 to 12 weeks, though individual results will vary.

Dr Cotrufo uses this state-of-the-art technology to produce eye-catching results in just one procedure. The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage.

All treatments are tailored to the individual and personal experiences and results may vary.

Why choose Vaser Lipo?

If you’ve struggled with weight gain, and exercise and diet just haven’t given you the dramatic transformation you’d like, VASER lipo can help. It is a suitable fat removal treatment for both men and women and is powerful enough to eliminate substantial areas of fat but gentle enough to treat delicate areas such as the neck and arms.


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WHAT CAN VASER LIPOSUCTION ACHIEVE?
  • Produce eye-catching results in a single procedure

  • Easily remove large amounts of stored fat

  • Smooth skin even in delicate areas like the arms and neck

  • Refine and accentuate the appearance of muscles

IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO VASER LIPO?

There are other non-surgical treatments such as that also seek to tackle fat and surgical options such as which you may want to consider depending on your individual circumstances. Speaking to Dr Cotrufo about your goals should help you decide on the most appropriate course of treatment(s).

Dr Cotrufo performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures and will advice on the best possible treatment to achieve your desired results.

WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE YOUR CONSULTATION?

Meeting with your surgeon before your procedure will help to set clear expectations and put in place the good communication that is fundamental for creating a comfortable and relaxing experience.

DURING YOUR VASER LIPO 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 Vaser Lipo

  • Learn more about the 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.

WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE YOUR VASER LIPO PROCEDURE?

As your treatment approaches, you may be asked to make some small lifestyle changes and asked to avoid particular activities and medications

This may include:

  • Stopping smoking to help reduce bruising and make the healing much faster

  • Adjusting or stop taking certain medications

  • Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs

  • Avoiding sun overexposure, particularly to the face

  • Committing to not making stringent changes to your diet

THE VASER LIPO PROCEDURE:

Ultrasound energy is used to treat unwanted fat, loosening the cells from other tissues so they can be gently removed through a small tube. Depending on the number of areas being treated, the procedure can take as little as one hour or up to several hours.

The tissue is then removed with a traditional liposuction tube.

  • The Vaser lipo system is moved around the area to be treated, and treats for 30-60 minutes. The targeted area is injected with a special saline solution (tumescent fluid) to numb the area and shrink local blood vessels. It also temporarily expands the volume of the target area, making fat cells easier to remove.

  • Small probes are then inserted into the body through small incisions. These probes resonate at a high ultrasound frequency, shaking fat cells loose while leaving surrounding tissues intact.

  • The loose fat cells mix with the tumescent fluid and then removed from the body using special cannulas which help preserve the tissue matrix.

  • After surgery, patients are prescribed a recovery regimen to promote maximum skin retraction and smooth results. Your physician may recommend massage therapy to enhance results and speed recovery.

AFTER YOUR VASER LIPOSUCTION SURGERY:
You will be able to leave the clinic straight after your procedure.

Over the next 8 to 12 weeks, your body naturally processes and removes the destroyed fat tissue.

  • Within 7 days following your surgery, depending on the area treated, you will have a wound check to assess your sutures which should gradually dissolve. Avoid getting the incision area wet as some warm moist environment harbours bacteria and may lead to a possible wound infection.

  • You should expect some bruising, swelling and pain after your procedure; some swelling may linger for several months.

  • You’ll be up and walking around comfortably after a day or two; please be aware that you may require some assistance in the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery.

  • Your garment must be worn for between four-six weeks, as advised by your doctor, to aid healing, reduce swelling and, most importantly help ensure a good contour to your treated areas

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT VASER LIPOSUCTION?

Dr Cotrufo performs combinations of VASER, Laser, Power-assisted liposuction to face, neck, armschest, back, abdominal wall and lower limbs. 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 8732330 to book a personal consultation.

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 a 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, 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 communication flows between you and your surgeon.   You can begin to establish this relationship and to set expectations during your consultation.

DURING YOUR CALF IMPLANT 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 to not making stringent changes to your diet

If the procedure is to be done under general anaesthetic, you 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 to 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.

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