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Chief Surgeon

Dr Stefano Cotrufo

Dr Stefano Cotrufo is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 15 years’ experience working in London as a cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery specialist. He performs a wide range of cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures from his private practice in Harley Street.

Face Lift

A facelift, which is also known by the technical terms rhytidectomy and rhytoplasty, improves the visible signs of ageing by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and redraping the skin of the face and neck. The procedure can be carried out alone or in conjunction with complementary surgeries such as a brow lift, forehead lift, eyelift surgery, stem cell injection, nose reshaping or liposuction.

Why choose a facelift?

The effects of ageing are frequently most pronounced on the face, where the impact of sun exposure and other stresses can be seen in the form of creases and lines around the eyes, nose and mouth. Folds of fat may appear around your neck as the jaw line slackens.

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A facelift seeks to address these changes, making you appear more youthful by giving definition back to the face.

WHAT CAN A FACE LIFT ACHIEVE?
  • Enhance features, regaining definition

  • Minimise jowls and reduce appearance of fat folds

  • Correct displacement of muscles, fat and skin that have altered through age

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO A FACE LIFT?

There are a number of cosmetic procedures that work alongside a facelift or neck lift to give you a rejuvenated appearance (Botulin Toxin, dermal fillersProfhilothread lift) or address particular problems. Dr Cotrufo will be able to advise which procedure or procedures will allow you to best target a specific area.

BEFORE YOUR FACE LIFT CONSULTATION

Whether you choose to have a single procedure or a combination, feeling relaxed and comfortable about your surgery starts with good communication between yourself and the surgeon.  This should begin in your consultation.

DURING YOUR CONSULTATION, YOU WILL:
  • Have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for surgery

  • Be given time to pose questions to Dr Cotrufo

  • Be given a health evaluation

  • Have your face, neck and skin condition assessed

  • Discuss the facial surgery options available to you

  • Spend time talking through the benefits and potential risks of surgery

  • Talk about what will happen before, during and after your facelift

As your facelift surgery approaches, you may be asked to make minor changes to your lifestyle and in particular to avoid some 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 the procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, you will need to follow fasting instructions.

THE FACE LIFT PROCEDURE:
  • A facelift lift will usually take several hours, though it will last longer if you’ve decided to have multiple procedures

  • The time of the surgery will also be impacted by the type of anaesthesia and the technique used

  • Incisions are made above the hairline and extend beyond the front of the ear, moving behind the earlobe to the lower scalp

  • If the neck is also being lifted, a small incision may also be made under the chin

  • Fatty tissue may be removed from around the neck or chin

  • The skin is secured back in place with clips and sutures

  • A small thin tube may be placed under the skin behind your skin to drain any blood and your head will be wrapped to minimise swelling and bruising

AFTER YOUR FACE LIFT

It is likely that you will stay in the clinic for 1-2 nights after surgery, during which time you may have a drip fitted to your arm to help keep you hydrated. It’s also common to have some fluid tubes to draw any fluid away. When you are ready to leave, we recommend a friend or relative drives you home and assists you with your facelift recovery.

After that:

  • Take around 1 week off work after surgery and take things easy

  • Keep your head elevated and as still as possible for the first few days

  • Remove bandages after 1-5 days

  • On the second day after your operation you should be able to shower with slightly warm water

  • Walk around as soon as possible

  • After 7-14 days, the stitches and clips are removed

  • Bruising and swelling should start to subside after 7-14 days

  • Not use a hairdryer or colour, pull or wrap your hair

  • Avoid steam baths, saunas and sunbathing for 1-3 months

  • Avoid strenuous activity of any kind for 1 month

  • The appearance of scars may take a year to settle

  • Use camouflage makeup to mask bruising while it fades if you wish

  • You will attend scheduled aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo who will monitor your progress

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A FACE LIFT?

Facelift surgeries are very personal procedures. Ensure you’re happy with the course of treatment you decide upon by fully discussing the options available to you. The clinic’s surgeon, Dr Cotrufo, is an expert in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery and specialises in carrying out surgeries to the face.

If you would like to discuss your face surgery options and their cost or the aftercare you can expect to receive, should you choose to have a facelift at our clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.

Dr Cotrufo did a wonderful job with my surgery. Throughout the entire experience he was wonderful. His assistant also has been great to me. Always checking up and calling to make sure I felt okay after surgery. I have been so happy with my outcome and experience with these two individuals. Thank you!

L.V.
★★★★★

Neck Lift

A neck lift can help you revitalize the look of the skin on your neck. Also called a platysmaplasty, this surgical procedure involves removing loose skin around the jaw and neck to create a wrinkle-free, smooth and youthful appearance.

The signs of ageing that affect the face and neck are often the most noticeable. A neck lift could help reverse these signs.

Why choose a neck lift?

As we age, the skin on our neck can start to sag and develop wrinkles over time. It can also be the case that dramatic weight loss has resulted in loose and unsightly excess skin gathering around the neck, or that sun damage has resulted in wrinkles developing.

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All of this can make you feel self-conscious, and it is in cases like these, having a neck lift can be extremely beneficial.

Dr Cotrufo is a highly-respected cosmetic surgeon who can help you achieve optimal results through a neck lift. Using years of experience, he can provide you with the youthful, natural look you desire.

WHAT CAN A NECK LIFT ACHIEVE?
  • Enhance features, regaining definition

  • Minimise jowls and reduce appearance of fat folds

  • Correct displacement of muscles, fat and skin that have altered through age

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO A NECK LIFT?

There are a number of cosmetic procedures that work alongside a neck lift to give you a rejuvenated appearance (Profilhothread lift) or address particular problems. Dr Cotrufo will be able to advise which procedure or procedures will allow you to best target a specific area.

BEFORE YOUR NECK LIFT CONSULTATION

Whether you choose to have a single procedure or a combination, feeling relaxed and comfortable about your surgery starts with good communication between yourself and the surgeon.  This should begin in your consultation.

During your consultation, you will:
  • Have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for surgery

  • Be given time to pose questions to Dr Cotrufo

  • Be given a health evaluation

  • Have your face, neck and skin condition assessed

  • Discuss the facial surgery options available to you

  • Spend time talking through the benefits and potential risks of surgery

  • Talk about what will happen before, during and after your neck lift

As your neck lift surgery approaches, you may be asked to make minor changes to your lifestyle and in particular to avoid some 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 the procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, you will need to follow fasting instructions.

THE NECK LIFT PROCEDURE

During the procedure, excess and loose fat and skin from around the area is removed, and the remaining skin is then tightened to create a smooth and wrinkle-free appearance.

AFTER YOUR NECK LIFT

It is likely that you will stay in the clinic for 1-2 nights after surgery, during which time you may have a drip fitted to your arm to help keep you hydrated. It’s also common to have some fluid tubes to draw any fluid away. When you are ready to leave, we recommend a friend or relative drives you home and assists you with your necklift recovery.

After that:

  • Take around 1 week off work after surgery and take things easy

  • Keep your head elevated and as still as possible for the first few days

  • Remove bandages after 1-5 days

  • On the second day after your operation you should be able to shower with slightly warm water

  • Walk around as soon as possible

  • After 7-14 days, the stitches and clips are removed

  • Bruising and swelling should start to subside after 7-14 days

  • Not use a hairdryer or colour, pull or wrap your hair

  • Avoid steam baths, saunas and sunbathing for 1-3 months

  • Avoid strenuous activity of any kind for 1 month

  • The appearance of scars may take a year to settle

  • Use camouflage makeup to mask bruising while it fades if you wish

  • You will attend scheduled aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo who will monitor your progress

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A NECK LIFT?

Neck lift surgeries are very personal procedures. Ensure you’re happy with the course of treatment you decide upon by fully discussing the options available to you. The clinic’s surgeon, Dr Cotrufo, is an expert in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery and specialises in carrying out surgeries to the face.

If you would like to discuss your neck surgery options and their cost or the aftercare you can expect to receive, should you choose to have a facelift at our clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.

Neck Lift with Vaser

The Neck Lift with Vaser Liposuction procedure is a neck contouring procedure that uses a minimally-invasive form of liposuction, so there is less downtime, and the results look natural.

Vaser liposuction is a highly effective alternative to a neck lift, and so without having extensive surgery, you can completely revitalise and change the look of this area.

Why choose a neck lift with Vaser liposuction?

Neck contouring can rid you of troublesome excess sagging skin and fat. The neck is one of the most common places for hard-to-get-rid-of fat to accumulate, and it is often difficult to trim this area with diet and exercise alone.


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You don’t have to undergo a full neck lift in order to achieve the desired results. With vaser lipo, Dr Cotrufo can break down fatty deposits, giving you noticeable results straight away.

WHAT CAN A VASER LIPO NECK LIFT ACHIEVE?
  • Remove double chin

  • Give a smooth and contoured neckline

  • Remove wrinkles and tighten the neck

  • Remove excess fat and skin

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO A NECK LIFT WITH LIPOSUCTION?

There are a number of non-surgical and cosmetic procedures that work alongside a neck lift to give you a rejuvenated appearance (Profilhothread lift) or address particular problems. Dr Cotrufo will be able to advise which procedure or procedures will allow you to best target a specific area.

BEFORE YOUR VASER NECK LIFT CONSULTATION

Whether you choose to have a single procedure or a combination, feeling relaxed and comfortable about your surgery starts with good communication between yourself and the surgeon.  This should begin in your consultation.

DURING YOUR NECK LIFT CONSULTATION, YOU WILL:
  • Have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for surgery

  • Be given time to pose questions to Dr Cotrufo

  • Be given a health evaluation

  • Have your face, neck and skin condition assessed

  • Discuss the facial surgery options available to you

  • Spend time talking through the benefits and potential risks of surgery

  • Talk about what will happen before, during and after your neck lift with VaserLipo

As your neck lift surgery approaches, you may be asked to make minor changes to your lifestyle and in particular to avoid some 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 the procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, you will need to follow fasting instructions.

THE NECK LIFT WITH LIPOSUCTION 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.

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.

  • 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 neck 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. Dr Cotrufo may recommend massage therapy to enhance results and speed recovery.

AFTER YOUR VASER LIPO NECK LIFT:
  • 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.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT A NECK LIFT WITH VASER LIPOSUCTION?

Using this state of the art technique, Dr Cotrufo can help restore your confidence and help you feel proud of your neck and jawline. Every care is taken to ensure the treatment is best suited to the individual for an effortless, natural-looking result.

If you would like to discuss your neck surgery options and their cost or the aftercare you can expect to receive, should you choose to have a facelift at our clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.

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