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Liposuction Area Spotlight: The Ankles and Calves

The ankle and calf area are not areas where many people may think about undergoing liposuction. However, you may find it interesting that these areas are becoming increasingly popular.

In the past, liposuction of these areas came with some complications, and often produced less than satisfactory results. The good news is that, with newer procedures, liposuction of the ankles and calves are now showing much better results, as well as fewer complications and risks.

Why Consider Liposuction of the Ankles and Calves

Many people accumulate fat in these areas, and can create legs that look out of proportion with the rest of the body. When you undergo liposuction in the ankles and calves, you can have more shapely legs with a tapered look.

Are You a Candidate?

Candidates for liposuction in the ankles and calves should have “pinchable” fat in these areas. Legs can be classified as localized or circumferentially heavy legs. The circumferential type is characterized by fat deposits which are not well defined, and the leg is considered to be fat. With the localized category, the lower calves and ankles have defined bulges and have a tubular appearance.

The Liposuction Procedure

Contouring of the leg can give an overall improvement to the shape of your legs. The procedure is done with a tumescent liposuction technique. A tumescent anesthetic is administered via injection to the treatment area. This injection will numb the area, as well as loosen up the fat deposits that will be removed. After the area is numb, tiny cannulas will be used to suction away the excess fat. Because you will be awake during the procedure, the doctor may ask you to move so the results will be balanced.

After the procedure, you will be instructed to wear compression garments to promote proper healing. Additionally, you should make sure that you regularly elevate your legs during the first week of recovery. You will find that there a very few complications that come with the tumescent liposuction procedure, so you can feel safe and secure with the outcome.

If you are interested in having more defined and contoured legs, you may want to considered liposuction. We urge you to call us to schedule a consultation with us at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Veins Center. We will discuss the entire procedure and how it can help you get more shapely legs!