A well-contoured body complete with smooth and natural lines is a highly desirable look for both men and women alike. Achieving this aesthetic can be more difficult than one might expect, especially when faced with factors such as the natural aging process and genetic predisposition. While it’s easy to assume that the desire to contour the body revolves primarily around the mid-region, arms, or face, the calves and ankles are also a focal point for patients that struggle from stubborn fat deposits.
Fat cells that tend to accumulate in the calves or ankles can cause a disproportionate look to the legs which can leave individuals struggling to accept their body shape and may ultimately play a role in overall self-confidence. When it comes to fat cells in these particular areas, it might be that even the strictest of diets and commitment to exercise won’t be enough to reduce or eliminate fat—especially where genetics come into play.
Fortunately, fat deposits developing and staying in the calves and ankles isn’t a condition or look that an individual simply has to live with. Incredible advancements in the field of cosmetic treatments mean patients today enjoy more choices than ever when it comes to making changes to their bodies that promote self-confidence and healthy living styles. Among the many options available to prospective patients is an approach known as tumescent liposuction.
As with any form of liposuction, tumescent liposuction for the calves and ankles is not meant as a weight-loss solution but is designed to work strictly as a sculpting and smoothing technique for the body. The precise nature of tumescent liposuction, in particular, makes it well suited for the smaller areas around the calves and ankles that need to be attended to during this procedure.
Tumescent liposuction is a very safe, efficient and highly effective solution to removing stubborn fat cells from around the calves and ankles. Many patients are drawn to this procedure thanks to the fact it can be performed as an outpatient treatment right in the comfort of the attending physician’s office. Many patients undergoing this form of treatment are thrilled to learn that the entire process can take under an hour with a minimal recovery time involved. The process is simple and straightforward, often providing patients with results they are pleased with for years to come.
The process begins with the physician clearly marking the treatment area. Once marked, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area and ensure the patient enjoys a comfortable and painless procedure. The use of a local anesthetic means patients don’t have to worry about any of the risks associated with the use of general anesthesia or those involved with a lengthy hospital stay and recovery. Once the treatment site is completely numb, the physician will create micro-incisions just large enough to insert a microcannula through. With the cannula in place, fat deposits can be safely and quickly suctioned out of the body.
Patients that elect tumescent liposuction to contour the calves and ankles will often be able to return to their daily routines and functions within 48 hours of treatment. Compression garments are generally prescribed following liposuction to promote a healthy recovery and ample blood flow to the treatment area as well. The use of micro-devices throughout the procedure means patients enjoy a recovery period without having to care for large incisions, stitches or eventual scarring. While many patients see some form of immediate result, the best of the results can be expected to be visible within 3-4 weeks following liposuction.
While some patients choose tumescent liposuction for the calves and ankles exclusively for cosmetic reasons, other patients suffering from lipedema may find that this type of liposuction has long-term health benefits overall. The team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center is always here to help walk patients through the many payment and financing options available in-clinic as an added convenience.
When you’re considering the many benefits of tumescent liposuction and wondering if this treatment option might be right for you, be sure to contact Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center to learn more about our many services and how this solution might be the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for. At our clinic, patients enjoy comprehensive care that takes health history, personal preference and a trusting relationship into account with each and every visit. No matter what your aesthetic goals may be, our team is here to help you achieve it. We look forward to seeing you soon!